Responsible Person For Fire Safety

Do you know who is responsible in your workplace during a fire emergency? When engaging with an employer about fire safety, we find they often don’t understand the duties of a responsible person. We’re here to change that.

What is a responsible person in fire safety?

A responsible person for fire safety is the unsung hero within a commercial premises.

With a watchful eye and a deep sense of responsibility, they are tasked with implementing crucial fire safety measures. Their role extends beyond ordinary fire drills and safety precautions. They conduct meticulous risk assessments, identifying and neutralising potential fire hazards.

Who does this sound like within your business?

The Importance of Training your responsible person

At trainingEXP, we recognise the utmost significance of fire safety in commercial premises. That is why we give tremendous emphasis to the critical requirement for every establishment to appoint a designated responsible person with specialised training in fire safety.

This individual assumes a pivotal role in safeguarding the well-being and security of all building users.

We strive to create a safe and secure working environment for all. Our comprehensive training programmes equip individuals with the necessary expertise to carry out their responsibilities effectively and contribute to the overall fire safety of the premises.

The Legal Requirements for your workplace

For all premises that fall within the scope of the Fire Safety Order, there will be an identifiable Responsible Person. However the identity of the Responsible Person will depend on whether or not the premises are a workplace. Your responsible person could be:

  • an employer
  • the owner
  • the landlord
  • an occupier
  • anyone else with control of the premises, for example a facilities manager, building manager, managing agent or risk assessor.

Our Health & Safety Training Courses

Experience the convenience and flexibility of our extensive Health & Safety course library. With a wide selection of courses to choose from, you can effortlessly meet the training needs of your employees.

Our flexible eLearning courses enable you to select the courses that suit you and your team, all at a time that best fits your schedule. This seamless integration into your day-to-day business activities ensures that productivity remains uninterrupted.

Whether it’s refreshing knowledge on workplace hazards, understanding safety protocols, or promoting a culture of occupational well-being, our comprehensive eLearning courses have got you covered.

Responsible Person (Fire Safety) Course

This FireQual Recognised course provides you with an in-depth understanding of the requirements to manage fire safety within buildings in line with the RRFSO (2005), Fire Safety Act 2021, Fire Safety England Regulations 2023, and the newly reformed Building Safety Act 2022.
As an addition to the course, you will be giving an insight into Passive Fire Protection where you will learn about fire doors and firestopping.


About the course

The course equips professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively manage fire safety within buildings.

Through this learning program, you will acquire the expertise needed to navigate the complex industry requirements and procedures.

Our curriculum covers a comprehensive range of regulatory standards that will enable you to excel in fire safety management. Additionally, you’ll gain a deep understanding of the responsibilities associated with being a ‘Responsible Person’ and the requirements aligned with the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 & The Building Safety Act 2022.

As part of the course, you will receive:

  • A Fire Door Checklist & Fire Risk Assessment Template
  • British Standard Guidance for Fire Doors
  • trainingEXP’s Fire Safety Guide
  • Fire Risk Assessment Template
  • Regulatory Guidance Documents


In order to truly grasp the importance of the ‘Responsible Person’ role, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of what constitutes a commercial building.

Commercial buildings are more than just brick and mortar; they are dynamic spaces where business activities thrive.

From the bustling office buildings that house the heartbeat of a company to the vibrant retail spaces filled with eager shoppers, and the warehouses brimming with inventory waiting to be dispatched – these are all examples of commercial buildings.

Why is this important?

Understanding the scope of a commercial building is the key to unlocking the responsibilities and fire safety requirements that rest on the shoulders of the ‘Responsible Person.’

By comprehending the unique challenges and potential hazards present in these spaces, the ‘Responsible Person’ can effectively carry out their duty to protect the wellbeing of all occupants and ensure a safe working environment.

At trainingEXP we know it can be overwhelming to comprehend the unique challenges and potential hazards present in these spaces. But listen, if this is all still a lot to take in, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. 


Our trainers are highly experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge of the health and safety industry. They bring real-world experience to the training sessions, providing practical insights and best practices.

Our fire safety courses are designed to meet the unique needs of a variety of businesses, ensuring that responsible persons have access to essential training. Whether you are in need of basic first aid training or manual handling, we have it all.

Our online courses grant you the freedom to learn at your own pace and convenience. With 24/7 access, you have the flexibility to study wherever and whenever works best for you, ensuring maximum convenience and flexibility.

All of our online and in-person courses are expertly tailored to local regulations and standards. By aligning our training with specific requirements, we ensure that your training is directly relevant to your role as a responsible person.

At trainingEXP, our mission is to transform Passive Fire Training by utilising state-of-the-art virtual reality technology to produce captivating and realistic learning EXPeriences. Ensuring learners are equipped with expertise needed to excel.

Our courses are designed to help you meet regulatory requirements. Upon completion of the courses, you will receive certification, demonstrating your commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy working environment.

Responsible Person FAQS

A responsible person in fire safety is an individual who has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring fire prevention and protection in a workplace or commercial property.

They are typically designated as the person who has control of the premises, such as the employer, owner, or the person who controls the premises.

The responsible person should have a good understanding of fire safety regulations and procedures and should take appropriate measures to mitigate fire risks. 

Fire safety awareness is the responsibility of everyone in a workplace or commercial property.

While the responsible person plays a crucial role in implementing fire safety measures, all employees and occupants should also be aware of fire hazards, evacuation procedures, and preventive measures.

Maintaining a safe environment and preventing workplace fires are responsibilities that should be shared by everyone. 

The duties of a responsible person in fire safety can include: 

  • Conducting a fire risk assessment and implementing appropriate measures to reduce fire risks. 
  • Ensuring that fire safety equipment, such as fire alarms, extinguishers, and emergency lighting, is properly maintained and regularly tested. 
  • Developing and implementing fire evacuation plans and procedures and ensuring that all occupants are familiar with them. 
  • Providing fire safety training to employees and occupants, including fire prevention, evacuation procedures, and how to use fire safety equipment. 
  • Keeping records of fire safety activities, such as risk assessments, equipment maintenance, and training. 

The frequency of fire safety training required may vary depending on several factors, including the nature of the workplace, the level of fire risk, and national or local regulations.

Generally, it is recommended to provide fire safety training to employees when they start working in a new position and to refresh their training periodically, typically every 1-3 years.

However, it is important to check specific requirements from relevant regulatory authorities or fire safety codes in your jurisdiction to ensure compliance. 

Yes, it is a legal requirement to have a designated person responsible for fire safety in many jurisdictions.

The responsible person is accountable for ensuring that appropriate fire safety measures are in place and comply with relevant fire safety regulations and codes.

Failure to comply with these legal requirements may result in penalties or legal consequences. 

Yes, it is possible to have more than one responsible person for fire safety, especially in larger or complex premises.

In some cases, multiple individuals may share the responsibility for different aspects of fire safety, such as fire risk assessments, maintenance of fire safety equipment, or training.

However, it is important to ensure clear communication and coordination between the responsible persons to avoid any gaps or overlaps in fire safety responsibilities.

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