The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 replaces previous fire safety legislation.
Any fire certificate issued under the Fire Precautions Act 1971 is now withdrawn. If a fire certificate has been issued in respect of your premises or the premises were built to recent building regulations, as long as you have made no material alterations and all the physical fire precautions have been properly maintained, then it is unlikely you will need to make any significant improvements to your existing physical fire protection arrangements to comply with the Order.
However, you must still:
- Carry out a fire risk assessment
- Keep it up to date to ensure that all the fire precautions in your premises remain current and adequate.
If you have previously carried out a fire risk assessment under the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997, as amended 1999, and this assessment has been regularly reviewed, then all you will need to do now is revise that assessment taking account of the wider scope of the Order as described in the guide. You can view the 'Short Guide to making your premises safe from fire' on the GOV.UK website.
Your premises may also be subject to the provisions of a license or registration (e.g. under the Licensing Act 2003) and the Fire Authority may wish to review your fire risk assessment as part of the licensing approval process.
Fire safety conditions within your license should not be set by a licensing authority where the Order applies.
The person, people or organisation in control of the premises, the 'Responsible Person', that previously held a Fire Certificate, will now have to assess the fire risks in all those premises, i.e.
1. Carry out a Fire Risk Assessment
2. Provide and Maintain:
- Means for detecting and giving warning in case of fire
- Means of escape and Emergency Lighting
- Fire Safety Signs
- Fire Fighting Equipment
- Monitor and review the Risk Assessment and revise as needed on an annual basis.
- Inform staff or their representative of the risks.
- Plan for an emergency.
- Provide staff information and training.
- Nominate persons to assist.
- The objective of the assessment
The Objective of The Fire Risk Assessment
The principle of the Regulations and the Risk Assessment approach is goal based and is flexible to Employers’ needs.
The Employer generates the risk in the workplace, therefore to safeguard the safety of employees, the Employer must:
1. Identify fire hazards.
2. Identify people at risk.
3. Evaluate, remove, reduce and protect from risk.
4. Manage the remaining risks to acceptable levels by:
- Ensuring that all occupants are alerted and can leave the premises safely in the event of fire
- Reducing the probability of a fire starting.
- Limiting the effects should a fire occur
5. Review and revise the assessment.
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