The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into effect in October 2006 and consolidated all fire safety legislation for non-domestic premises into a single Order. One of the benefits of this change is that it reduces the number of enforcers that businesses, or others with responsibility for non-domestic premises, have to deal with.
Under the Order, those with the responsibility for non-domestic premises (usually the owner, employer or occupier) are required to actively pursue and maintain fire safety and take responsibility for staff and others visiting their premises.
To help you ensure your premises comply with the new legislation, the Communities and Local Government website contains information on how to comply with the requirements of the Order.
BSRIA has produced the following guide on behalf of the Association of British Insurers, which is well worth a read.
To summarise the main requirements of the order, the responsible person is required to: