THE REGULATORY REFORM
(Fire Safety) ORDER 2004
Are you and your businesses ready for the introduction of the Regulatory
Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2004 which is to be introduced in April 2006?
This will replace the 1971 Fire Precaution Act, 1997/99 Fire Precautions
(Workplace) Regulations and 76 other linked regulations.
What this means to you!
These changes will affect all employers and will start a new fire safety regime that will push forward the principles of Fire Risk Management.
The Regulatory Reform Act 2001 will cover virtually all premises in England and Wales to which the public has access. The only exception will be single private dwellings.
The proposed Order will form a fire safety regime based on the need for an employer or a responsible person to assess the risk from fire. However, unlike the workplace regulations 1997, the new order will seek to safeguard all occupants of the buildings and people in the vicinity of the building, not just employees. The responsible person will still be the employer, and when there is not one, it will be the person who is responsible for the activity that might give rise to a risk to those present.
Under the proposed new regime, employers and/or a responsible person, would be required to -
- Assess the risk from fire
- Take all practical steps to remove or reduce the risk
- Meet specific requirements, such as the provision of means of escape and fire fighting equipment as appropriate
- Take reasonable and practical
measures to mitigate against the spread of fire
The proposed order places the onus on the employers to manage the Fire Risk in their workplaces. It will require the fire authority to inspect premises to ensure that the fire precautions in place are adequate. In particular, the Fire Authority will have to implement and maintain and enforcement programme which clearly explains how they will determine the frequency of inspections.
Where we can help!
UK Fire Prevention can relieve you of the burden of wrestling with the detail and requirements and of the new Order. We can provide -
- Fire Risk Assessment : We can undertake this on your behalf and provide you with a full report and priority ‘to do' list.
- Fire Training: All staff should be trained in fire awareness and selected members of staff should be fire marshals with at least one member of staff being trained as a senior fire marshal. We can offer you a full range of fire training that can be developed to suit your particular needs
- Means of Detection and raising the alarm: UK Fire Prevention can provide installation and servicing of alarm systems.
- Emergency lighting: We can install and service all systems.
- First Aid Fire Fighting Equipment: UK Fire Prevention can service and install all types of fire extinguishers