Obligations relating to fire safety are set out in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the RRO). Pharmacists are responsible for complying with the RRO in relation to both the internal pharmacy and any external areas, such as car parks, loading bays and pathways.
The RRO requires pharmacists, as employers and/or owners and/or tenants of premises, to:
It is an offence not to comply with the provisions of the RRO, and contractors could be liable for a fine or even imprisonment.
The above is a general overview and we recommend that independent legal advice is sought for your specific concerns.
Charlotte Boyd is a solicitor and member of the pharmacy transactions real estate team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP