Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

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Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO) was designed to simplify existing legal requirements for all non-domestic premises (with a few exceptions). The RRFSO focuses on fire prevention and places a general duty to ensure the safety of employees and non-employees so far as reasonably practicable.

The Responsible Person

The RRFSO sets out a number of duties which are imposed on a ‘responsible person’.  The ‘responsible person’ is the person or persons who are in control of the premises. This may be the owner, employer or any other person who may have control over the premises.  Where there is more than one responsible person, the division of responsibilities should be clarified to ensure all duties are fulfilled.

The responsible person must take appropriate fire precautions to protect employees and non-employees. These include:

  • Carry out a fire risk assessment that considers the safety of both employees and non-employees
  • Ensure the premises has appropriate fire-fighting and fire detection equipment
  • Ensure that suitable emergency routes, exits and emergency procedures are in place
  • The responsible person must appoint one or more people to assist in undertaking the preventative and protective measures (unless they are self-employed or competent themselves)
  • Provide employers and employees with the relevant information relating to the risks
  • Ensure adequate training takes place

Employees duties

  • Employees must take care of themselves and others
  • Cooperate with their employer
  • Inform their employer of any situation that presents serious or imminent danger
  • Inform employer of any shortcomings in their fire protection arrangements

Premises not covered

The RRFSO does not cover domestic premises, offshore installations, ships, agricultural land or forestry (it does cover any building on the land), means of transport, mines (it covers the building on the surface) and borehole sites. 

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