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fire safety legislation

From 1st October 2006 the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) requires the Responsible Person (RP) of any non-domestic premises (including shared areas within blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupation) to carry out a fire risk assessment.

The RRO has been designed to reduce the regulatory burden on the private sector and over 100 pieces of legislation with fire safety content have been repealed and replaced with one simple risk assessment process. This repeal of legislation means that if you have a Fire Certificate issued to your premises under previous legislation then it is no longer valid and you need to ensure you comply with the new requirements.

This legislation is applicable if you are responsible for the business premises, an employer or self-employed within a premises, responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes, a charitable or voluntary organisation, a contractor with a degree of control over any premises as well as someone providing accommodation for paying guests. 

fire safety law

fire risk assessment

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) lays out the foundation of the risk assessment whereby the Responsible Person (RP) must take matters into account for safety with regard to the following aspects: -       

  • Means of detection and giving warning in case of fire
  • The provision of means of escape
  • Means of fighting fire
  • The training of staff in fire safety

Furthermore to achieve an acceptable level of protection to employees and other ’relevant persons’ the RP must: -

  • Carry out a fire risk assessment of the workplace
  • Identify significant findings of the risk assessment and detail anyone who might be at risk in case of fire. This must be recorded if more than five persons are employed
  • Provide and maintain such fire precautions as are necessary to safeguard those who use the workplace in the form of a management plan
  • Provide information, instruction and training to employees and other ‘Relevant Persons’ regarding the fire precautions in the workplace
  • Review as necessary

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