Fire Safety Legislation

The new Safety Fire Legislation is called the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and this statutory instrument has the effect of sweeping away all previous legislation governing the work place, places of business, places to which the public have access and Multi Occupied Dwellings (HMO’s), and bring it all under this one instrument of parliament.

A copy can be viewed at:-

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2005/1541/contents/made

Points to note:

Fire Certificates no longer valid

The ‘Responsible Person’, normally the person in charge of the premises must;

Make a written ‘risk assessment’ , and keep it up to date. From this he must make the decisions about Fire Safety for all persons in or on the premises in question.

In larger premises then a professionally written assessment with accompanying advice would seem the way forward but

For those of you with the confidence to compile your own Go To:

https://www.gov.uk/workplace-fire-safety-your-responsibilities/fire-safety-advice-documents.

I would mention that a professionally prepared Fire Risk Assessment can be 30 or more pages in length which an inexperienced person is unlikely to emulate, and their efforts may be deemed insufficient or unacceptable by the authorities and do not forget…

Insurers

What about the building, its contents the future of your business?, Your Insurers obviously have an interest, as they are on risk and will insist that you take all proper precaution to minimise their exposure to risk as far as possible, they should be a party to this decision making process as to safety equipment necessary.

They may want not only an adequate Fire Detection System to alert people to fire to allow an early evacuation but they may also want it communicated automatically as soon as possible to the local Fire and Rescue Service via a BT Redcare signaled alert, so that whilst you are evacuating the premises the Brigade are on their way.

Because of these differing risks and interests, there are a variety of configurations of Automatic Fire Detection and Alarm systems designated by L,P and M codes with sub categories to denote the type of coverage the system should have, and they are derived from BS5839: 2013 which is the main standard relating to the fitting of such systems.

Please Note:

There is a need to ‘maintain’ such systems regularly by a ‘Competent Person or Company’ and to install and forget about any installed equipment is not acceptable, the is a need for Maintenance Contracts to be in place.

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