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The Fire Safety Order 2005- it is NOW Law

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From 1st October 2006 new fire legislation affecting all businesses in England and Wales has come into force.

The Fire Safety Order 2005 replaces and simplifies over 100 previous fire safety at work statutes from the last 50 years under one single Order. Businesses must ensure that they know and comply with the new regulations.

The new Fire Safety Order means that organisations have greater ownership and responsibility to protect their employees, visitors and premises from the risks of fire.

Currently the Fire & Rescue Services attend more than 30,000 fires in the workplace each year. Company Executives, Landlords and Business Owners must now undertake a Fire Risk Assessment to ensure they meet the obligations of the new fire laws and to avoid costly fines of anything from £4000 to £85,000.

All non-domestic premises will need to nominate a ‘responsible person’ (usually the premises or business owner) who will be required to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks from fire, record and take reasonable steps to minimise those risks. Sole responsibility for ensuring that fire does not put lives at risk now rests with the responsible person. Over 60% of businesses do not presently have adequate fire protection.

Commenting on the new legislation’s potential impact on business, Managing Director of Peterborough based Newflame Fire Equipment, Steve Best said; “This is a positive step forward in fire safety management. Industry needs to see the new Order as a benefit, aiming to make buildings safer workplaces for people. By protecting both life and property, businesses can also significantly reduce the potentially huge loss of time and production which occurs following a fire.”

Organisations may need to use the services of a Fire Safety Consultant to work with their own nominated safety assistant, an employee defined as a ‘competent person’, in order to carry out the Fire Risk Assessment. This is to maintain the assessment ensuring that recommendations are acted on, thereby keeping it under constant review.

To help, there is an online self assessment form available at: http://www.fire.gov.uk/Workplace+safety  which takes around 10 minutes to complete and will give outline results and suggestions for improvement. “

October 2006




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