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WHAT IS THE REGULATORY REFORM (FIRE SAFETY) ORDER 2005?

The Government is committed to regulating only where necessary and in a way that is more suited to the needs of modern business. That is why the order was made, under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001. It replaces most fire safety legislation with one simple order. It means that any person who has some level of control in premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire.

Achieving fire safety is often a matter of common sense, but you will have to make sure that you set aside enough time to work through the necessary steps. In more complicated premises or those with many people at risk, such as care homes, hospitals or large cinemas, you may need more expert help. Where does the order apply? The order applies to virtually all premises and covers nearly every type of building, structure and open space. For example, it applies to:

• offices and shops;

• premises that provide care, including care homes and hospitals;

• community halls, places of worship and other community premises;

• the shared areas of properties several households live in (housing laws may also apply);

• pubs, clubs and restaurants;

• schools and sports centres;

• tents and marquees;

• hotels and hostels; and

• factories and warehouses.

Information provided by HSE. To see more information please click on the " Learn More" button below.

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