Fire Risk Guides Fire Safety Law & Free Guidance Documents from the Local Government Website
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) came into effect in October 2006 and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law. The RRO applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).
As a business owner or employer, you are responsible for ensuring all aspects of fire safety in the workplace are looked after, recorded and up to standard. The Fire Service role in your site fire safety is purely as an enforcing authority, responsible for making sure that premises and staff are safe, and prosecution where this isn't the case. Recent prosecutions include a chip shop which was investigate after a fire, and was fined £21 000.
The Reform Order applies to you if you are:
• Responsible for business premises
• An employer or self-employed with business premises
• Responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes
• A charity or voluntary organisation
• A contractor with a degree of control over any premises
• Providing accommodation for paying guests Under the RRO, the responsible person must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain a fire management plan. More detailed advice and guidance on the implementation of a fire risk management plan can be found in the series of guidance documents available below.
Risk Assessment Guidance
The Government has produced guides on fire safety in the workplace, which are available through the links below:
Although guidance is available, the fire safety process is not easy, and outside advice may be a good idea. For a no obilgation site visit and quote, or for any fire safety advice, call chriss at FSS Ltd on 01246 434 314