It is vitally important that the correct fire alarm system is specified to ensure that it is fit for purpose and installed in accordance with UK statutory regulations to the relevant British standards as recommended in The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. All non-domestic buildings are covered in the act.
Meaning of “responsible person”
“In this Order “responsible person” means—
(a)in relation to a workplace, the employer, if the workplace is to any extent under his control;
(b)in relation to any premises not falling within paragraph (a)—
(i)the person who has control of the premises (as occupier or otherwise) in connection with the carrying on by him of a trade, business or other undertaking (for profit or not); or
(ii)the owner, where the person in control of the premises does not have control in connection with the carrying on by that person of a trade, business or other undertaking”.
Essentially, the responsible person as defined under the act, must conduct a fire risk assessment to ascertain what fire protection systems are required to meet statutory law. However, UK legislation does not provide detailed information on how and what fire alarm and detection systems should be installed but will quote relevant British standards such as BS 5839. All fire alarm systems in the UK should be installed and maintained to BS 5839 which is the British Standard for Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems for Buildings. The standard provides recommendations on fire alarm design, installation, planning commissioning and maintenance of fire alarms and fire detection systems.