The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order actually came into effect in October 2006, and it applies to various business premises, situations and people:
• All business premises are covered by the regulations, whether they are run by an employer or a self-employed businessperson.
• They cover any areas of a residential dwelling that are only used for business purposes.
• Charities and voluntary organisations are also covered by the regulations.
• Any business providing accommodation for paying customers must comply with the regulations.
• If a contractor has some control over a premises, they, too are responsible for ensuring compliance.
According to these regulations, a responsible person must be appointed by the business, and this person must undertake a fire safety assessment of the premises.
Once this has been done, the responsible person must elaborate, implement and then maintain a fire management plan.
The CIEH Level Three Award in Fire Safety Risk Assessment and Control has been designed for responsible persons or their assistants, working in non-complex, low or normal risk premises, and will enable them to carry out a risk assessment of their premises.