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Fire safety regulations and you

E K Fire Protection Ltd is ready to support companies across Kent. Check out our helpful guide below on The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and get in touch with our team to learn more.

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The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – often shortened to The Fire Safety Order - affects all non-domestic premises in England and Wales. It places greater emphasis on fire prevention in non-domestic premises, which includes the voluntary sector and the self-employed (those who have dedicated commercial premises).

Fire certificates no longer have legal status.

A ‘Responsible Person’ (usually the business owner, landlord or a designated maintenance/facilities manager) is responsible for complying with the order. As the Responsible Person it is essential that a fire risk assessment has been completed by yourself, or a trusted specialist such as E K Fire Protection.

Am I affected by the order?

You are if:

  • You are the Responsible Person for the business

  • An employer

  • Are self-employed with commercial premises

  • Operate a charity/volunteer organisation

  • A contractor with any degree of control over a property

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What counts as a premises?

This covers property and space used for conducting business, including:

  • Commercial buildings

  • Vehicles 

  • Tents and movable structures

  • Installations on land, the foreshore and land intermittently covered by water

  • Domestic properties

  • Offshore installations within the meaning of regulation 3 of the Offshore Installation and Pipeline Works (Management and Administration) Regulations 1995

  • Ships in respect of normal activities of a crew under direction of the shipmaster

  • Fields, woodland and other agricultural/forestry spaces

  • An aircraft, locomotive or rolling stock, trailer or semi-trailer used as a means of transport, a vehicle for which a licence is in force under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994, or a vehicle exempted from duty under that Act

  • Mines (as classes by section 180 of the Mines and Quarries Act 1954, other than any building on the surface of a mine)

  • A borehole site, to which the Borehole Sites and Operations Regulations 1995 apply

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For more information on current fire safety regulations, feel free to call us on: 

01304 210909
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