Fire Safety Legislation was changed in October 2006 with the implementation of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
The Order places the responsibility on individuals (Responsible Person) within an organisation to carry out fire risk assessments to identify, manage and reduce the risk of fire.
The meaning of Responsible Person within the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) is:
- In relation to a workplace, the employer, if the workplace is to any extent under his control,
- In relation to any premise not falling within paragraph (a)
- The person who has control of the premises (as occupier or otherwise) in connection with the carrying on by him/her of a trade, business or other undertaking (for profit or not); or
- The owner, where the person in control of the premises does not have control in connection with the carry on by that person of trade, business or other undertaking.
The ‘Responsible Person’ must carry out a fire risk assessment of their premise, or alternatively employ the services of a competent person to carry the fire risk assessment on their behalf. Below the fire risk assessment five step checklist.
- Fire Hazards
- People at Risk
- Evaluate and act
- Record, plan and train