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Guidance from the health and safety committee

Fire Regulations and Enforcement – Overview
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) in England and Wales is the biggest overhaul of fire safety legislation in decades. The proposed sweeping reform will affect employers and virtually all those responsible for non-domestic premises. This reform was approved by Parliament on 7 June 2005, and became law on 1 October 2006.

The aim of the reform is to simplify, rationalise and consolidate more than 70 sets of fire safety regulations, by replacing existing legislation with a single Fire Safety Act based on the principles of risk assessment.

Reform Order


The major changes to fire safety law in October 2006

Before 1997, fire safety legislation and supporting technical guidance was generally prescriptive in content. It was also the responsibility of the enforcing authority to assess dedicated premises and stipulate the type and level of fire safety provisions necessary, as well as advising the responsible person of those requirements and inspect any subsequent works. For many workplaces, this would result in a Fire Certificate under the Fire Precautions Act 1971.

Fire safety legislation in the way of Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the issue of fire certificates under the Fire Precautions Act 1971 has now ceased. The reform of the fire safety-related legislation is based on the principle of risk management, which has already been established under the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations and is now based on risk assessment with responsibility for fire safety resting with the person responsible for the premises.

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