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Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Link below to the full legislation:


From the 1st of October 2006 the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, otherwise known as 'the Fire Safety Order' came into force in England & Wales. The Fire Safety Order now supersedes the old system of fire certificates which no longer carry any legal bearing.

If you own or operate a business you will now have to comply with the law in regards to fire safety in relation to your staff and any visitors to your work premises. The Fire Safety Order only applies to non-domestic premises and as such private dwellings, construction sites, ships, offshore installations and vehicles are not covered by the order.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 introduces some significant changes. As well as simplifying current legislation, it introduces the need for employers, building owners and occupiers to have a greater understanding of fire safety and nominate a "responsible person" to ensure compliance.

The Fire Safety order now requires any person who exercises some level of control in premises to take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and ensure occupants can safely escape if a fire does occur.

A fire risk assessment should be carried out annually at your premises to ensure that you comply with current standards and that adequate fire safety and escape measures are in place.

Where Does The Fire Safety Order apply?

The Order applies to virtually all work premises and covers nearly every type of building, structure and open space.

Examples of areas include:

Offices and shops
Premises that provide care
Community halls
The common areas of houses in multiple occupation
Pubs, clubs and restaurants
Tents and marquees
Hotels and hostels
Factories and warehouses

What are the main requirements of the Order?

The responsible person is required to:

1. Carry out or nominate someone to carry out a fire risk assessment identifying the risks and hazards.
2. Consider who may be especially at risk.
3. Eliminate or reduce the risk from fire as far as is reasonably practical and provide general fire precautions to deal with any residual risk.
4. Take additional measures to ensure fire safety where flammable or explosive materials are used or stored.
5. Create a plan to deal with any emergency and, in most cases, document your findings.
6. Review the findings as necessary.

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Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005