Does the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 apply to your organisation?

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.

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