The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into force on 1st October 2006 and replaced many existing pieces of legislation including the Fire Precautions Act 1971 and the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 with a simple, single piece of legislation. The Order imposes an onus on the person responsible for the premises to provide and maintain sufficient fire precautions so that people can work in safety, or escape safely in the event of a fire or other serious event. The order applies to virtually all premises and nearly every type of building.
Failure to comply with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 by not undertaking a Fire Risk Assessment can leave you in breach. This could lead to a fine or imprisonment.
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The responsibility for fire safety in your premises falls on the 'Responsible person' - the owner or occupier. Their duties include:
•Taking fire precautions to ensure the safety of any employees or relevant persons who are not employees.
•Carrying out, or arranging to carry out if not competent, a Fire Risk Assessment.
•Ensuring adequate fire fighting and fire detection provided.
•Ensuring adequate emergency routes, exits and signage.
•Ensuring maintenance of premises, equipment and devices necessary for the safety of relevant persons.
•Ensuring employees are provided with adequate fire safety training.
Extinguishers must be serviced annually by a competent person in accordance with BS 5306 parts 3, 8 and 9.
Every type of extinguisher needs an on-site `Commissioning Service’ from new and ‘Basic Service' annually.