Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005
In 1997 the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations were introduced requiring business that did not need a fire certificate to conduct a fire risk assessment. This new act broadly bought UK legislation into line with much of Europe.
In December 1999 the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations were amended. The amendment broadened the scope of the legislation to include businesses that had a fire certificate.
To simplify the legislation it has been
replaced with one common piece of regulation - The Regulatory Reform (Fire
safety Order) 2005.
Fire Certificates are no longer in force and instead Fire Risk Assessment
becomes the primary method to manage fire risk in the workplace. The new fire
regulations identifies a ‘responsible person’ who as its name would suggest is
required to ensure that a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment is on
site. Along with Fire Certificates being phased out the new fire legislation
requires the responsible person to take account of the impact that a fire might
have to surrounding premises and persons. This includes the safety of fire
fighters should they need to enter the premises. A fire risk assessment is
already required in line with the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1999.
However, from October 1st the new fire regulations will be enforced more
vigorously by the UK Fire & Rescue Service and as the government campaign
suggests – “failure to have a valid fire risk assessment on site could lead to
fines or imprisonment”
However, help is at hand to help you comply with the new fire regulations –
click on the Firesmart solutions link to find out just how quick and easy it can