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The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order

New fire safety rules affecting all non-domestic premises in England and Wales came into force on 1st October 2006. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, June 2005, is the biggest overhaul of fire safety legislation in years.

There are also be a series of guides published to assist those preparing fire risk assessments — see links. The changes will be a move towards greater emphasis on fire prevention in all non-domestic premises, including the voluntary sector and also self-employed people with premises separate from their homes.

Fire certificates have been abolished and no longer have legal status after 1st October 2006.

The Fire Safety Order will apply in England and Wales—Northern Ireland and Scotland have their own separate regulations.

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Similar to asbestos management, responsibility for complying with the Fire Safety Order will rest with the ‘responsible person’.

In a workplace, this is the employer and any other person who may have control of any part of the premises—the occupier, owner, landlord or managing agent.

In multi-occupied buildings the responsibilities may be joint: tenants/employers internal, and common parts—landlord or managing agents.
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By Tom Entwistle,

LandlordZONE® ID2157

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