Fire Code Compliance for Businesses
The Fire Code: Ontario Regulation 213/07 is a provincial regulation made under Section 12 of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act 1997. The regulation requires the owner to be responsible for carrying out the provisions in the Ontario Fire Code, and defines “owner” as “any person, firm or corporation having control over any portion of the building or property under consideration and includes the persons in the building or property.” The “owner” is ultimately responsible but may delegate certain responsibilities to various supervisory staff. It is up to the Owner to ensure the delegated staff are performing the duties assigned to them.
- Development of emergency procedures to be followed at the time of an emergency.
- Appointment and organization of designated supervisory staff to carry out fire safety duties. The size of the organization and number of personnel required to carry out the requirements of the Fire Safety Plan will depend on the size of the building, specific hazards (oxygen use, flammable and combustible gases or liquids…) and fire safety equipment provided.
- Supervisory staff shall be instructed on all duties specified before any duties within the plan are assigned to them.
- A copy of the fire emergency procedures and other staff duties as detailed shall be given to all supervisory staff.
- Ensuring that all staff receives the appropriate training related to fire prevention, suppression and safety that is dictated by the needs and circumstances of the building and/or business. All staff training will be recorded and a copy of the record will be kept on file.
- Instruction to occupants so that they are aware of their responsibilities of fire safety.
- Scheduling and coordinating of regular fire drills in accordance with the Fire Code, incorporating emergency procedures appropriate to the building.
- Control of fire hazards in the building.
- Maintenance of building facilities provided for safety of the occupants.
- Provisions of alternate measures for safety of occupants during shutdown of fire protection equipment.
- Ensuring that checks, tests and inspections of building fire protection equipment and devices, as required by the Fire Code, are completed on schedule and that records are retained for a minimum of two years.
- Ensuring that any person performing or supervising the annual tests or annual inspections on the fire alarm system have successfully completed a program or course acceptable to the Fire Marshal.
- Ensuring that emergency procedures are posted on each floor.
- Notifying the Chief Fire Official regarding changes in the Fire Safety Plan (where applicable).
- Ensure the fire safety plan remains current and is reviewed annually. (where applicable).
- Where required, designate and train sufficient alternates to replace supervisory staff during any absence.
- Before demolition / construction, including hot surface applications, commences in or on the building or premises, the fire safety plan shall be revised to incorporate:
a) Temporary alternative measures for the fire safety of occupants during demolition / construction; and
b) Temporary procedures to control fire hazards associated with the demolition / construction, including procedures to mitigate risks to adjacent buildings.