The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, is the fire safety legislation followed across the UK, that applies in general to all kinds of non-domestic premises. These premises will include all workplaces, commercial premises and those premises managed by all voluntary organisations. It also includes the self-employed and premises that the public have access to, including, in England and Wales, the common parts of houses in multiple occupation and multi occupied residential buildings like flats.
In an attempt to replace the 118 pieces of our previous fire legislation including the old fire certificate, The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 shifts responsibility of any fire safety to anybody who has a day-to-day control of any premises. Primarily the responsibility has now been shifted from the fire authorities to the 'responsible person or the duty holder'.
If you are an occupier, manager, employer, owner of a business or any other non-domestic premises, you will be responsible for all fire safety issues. You are therefore known as the 'duty holder' or the ‘responsible person'.
As the 'duty holder' or the 'responsible person', you are required to carry out a 'fire risk assessment' of your premises and review it often. This helps identify what you have to do regarding the necessary fire precautions and all other fire safety duties. This helps you make a plan that is necessary to protect and save people. This is a standard part of our Health and Safety check. Please refer to our building regulations for fire safety.