The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 introduced the concept of the fire risk assessment to fire safety legislation. It replaced the outdated and ineffective fire certification regime that had been in place since 1971.
The Order applies to the majority premises in the UK with the exception of those buildings occupied as single private dwellings.
The Order firmly places a responsibility on the responsible person and outlines all the measures that must be taken to ensure the safety of all the people he or she is directly or indirectly responsible for.
The responsible person is:
The requirement of the Order is imposed on any person who has, to any extent, control of premises so far as the requirements relate to matters within his control.
Where two or more responsible persons share responsibility (e.g. tenant/landlord, multiple tenancy building or adjacent premises) the responsible persons must co-operate, share information and collaborate to provide measures.
Now the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is in force, building fire safety will be solely risk assessment led, therefore all premises regardless of size must conduct a comprehensive Fire Risk Assessment in order to;
The Government have issued guidance documents to provide support to those persons who have a responsibility under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
To view these guidance documents in PDF visit communities.gov.uk.
Or alternatively contact Fire Risk Services Ltd, for professional guidance and assistance.
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