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The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order applies to all business properties/premises (except for a single domestic dwelling) whether they are ‘for profit’ or ‘not for profit’.  e.g. Charity or voluntary organisation.

Types of premises/properties:

  • All workplaces and commercial premises.
  • All premises the public have access to.
  • The common areas of multi-occupied residential buildings.
  • Also applies if you have paying guests.  For example, bed and breakfast (B&B), guesthouse, hotels, restaurants, or a self-catering property, such as a static caravan, cottage, lodge, etc.

What must I do to comply?

a) Identify your responsible person/persons.  (Part 2 (18) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order requires that a ‘competent person’ be appointed.  For more information, please click here.)

b) Carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises and review it regularly. (e.g. Annually or sooner if there are any change of circumstances affecting the fire risk assessment.)

c) Inform your employees (or their representatives) about the risks you have identified.

d) Implement and maintain appropriate fire safety measures.

e) Plan for an emergency.

f) Provide suitable and sufficient information, instruction and training.

  • All employees identified in your emergency plan with a supervisory role in a fire/emergency situation (e.g. heads of department, fire marshals/wardens), should be given details of your fire risk assessment and receive additional training.
  • Provide your all of your employees with information, fire safety instruction and training.

Fire Risk Assessment

Why do I need to provide fire safety training?

Suitable and sufficient training is required by law.  e.g. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (As Amended), the Health and Safety (Training for Employment) Regulations.

In addition to the Health and Safety regulations, every employer must, in entrusting tasks to employees, take into account their capabilities as regards health and safety, so far as those capabilities relate to fire, to comply with the Fire Safety (Employees’ Capabilities) (Wales) Regulations, the Fire Safety (Employees’ Capabilities) (England) Regulations, etc.

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Who is a Responsible Person?

To comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order you will have/must have a ‘responsible person’.  If there’s more than one responsible person, you have to work together to meet your responsibilities.

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