Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Fire Safety Law – Your Responsibilities:

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Under the Fire Safety Order 2005 a ‘responsible person’, must carry out, or appoint a ‘competent person’ to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment of the risks of fire to your employees and other ‘relevant persons’ who may be affected by your work or business.


A ‘Responsible Person’

In the workplace a ‘responsible person’ would be the employer, if the workplace is to any extent under their control. In any other premises, it would be the person who has control of the premises or the owner (as occupier or otherwise) where a trade, business or other undertaking (for profit or not) is carried on.

If you employ five or more employees you should keep a formal record of any significant findings and remedial measures which have, or may need to be taken.

Responsible persons under the Order are required, following a risk assessment, to implement appropriate fire safety measures to minimise the risk to life from fire; and to keep the assessment up to date.


A ‘Competent Person’

The competent person or fire risk assessor need not possess any specific academic qualifications but should:


A ‘Relevant Person’

A relevant person means any person (including the responsible person) who is or may be on the premises, and, any person in the immediate vicinity of the premises who is at risk from a fire on the premises.


The Risk Assessment:

Whilst the Order does not define suitable and sufficient, it is generally considered that a risk assessment should do the following:


          Risk assessments for small, intermediate and large/complex premises

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