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Fire Risk Assessment

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into force on the 1st October 2006 and builds upon existing legislation and shifts the emphasis toward prevention through fire risk assessment.Fire risk assessment is the process that is used to help identify all the potential fire hazards and risks within a given premises and all those persons (employees, visitors, etc) using it.

This new, risk-assessment based regime requires those persons responsible for premises to take action to prevent fires, have measures to reduce the spread of fire, and instigate precautions to be taken should a fire occur. Under the Fire Safety Order the duty will be extended beyond workplaces to include the majority of premises to which people have access including;

  • Offices, shops, storage depots and warehouses
  • Residential care / nursing homes and hospitals
  • Hotels, lodges, bed & breakfasts and hostels
  • Common areas in multi-occupied flats
  • Pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • Nurseries, schools, colleges and university campuses

The person who has the main responsibility for implementing the Fire Safety Order is the person designated the "responsible person" in relation to the premises and is:-

  • In relation to a workplace - the employer where the workplace is to any extent under their control.
  • In relation to any premises not falling into the above, the person who has control of the premises (as occupier or otherwise) in connection with them carrying on a trade, business or other undertaking (for profit or not).
  • The owner where the person carrying on the business does not have any control over the premises.

The Fire Services have indicated that in enforcing the Fire Safety Order they will, in visiting premises, ask to see a copy of the company’s Fire Risk assessment and use the information contained therein to plan the Fire Inspection of the premises.

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