This is largely common sense but it is easy overlook key elements of safety. However, good practice of fire safety, ensures you are fulfilling legal requirements keeping your staff safe.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that any person with any level of control in a premises is responsible for taking steps as far as is reasonably practicable to reduce the risk of fire and to have emergency plans in place. A key part of this responsibility is ensuring employees are adequately trained.
UK fire legislation exists to ensure that almost all types of premises apart from private homes are assessed in terms of their fire safety. In England and Wales it is The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. Scotland has a similar legislation namely Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and Northern Ireland has The Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010. Although there are differences in the detail of each legislation, they mostly specify the same type of premises and similar requirements.
Premises covered by The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order include the following (the list is not exhaustive):