fire prevention

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into force on 1st October 2006.

The 'Fire Safety Order' replaced the Fire Precautions Act 1971, and the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997.

The effect of the Order is to:

  • Create one simple fire safety regime applying to all 'non-domestic' premises;

  • Scrap fire certificates;

  • Place full responsibility for the fire safety of the occupants of premises and people who might be affected by a fire with the responsible person;

  • Require a Fire Risk Assessment to be carried out;

  • Require the preservation and maintenance of fire precautions required under building regulations, and other similar legislation, which are for the use and protection of the fire brigade;

  • Increase powers of entry for Fire Authorities to investigate fires and give them the power to take away samples for testing.

  • Place the emphasis on business continuity, and containing and preventing the spread of small fires;

  • Require the training of staff and provide fire emergency plans.

Employers must ensure the provision and maintenance of 'risk appropriate' fire precautions, which include adequate:

  • Fire-fighting equipment, fire detection & alarms;

  • Fire fighting measures, & nominated employees to implement them;

  • Adequate equipment & training;

  • Arrangements for contacting emergency services;

  • Emergency routes and exits; and

  • Maintenance of fire safety measures.

All fire safety measures provided must be as a result of a fire risk assessment, and where 5 or more persons are employed, the risk assessment must be recorded.

To help you carry out your fire risk assessment, the Government has issued 11 guidance documents, which can be purchased or downloaded free from the government website which can be found by typing 'fire safety guidance' into your search engine.

If you are unsure how to carry out your duties under the Order, Marsden Fire Safety can help. We can carry out a fire safety audit of your workplace and give you a report on your fire prevention or fire safety status. The report will tell you if your fire safety provisions are adequate, and may suggest improvements.

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