The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) came into effect in October 2006 and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law.
The FSO applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). The law applies to you if you are:
- responsible for business premises
- an employer or self-employed with business premises
- responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes
- a charity or voluntary organisation
- a contractor with a degree of control over any premises
- providing accommodation for paying guests
It requires that the RESPONSIBLE PERSON (as defined in the Order) is named, and this person is responsible to carry out a FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT of the premises concerned. The responsible person can appoint a COMPETENT PERSON to undertake this assessment for him/her. Through our knowledge, qualifications and experience, we are offering our services as a competent company to undertake and submit a written professional fire risk assessment of your premises, in accordance with these new regulations. You will be responsible for carrying out our recommendations, and for reviewing and revising the assessment (we can do this for you) when necessary. You will then comply with this new law.
If you do not comply with the new law, the responsible person will be especially liable for any harmful incident that occurs on his/her premises. We advise you not take this risk.
The new Order requires that your fire risk assessment is SUITABLE AND SUFFICIENT. Having recently completed a comprehensive training course in fire risk assessment undertaking, we can assure you that there is a substantial number of detailed fire/safety issues that need to be checked at you premises. A sound knowledge of the law and the British Standards is essential. We would therefore advise you to check the qualifications of any person or company that offers to carry out a fire risk assessment for you. Although it may seem tempting to gain a quick solution to this new law by using a "cheap and cheerful firm", if an incident occurs subsequently, your responsible person will STILL BE LIABLE for having not appointed a COMPETENT person to carry out the fire risk assessment, and if the assessment is not suitable and sufficient.
Click the link on the left entitled "New regulations" for further information.
Contact us at CAPITAL FIRE PROTECTION LTD for a quotation.