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Business Safety

We're committed to providing advice and information about fire safety issues and legislation to all businesses across Essex.

Here, you will find a range of information and links to guidance which has been published to assist responsible persons to comply with current legislation.


Business owners are responsible for the protection of their property and the safety of their workforce.

Businesses are also required to carry out their own fire risk assessments and create an effective escape plan.

If you need further advice, our fire safety officers can help. Please contact your local team using the relevant details in the next section.

Business Fire Safety Awareness Tool

If you are unsure about your legal responsibilities for fire safety in your business, you can try out the Business Fire Safety Awareness Tool to check your knowledge. 

You can take part in an interactive walkthrough to understand your legal duties for fire safety in the workplace.

How the tool works
  • This tool is an interactive virtual tour around fictional premises.
  • It's designed to give you an overview of fire safety responsibilities following a fire risk assessment on your premises. 
  • As you move around the virtual workplace, you'll see potential issues to spot and correct.
  • The tool will also ask you fire safety questions to test your knowledge.
  • This tool is for general fire safety awareness in the workplace, it is not intended as training tool for completing a fire risk assessment. If you need guidance on your fire risk assessment, please read our guidance on fire risk assessments

The tool was designed by the National Fire Chiefs Council to help business owners learn more about fire safety. 

Contact our Fire Safety Officers:

South West Essex

Covering Basildon, Brentwood, Epping and Grays Districts

South West Group Service Delivery Point
Basildon Fire Station
Essex SS14 1EH

Tel: 01376 576700

South East Essex

Covering Chelmsford, Castle Point, Southend and Rochford Districts

South East Group Service Delivery Point
Rayleigh Weir Fire Station
500 Rayleigh Road
Essex SS7 3TR

Tel: 01376 576500

North East Essex

Covering Colchester, Maldon and Tendring Districts

North East Group Service Delivery Point
Colchester Fire Station
Cowdray Avenue

Tel: 01376 576600

North West Essex

Covering Harlow, Braintree and Uttlesford Districts

North West Group Service Delivery Point
Harlow Fire Station
Fourth Avenue
Essex CM20 1DU

Tel: 01376 576800  

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FAQ Business Fire Safety

Everything you need to know about Fire Safety Legislation for Businesses.


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