Fire Safety Regulations

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 means that it is now compulsory for all businesses to conduct a ‘suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment’ of all premises and parts of premises.

The order came into effect on 1st October 2006 and consolidates and supersedes all previous Fire Safety Regulations, meaning that fire certificates are no longer issued or accepted as proof of fire safety compliance.

The aim of the new regulations is to create a simpler system that makes it easier for people to understand what is expected of them, and to place the emphasis on fire prevention through the risk assessment process similar to the requirements of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations  1999. There are very few exceptions to the new legislation, and you must ensure that your premises have a fully comprehensive and up-to-date fire risk assessment in place if you:

  • are an employer (with business premises)
  • are responsible for a business premises
  • have a business based in a licensed property
  • are a contractor with control over a business premises
  • are self-employed

The Fire Safety Regulations are self-regulatory which means that it is solely the responsibility of the responsible person of the premises to ensure that a Fire Risk Assessment is in place and that reasonable steps are taken to reduce or remove any significant risk. The regulations are monitored by the Fire Rescue Services, and could also be requested by the HSE or Local Authority.   In the event of not having a Fire Risk Assessment or in the unfortunate event of a fire  at your premises and you are found to be negligent or non-compliant with regard to the Fire Risk Assessment, you will be prosecuted. You could be deemed directly responsible for not complying with this legal requirement if you are:

  • an employer
  • self-employed with business premises
  • a person with control over a business premises
  • a landlord

If you are uncertain about whether your business premises are compliant with Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 call us now on 03334 560 999 , visit our contact us page or email us to discuss with us how we can help. We have helped many businesses reach fire safety compliance, safeguarding jobs, lives and peace of mind in the process.

To ensure that you are compliant with Fire Safety legislation you must effectively manage the  fire risk through:

  • fire risk assessment
  • fire safety policy
  • fire procedures
  • fire drills
  • means of escape
  • emergency lighting
  • fire alarms and fire extinguishers
  • fire doors
  • fire evacuations
  • signs and notices
  • fire training courses

Alternatively, one of our trained Fire Risk Assessors could do the assessment for you. We provide all of our customers with a clear report that satisfies regulatory requirements and prioritises findings to allow you to deal with any problems, or potential problems, as quickly as possible. Visit our fire risk assessment page for more details.

If you have any particular questions surrounding fire risk assessment, our fire risk FAQs page may provide answers to your queries.