What is the Fire Safety Order (Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is the biggest single reform of fire safety laws in over 30 years.  It simplifies the law for businesses and places a greater focus on prevention.

The law, which came into force on 1st October 2006, consolidates existing fire safety laws, which were scattered across more than 70 pieces of legislation. It also places the responsibility for fire safety on the employer or ‘responsible person’ for that building or premises. Under the Fire Safety legislation the ‘responsible person’ for each premises must carry out an assessment of the risks (risk assessment) of fire and take steps to reduce or remove the risk.

Who does it apply to?

The Order requires that a responsible person (the person having control of the building, or a degree of control) takes reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and makes sure people can safely escape if there is a fire. This includes all people that might visit the premises. For more information, see Responsible person under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Do the regulations apply to my premises?

From the 1st October 2006 The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into force.  This applies to nearly every type of building and structure.

For example, it applies to:

  • Offices and shops
  • Care providers (including care homes and hospitals)
  • Community halls, places of worship and other community premises
  • The shared areas of properties several households live in (housing laws may also apply)
  • Pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • Schools, universities, colleges
  • Sports venues
  • Student accommodation
  • Hotels and hostels
  • Factories and warehouses

It does not apply to:

  • People’s private homes.

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