Fire Regulations & Fire Safety Responsibility
The RRSFO 2005, The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, was created to address a number of issues relating to fire regulations. It came into effect on October 1, 2006 and only applies to the UK and Wales. The new order insured that people had to carry out their own Fire risk assessments to prevent fire from happening in residential or commercial properties.
Before the RRSFO 2005 came in to action, there was over 70 pieces of information containing fire regulations which led to much confusion on what exactly had to be done.
The major change in the new process is that people are now in charge of making sure they have the appropriate fire regulations in place and Fire Safety responsibility has been transferred to employers or owners of non-domestic premises . The reason for this is that there are many different types of commercial companies that differ in terms of fire risk. For example, a small Accountancy firm would have a lower risk of a fire compared to that of a restaurant. Having a dedicated person in charge of this would ensure that the levels of risk assessment were taken care of.
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