What is the Primary Authority Scheme (PAS)?
It gives businesses the right to form a statutory partnership with a single local authority. This provides robust and reliable advice for a business to standardise fire safety across their sites, through our assured advice and recommendations.
We undertake a thorough review of all overarching policies and procedures, relating to fire safety and review fire evacuation plans.
We work with your business to understand your main risks and provide constructive challenges on the management of these risks, to improve your businesses compliance.
We receive feedback from other fire authorities about a business in relation to inspections that have been carried out, complaints that have been received allowing them to build a picture of how the business’ procedures are working in practice.
This detailed understanding of your business means that, where an issue arises which may indicate a failure to meet legal requirements, the primary authority can:
The primary authority is also able to direct against enforcement action by another local authority, where your business has acted on Primary Authority Advice, and the proposed action is inconsistent with their advice.
Often referred to as ‘assured advice’ it can provide protection for a business and reduce a business’s exposure to the costs of unfair or inconsistent regulatory action.
Provided the business follows the advice, it doesn’t need to worry about responding to conflicting advice or even facing enforcement action from another local authority, that has a different interpretation of the legal requirements.
Businesses have different needs so it’s important that your business works with its primary authority, to understand and prioritise the regulatory risks faced by the business.
This will help you to understand where primary authority advice can add value.
It can be helpful to think of primary authority advice as falling into two broad areas:
How is advice provided?
A business is likely to have discussions with it’s primary authority around compliance issues, some of which will lead to advice being provided, and some of which will not.
This should not present any difficulties, if both partners are clear as to when primary authority advice is being provided, and what that advice is.
There is no statutory obligation within the scheme for advice to be in writing however, it is sensible to make sure that any advice given is always recorded and is accessible by both partners.
Primary authorities are required under the scheme to review their advice at appropriate intervals and when circumstances change.
Do you want to join a primary authority scheme?
If you’d like more information or to discuss further how we can help your business,
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