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In England and Wales, if you’re an employer, owner, landlord or occupier of business or other non-domestic premises including a residential block of flats, you are responsible for the fire safety of the building.

As the responsible person, there are certain things you must do by law under the Fire Safety Order, which is enforced by your local fire and rescue authority. It is imperative that the responsible person ensures that the relevant building complies with the ever changing fire safety standards and this should be achieved by undertaking a regular (recommended annual) Fire Risk Assessment. Failure to comply with current legislation can lead to fines and/or imprisonment in the event of death due to fire. Failure to retain an up to date Fie Risk Assessment file will also compromise building and contents insurance. Whitton and Laing Chartered Surveyors are qualified risk assessors and are able to provide all necessary reports, recommendations as well as being able to appoint and oversee any required improvement works.

If you are the owner, tenant or  person simply responsible for maintenance of non-domestic premises including communal areas of residential flats, you have a 'duty to manage' the asbestos in them, to protect anyone using or working in the premises from the risks to health that exposure to asbestos causes. It is imperative to produce and keep up-to-date, a file of the location and condition of the asbestos or asbestos containing materials along with any materials which are presumed to contain asbestos. The file should consider the risk of anyone being exposed to fibres from the materials identified. Whitton & Laing Surveyors are able to offer asbestos inspections/reports to include sample testing. Our report will set out in detail the material and its location, condition, recommended remedial works (if any) and how the risks from these materials should be managed. It is recommended that periodic review of the risk file is undertaken so that the plan remains relevant and up-to-date ensuring that the responsible person complies with current legislation.

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