The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
The new law which came into force in April 2006 consolidates all previous fire safety legislation. Fire certificates are no longer issued and the 'responsible person' is required to carry out a fire risk assessment of the premise, to take steps to remove or reduce the risk of fire.
The Order applies only to England and Wales and affects the vast majority of non-domestic premises and workplaces. The main emphasis of the changes brought by the RRO is a move toward fire prevention. It places the responsibility of fire safety on the employer (the Responsible Person) for a building or premises. The RRO outlines all the measures the Responsible Person must take to ensure the safety of all the people for whom they is directly or indirectly responsible for.