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Fire safety - a time to change

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

This new regime of fire safety enforcement came into force on 1st October 2006 and affects employers and those who are responsible for, non-domestic, Industrial, commercial and residential premises. Self-employed people and the voluntary sector will also be brought within this regime.

The new Order simplifies, rationalises and consolidates existing fire safety legislation. It provides for a risk-based approach to fire safety allowing more efficient and effective enforcement by the fire and rescue service. See the website for the Department of Communities and Local Government for further details.

At the core of the legislation lies the fire risk assessment  This is an organised appraisal of your work activities and the workplace to enable you to identify potential fire hazards, and to decide who (including employees and visitors) might be in danger in the event of fire, and their location. You will then evaluate the risks arising from the hazards and decide whether the existing fire precautions are adequate, or whether more needs to be done. To assist in this a guide entitled A Short Guide to Making your Premises Safe From Fire is available online or from the Department of Communities and Local Government at DCLG Publications, PO Box 236, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS23 7NB.