What is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005?
It was introduced to replace most fire safety legislation and fire regulations with one simple order. It means that any person who has some level of control in premises must take steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire.
Where does the order apply? The order applies to virtually all premises and covers nearly every type of building, structure and open space. For example, it applies to:
1/ Offices and shops
2/ Premises that provide care, including care homes and hospitals
3/ Community halls, places of worship and other community premises
4/ The shared areas of properties several households live in (housing laws may also apply)
5/ Pubs, clubs and restaurants
6/ Schools and sports centres
7/ Tents and marquees
8/ Hotels and hostels
9/ Factories and warehouses
It does not apply to - People’s private homes, including individual flats in a block or house
What are the main rules under the fire regulations order? To carry out a fire risk assessment identifying any possible risks or dangers. Consider who may be especially at risk and eliminate or reduce risk as far as reasonable possible and provide general fire precautions for any risk left. Take other measures to make sure there is protection if flammable or explosive materials are used or stored. a plan must be created to deal with a emergency and and this must be recorded and reviewed when necessary
Who is responsible for meeting the order? Under the order, anyone who has control of premises or anyone who has a degree of control over certain areas or systems may be a ‘responsible person’. For example, it could be:
1/ The employer for those parts of premises staff may go to
2/ The managing agent or owner for shared parts of premises or shared fire safety equipment such as fire-warning systems or sprinklers. The occupier, such as self-employed people or voluntary organisations if they have any control
3/ Any other person who has some control over a part of of the premises.
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