Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
Prior to 2005 there were a plethora of fire safety regulations which included a requirement for Fire Certificates for buildings and work places.
In order to streamline these the Government introduced the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO 2005) in England and Wales, and the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006.
While it is unlikely that your premises will require physical alteration if you have a valid Fire Certificate and Emergency Plan, or if they were constructed in accordance with Building Regulations Approved Document B, this alone is not sufficient to comply with the new regulations.
Both sets of regulations have similar intentions and effects, principally that in commercial premises the employer must carry out risk assessment to establish the need for any action and prepare a Fire Emergency Plan.
Your Assessment and Plan must identify those at risk, appoint a Responsible Person and Competent Persons, identify means of escape and locate a Place of Total Safety. It must establish fire protected construction, fire detection and alarm systems, fire fighting equipment, emergency lighting and signs. It must detail and record a regime of maintenance of equipment, training and drills for users of the building, and all of this and more must be available for inspection by the enforcing authorities.
Abbey's experienced BRE trained professional assessors can assist with the entire process to ensure your compliance with the regulations and that you are protecting life and property.