Regulatory Reform Order

Trevor Lumbard GIFireE

Ex Senior Fire Service fire safety officer with over 30 years Fire Safety experience.

Contacts:

CSAR Fire Limited, 24 Lyde Road, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 5AT

Tel: 01935 424188
Mobile: 07974 409001
E- Mail:

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THE REGULATORY REFORM ( FIRE SAFETY ) ORDER 2005 (Continued)

POWERS OF INSPECTORS

An Inspector may do anything necessary for the purpose of carrying out the Fire Safety Order and shall at any reasonable time enter any premises which he believes is necessary for him to enter and to inspect the whole or part of the premises and anything in them (where entry and inspection may be effected without the use of force). To make any enquiry as may be necessary to:

  • Ascertain whether the Fire Safety Order applies or the Regulations complied with
  • To identify the responsible person

To require the production of, or where the information is in computerised form, the furnishing of extracts from any records which:

  • Are required to be kept by the Order and
  • Which it is necessary to see for the purposes of an examination or inspection and to take copies of (or any entry in) the records

To require any person having responsibility in relation to any premises (whether the responsible person or not) to give that person such facilities and assistance with regard to any matters or things to which the responsibility of that person extends. To take samples of any articles or substance found in any premises to which he has power of entry. In the case of any article or substance found, cause it to be dismantled or subjected to any process or test but not to damage or destroy it, unless this is necessary. Where an Inspector proposes to exercise his powers to dismantle or test any substance he must (if requested) allow anything to be carried out in the presence of the responsible person. Before exercising his powers to dismantle or test any substance, an Inspector must consult the appropriate persons to ascertain any dangers which may arise from his actions.

An Inspector must, if so required, produce evidence of identity

ENFORCEMENT NOTICE

If the enforcing authority is of the opinion that, the responsible person or any person who has to any extent control of those premises so far as those matters relate to matters under his control, has failed to comply with any provisions of this order the enforcing authority may serve on that person an enforcement notice

An Enforcement Notice must

  • State that the enforcing authority is of the opinion that the order is not being complied with and why
  • Specify the provisions which have not been complied with
  • Require steps to be taken to remedy the failure within a time as specified in the notice but not less than 28 days

An enforcement notice may give a choice of ways to remedy any contravention

Prohibition Notices

If the enforcing authority is of the opinion that the use of premises involves or will involve a risk to relevant persons so serious that use of the premises ought to be prohibited or restricted they may serve on the responsible or other person a prohibition notice. Matters relevant to assessing the need to serve a prohibition notice includes anything that affects relevant persons escaping from premises in the event of fire

It is an Offence for any person to

  • Fail to comply with ‘general duties of employees at work’ where failure puts any relevant person at risk of death or serious injury in the event of fire
  • Make a false entry in any document required to be kept
  • Give false information
  • Obstruct intentionally an officer enforcing this order
  • Fail to comply, without reasonable excuse, to any requirement imposed by an inspector with regard to the production of information, taking copies of any records or giving him assistance that enables him to exercise his powers
  • Pretend, with intent to deceive, to be an inspector
  • Fail to comply with any prohibition or restriction imposed by a prohibition notice

Maintenance of measures to protect Fire fighters

The responsible person must ensure that the premises and any facilities, equipment and devices provided in respect of the premises for the use by or protection of fire fighters are subject to suitable systems of maintenance and are maintained in an efficient state, working order and good repair eg. (fire fighting shafts, firemans lifts, rising mains etc. )

Please note this is for basic information on some of the most important sections of the Order. The Full Order can be Viewed here

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Trevor Lumbard GIFireE

Ex Senior Fire Service fire safety officer with over 30 years Fire Safety experience.

Contacts:

CSAR Fire Limited, 24 Lyde Road, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 5AT

Tel: 01935 424188
Mobile: 07974 409001
E- Mail:

Email for Quote
Guide to Cost