Fire Safety Legislation

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) came into effect in October 2006 and replaced over 70 seperate pieces of fire safety law.

The FSO applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). The law applies to you if you are:

  • responsible for business premises
  • an employer or self-employed with business premises
  • responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes
  • a charity or voluntary organisation
  • a contractor with a degree of control over any premises
  • providing accommodation for paying guests

The FSO states that if you fall into one of the above catagories, by law, you must prepare a Fire Risk Assessment. A Fire Risk Assessment is an organised and methodical look at your premises, the activities carried on there, and the likelihood that a fire could start and cause harm to those in and around the premises.

The aims of the Fire Risk Assessment are:

  • To identify the fire hazards
  • To reduce the risk of those hazards causing harm to as low as reasonably practicable
  • To decide what physical fire precautions and management arrangements are necessary to ensure the safety of people in your premesis if a fire does start.

Further information can be found at the Communities and Local Government web site.

Castle Fire offer a Risk Assessment Service to keep you up-to-date with current fire safety legislation.

Call Castle Fire now on (01539) 722500 or e-mail to discuss your training and risk assessment requirements