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FSO Presentation June 2011


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Regulatory Reform(Fire Safety) Order 2005 - who does it apply to, general fire precautions, the terms Relevant and Competent persons plus the role of the fire service in enforcing the order.

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FSO Presentation June 2011

  1. 1. The RegulatoryReform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  2. 2. •To whom does it apply?•The responsible/competent/relevant/person•Fire Risk Assessment•The role of the fire service•Enforcement•Guidance•FDS•Q & A
  3. 3. Legislative Overlap Fire Precautions Fire Precautions Act 1971 Workplace Regs 1997 Duplication & overlap ofFire enforcement EmployerService (120>) other pieces of legislation) Fire Brigade Business Community (Prescriptive) (Risk Assessment)
  4. 4. Simplification,Rationalisation, & Clarification Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  5. 5. Objectives of the Order• To focus resources for fire prevention on premises which present the greatest risk• Ensure that fire safety facilities and equipment (including fire alarms) are well maintained• Overall aim is to reduce avoidable fires
  6. 6. To Whom & Where……does the RR(FS)O legislation apply? All “premises” defined in the order and includes any place and in particular any workplace, vehicle, vessel, aircraft or hovercraft; any installation on land and any tent or moveable structure.
  7. 7. Who & Where….Does the RR(FS)O legislation apply to? All “premises” except!
  8. 8. It does not apply to:• Domestic premises• Offshore installations• Ships (unless permanently moored)• Fields, woods or land (forestry/agricultural)• Aircraft, locomotive, rolling stock, trailer or semi- trailer (when used as a means of transport)• Mines• Boreholes
  9. 9. Responsible Person role:Comply with articles 8 to 22That responsible person must ensure that either he or another responsible (competent) person:• Carries out a Fire Risk Assessment• Records significant findings and subsequent control measures• Provides adequate general fire precautions• Considers the safety of all relevant persons• Provides adequate staff training• Appoints competent persons
  10. 10. Responsible PersonDefined as:a) In relation to a workplace, the employer, if the workplace is to any extent under his controlb) In relation to premises not falling within paragraph (a) i) The person who has control over the premises (as an occupier or otherwise) in connection with the carrying on by him of a trade or business or other undertaking for profit or not OR ii) The owner where the person in control of the premises does not have control in connection with the carrying on by that person of a trade or business or other undertaking
  11. 11. Responsible Person • Employer • Person in control of premises • Owner (NB the responsible person must appoint a competent person)
  12. 12. General Fire Precautions• Reduction of ignition sources• Provision of means of escape• Protection of means of escape• Provide fire fighting measures• Detection and warning• Staff training• Measures to mitigate the effects of fire
  13. 13. Relevant Person • Lawfully on the premises • In the vicinity of the premises who is at risk from a fire on the premises
  14. 14. Competent Person• Sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities to enable him to properly assist in undertaking the preventive and protective measures• Responsible Person appoint themselves• Employee• Externally e.g. contractors
  15. 15. Fire Risk Assessment5 Steps 1. Identify Fire Hazards 2. Identify People at Risk 3. Evaluate, Remove, Reduce and Protect from Risk • Preventive • Protective 4. Record, Plan, Instruct, Inform and Train 5. Review and revise
  16. 16. The role of the Fire Service• Premises Audit Strategy• 17 premises types• 5 Risk Ratings• Very High to Very Low• Acceptable risk varies between premises type
  17. 17. 17 Premises Types Hospital Care home HIGH House in multiple occupation (HMO) Flats > 4 storeys Fire service R Hostels Hotel Emergency Cover Model House converted to flat I Other sleeping accommodation 17 Premises Types Further Education Establishment S Public Building Licensed premises K Schools Shops Other premises open to the public LOW Factory or warehouse Office Other workplace
  18. 18. Enforcement Fire Authorities have been tasked with developing an enforcement programme• Minor breaches will be dealt with informally• Serious breaches will result in a deficiencies list or enforcement notice• Very serious breaches will result in a prohibition notice and prosecution Non compliance will lead to court action
  19. 19. Enforcement• By the local Fire Authority• HSE - nuclear facilities, ships and construction sites• Local councils – sports grounds• Crown Premises Inspection Group – Crown Buildings
  20. 20. Types of Audit/Inspection• Initial Audit• Re-audit• Post Fire Analysis• Unwanted Fire Signal (False Alarms)• Arson Audit• Specific inspection
  21. 21. Records• All records assist in proving due diligence • Fire Risk Assessment • Fire Warning System • Emergency Lighting System • Fire Fighting Equipment • Staff Training • Theory • Practical (Drills)
  22. 22. Guidance:Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 “A short guide to making your premises safe from fire” HM Government in partnership with Chief Fire Officers Association
  23. 23. • Offices and Shops• Factories and Warehouses• Sleeping Accommodation (excluding hospitals, care homes & private dwellings)• Residential Care Premises• Educational Premises (from Crèches up to Universities)• Small and medium places of public assembly (pubs,clubs,restaurants, cafes churches, village halls etc)• Large places of public assembly (300+) (shopping centres, conference centres, sports stadia etc)• Theatres, Cinemas and similar premises• Transport premises and facilities• Open air events and venues (theme parks, zoos, fairgrounds etc)• Healthcare Premises• Animals Premises and Stables• Means of escape for disabled people
  24. 24. HM Government Guides All can be ordered via the Stationery Office,the CLG website or Cleveland Fire brigade website or downloaded free from
  25. 25. Q&A
  26. 26. Terry ConnorCleveland Fire Brigade