The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRO)
Became law on the 1st October 2006.
All previous fire legislation has been repealed.
Each individual company will be responsible for their own fire safety. The employer must conduct a fire risk assessment regardless of the size of the risk. The identified responsible person would therefore take full corporate liability.
If five or more people are employed the risk assessment must be documented.
Unlike the old Fire Precautions (Workplace) regulations, the Fire Safety Order places emphasis on business continuity and containing and preventing the spread of small fires. The effectiveness of fire extinguishers is clearly recognised as a major provision in doing this.
Protection is explicitly extended to all occupants and not just employees. All persons including passers-by have to be considered in the risk assessment.
Fire fighters will have greater authority to gain entry to premises and remove samples after a fire.
The new act demands that the ‘Responsible Persons’ (Owners, managers, health & safety officer, fire officer etc) will have to verify to the competency of both the contractor and the individual personnel carrying out the works.
The new act gives the right to legal action against the ‘Responsible Person’ for not fulfilling these requirements. You are responsible for the safety of all persons in or visiting your premises.
If your extinguishers aren’t serviced to current British Standards (currently BS5306 Part 3: 2003) you may find your company’s buildings and public liability insurance is invalid. If someone is injured you may have to pay compensation.
Common to the Fire Safety guides is Section 8:
Third Party certification schemes for fire protection products and related services are an effective means of providing the fullest possible assurances, offering a level of quality, reliability and safety that non-certificated products may lack. Third Party quality assurances can offer comfort both as a means of satisfying that the goods and services you have purchased are fit for the purpose, and as a means of demonstrating that you have complied with the law.
It is therefore important to understand what “Third Party” quality assurance schemes offer and how you can ensure the company or person you appoint to carry out fire safety work is competent.
Many insurance companies including Norwich Union, AXA, NFU Mutual, Commercial Union and others now call for BAFE registration.
Cowley Fire is a BAFE SP101 and BS EN ISO 9001: 2008 registered company.
Cowley Fire service technicians are individually registered on BAFE scheme SP101/ST104. (The first nationally recognised standard for proving the competence of Extinguisher Service Personnel in the market place.)
BAFE is supported by, amongst others, HM Government, Fire Authorities, Insurance Companies, Trading Standards and the Health and Safety Executive
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