The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
This regime of fire safety legislation 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 are also brought within this regime.
The Order simplified, rationalised and consolidated fire safety legislation and it provides for a risk-based approach to fire safety, allowing more efficient and effective enforcement by the fire and rescue service.
At the heart of this legislation, is the need for the ‘responsible person’ for each premises to ensure a fire risk assessment is carried out by a competent person. 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.
The competent person 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. This risk assessment needs to be subject to regular review.
The documents below have been produced by Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service to help businesses carry out and record a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005: