The new, risk-assessment based regime requires employers to to take action to prevent fires and protect against death and injury, employees and relevant persons, should a fire occur. This was the same duty imposed on employers by the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1999, but under the new Order the duty will be extended beyond workplaces to include all non domestic premises to which employees or/and relevant persons have access.
To support the Order the government has published a number of new guidance documents to assist you in meeting your responsibilities. They will give advice on most types of premises where the duty to undertake a fire safety risk assessment under the Order applies.The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – A short guide to making your premises safe from fire will give an overview and the following eleven guides will address the following categories of premises
|Offices and shops||Offices and retail premises (including individual units within larger premises, e.g. shopping centre’s).|
|Factories and warehouses||Factories and warehouse storage premises.|
|Sleeping accommodation||All premises where the main use is to provide sleeping accommodation, e.g. hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, hostels, residential training centre’s, holiday accommodation and the common areas of flats, maisonettes, HMO’s and sheltered housing (other than those providing care – see Residential care premises), but excluding hospitals, residential care premises, places of custody and single private dwellings|
|Residential care premises||Residential care and nursing homes, common areas of sheltered housing (where care is provided) and similar premises, which are permanently staffed and where the primary use is the provision of care rather than healthcare. (see Healthcare Premises)|
|Educational Premises||Teaching establishments ranging from pre-school through to universities, except the residential parts. (see Sleeping accommodation)|
|Small and medium places
|Smaller public houses, clubs, restaurants and cafes, village halls, community centre’s, libraries, marquees, churches and other places of worship or study accommodating up to 300 people.|
|Large places of assembly||
Larger premises where more than 300 people could gather, e.g. shopping centre’s (not the individual shops), large nightclubs and pubs, exhibition and conference centre’s, sports stadia, marquees, museums, libraries, churches, cathedrals and other places of worship or study.
|Theatres, cinemas and
|Theatres, cinemas, concert halls and similar premises used primarily for this purpose.|
|Open air events and venues||Open air events, e.g. theme parks, zoos, music concerts, sporting events (not stadia – see Large places of assembly), fairgrounds and county fairs.|
|Healthcare premises||Premises where the primary use is the provision of healthcare (including private), e.g. hospitals, doctors’ surgeries, dentists and other similar healthcare premises.|
|Transportation terminals and interchanges, e.g. airports, railway stations (including sub-surface), transport tunnels, ports, bus and coach stations and similar premises but excluding the the means of transport (e.g. trains, buses, planes and ships).|
|Animal Premises and Stables||This guide is for use at all equine establishments, stables, livery yards and other animal establishments and for all employers, proprietors, managers, occupiers and owners.|
|Means of Escape for Disabled People (Supplementary Guide)||This is a supplementary guide and should be read alongside other guides in the Fire Safety Risk Assessment series.
It provides additional information on accessibility and means of escape for disabled people.
Each guide is in two parts, the first part will explain how to undertake a fire safety risk assessment the second part of each guide will provide further guidance on the fire precautions. The guides are being written so as to be readily understood by those who have to comply with the requirements of the Order, not just fire safety experts.