Regulatory Reform Order 2005

Replacing the Fire Precautions Act 1971, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) was enacted in October 2006

The RRO is probably one of the most significant changes in fire safety legislation this country has ever seen.

Under the RRO, the responsibility for fire safety in premises now rests with the “responsible person” to ensure that there are adequate fire safety precautions in place.

Anyone who has control of the premises or anyone who has a degree of control over certain areas or systems may be a “responsible person“. For example, it could be:

  • An employer
  • A managing agent or owner of shared premises
  • The occupier such as self-employed persons or voluntary organisations
  • Any other person that has some control over part of the premises

The Regulatory Reform Order is a risk assessment-based regime.

The RRO applies to a much broader spectrum of premises including any premises where 5 or more persons are employed.

Failure to comply is an offence.

Any premises falling within the jurisdiction of the RRO could be liable to inspection at any time.

The fire safety officer from the inspecting Fire Authority will want to establish that the RRO is being complied with and in this respect will ask to see the following.

Fixfire® offers a single source of compliance. From an initial fire risk assessment right through to the implementation of improved fire precautions measures, Fixfire® will help you every step of the way.

The Government has categorised premises into 11 different types and produced a guide for each category to assist ‘responsible persons’ in understanding and fulfilling their responsibilities.

The premises types are detailed below.

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