wHAT IS THE REGULATORY REFORM (FIRE SAFETY) ORDER 2005?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order was created to simplify previous UK legislation and documentation surrounding fire safety. In the UK, the Fire Safety Order enforces the standards of fire safety that are expected to be followed by the 'responsible person' at all commercial premises.
To help businesses in different sectors comply with the Fire Safety Order, there are a number of guidance documents that each apply to different types of property.
🏬 Offices and shops
🏭 Factories and warehouses
🛌 Sleeping accomodation
🏨 Residential care providers
🏫 Educational premises
🎭 Theatres, cinemeas and similar premises
🏟️ Open air events and venues
🏥 Healthcare premises
🐴 Animal premises and stables
🚛 Transport premises and facilities
There are also guidance documents available for small / medium places of assembly (300 people or less) and large places of assembly (over 300 people).
You can find these guides on the GOV.UK website >
WHO IS THE RESPONSIBLE PERSON?
For every UK business, adherence to the Fire Safety Order falls to the 'responsible person'. This also applies to owners/landords of multi-occupied residential properties.
You are responsible person if you are the employer, business owner, landlord of the property, an occupier of the property or someone with responsibility for managing the property e.g. a Facilities Manager or Managing Agent.
If there are more than one responsible persons, this will require you to work together.
5 STEPS TO FIRE SAFETY COMPLIANCE
To meet the requirements of the Fire Safety Order, the responsible person should follow the following 5 steps:
🔥 1. Identify the fire hazards within the premises
🔥 2. Identify who may be especially at risk
🔥 3. Evaluate, remove, reduce and protect from risk
🔥 4. Record findings, create an emergency plan, inform and train relevant persons
🔥 5. Review and update the building Fire Risk Assessment regularly
To ensure your Fire Risk Assessment requirements are addressed in full, it is recommended to employ the services of competent Fire Risk Assessment companies, like ourselves, who can help you take care of your business requirements.