Where does the order apply?
The order applies to virtually all premises and nearly every type of building, structure and open space, here are just a few examples:
Offices & Shops
Pubs, Clubs and Restaurants
Schools & Sports Centres
Tents & Marquees
The order does not apply to peoples homes, including individual flats in a block or a house
What are the main rules under the order?
Carry out a fire risk assessment
Consider who may be especially at risk
Eliminate or reduce the risk from fire as much as possible and provide general fire precautions to deal with any remaining risk
Take other measures to ensure protection if flammable or explosive materials are used or stored
Create a plan to deal with emergency and keep a record of your findings
Who is responsible for meeting the order?
Anyone who has control of the premises or anyone who has a degree of control over certain areas or systems may be a “responsible person“. For example, it could be:
A managing agent or owner of shared premises
The occupier such as self employed persons or voluntary organisations
Any other person that has some control over part of the premises
Although in many premises, the responsible person will be obvious, there may be times when a number of people have some responsibility