The following Practice Management guidance note Produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
This Practice Note covers regulatory requirements relating to fire safety in the workplace.
For practical information about managing fire safety in the workplace, see Practice Note: Managing fire safety in the workplace.
There are various legislative requirements relating to fire safety in the workplace, including in relation to:
who is a ‘responsible person’
general fire precautions, eg:
identification and management of fire risks
means of escape and evacuation
detecting and fighting fires
arrangements for action to be taken in the event of fire
signs and signals
high risk activities and dangerous substances
Building regulations are outside the scope of this Practice Note.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, SI 2005/1541 (RRO 2005) is the primary piece of legislation covering general fire safety in England and Wales. The RRO 2005 applies to all employers, regardless of the number of staff employed.
The RRO 2005 came into force on 1 October 2006.
The approach of the RRO 2005 is that those best placed to identify and address fire risks should be responsible for doing so. The RRO 2005 places duties on a responsible person.
A responsible person is:
the employer—in relation to a workplace and to the extent that the workplace is under their control
the owner of, or person who has, control of premises—in relation to other
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