REGULATIONS - YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is the main legislation covering fire safety. This legislation makes fire safety a legal responsibility for business owners, landlords, shared owner properties, schools, medical facilities and the care industry etc.

Legal requirements include:

  • In most cases the provision of written fire risk assessment is a legal duty

  • Failure to keep fire detection systems and alarms in good working order is a criminal offence

  • All fire equipment must be maintained to a high standard and maintenance activities must be sufficiently recorded

  • The provision of adequate fire safety training is a legal requirement

  • Ensuring the fire resisting doors and escape doors are correctly installed and adequately maintained so that they are fit for purpose

  • Emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in the case of failure of their normal lighting

 

READ THE REGULATORY REFORM (FIRE SAFETY) ORDER 2005

 

Other regulations and government advice notes also relate to fire safety including:

  • Building Regulations: Approved Document B (Fire Safety) requires that any building more than 18m high, measured from the fire brigade access level to the top floor, or which has floors more than 10m below ground must be provided with ‘firefighting shafts’ and a firefighting rising main

  • The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury must be maintained in a safe condition

  • Fire Doors are recognised by the Government as a vital element of a buildings passive fire protection and are the subject of a Government Advice Note issued in July 2018

 

READ THE GOVERNMENTS FIRE DOOR ADVICE NOTE 16-JULY 2018