Relevant Legislation

Fire safety regulations

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 received Parliamentary approval in June 2005 and came into force on 1 October 2006. It is the sole piece of legislation for fire safety issues.

The main focus of the order is fire prevention. Fire certificates have been abolished and have no legal status. The local fire and rescue authority, the Health and Safety Executive, or other relevant local authority will remain the enforcing authority.

Under the Reform Order, the 'responsible person' for the premises must carry out a fire risk assessment and nominate a sufficient number of competent persons (Fire Marshalls)  to assist in implementing the emergency procedures identified in the fire risk assessment.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 article 18 require the responsible person must, subject to paragraphs (6) and (7), appoint one or more competent persons to assist him in undertaking the preventive and protective measures and some companies call them fire marshalls.

One of the conditions under this article is a person is to be regarded as competent for the purposes of this article where he has sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities to enable him properly to assist in undertaking the preventive and protective measures.