Friday, July 14, 2006

Fire safety law is changing in October 2006

Changes in the law will have an impact on voluntary sector employers, as well as your health and safety policies. The new law will:

1. Emphasise preventing fires and reducing risk
2. Make it your responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone who uses your premises and in the immediate vicinity
3. Do away with the need for fire certificates

A set of guidance notes has been developed to tell you what you have to do to comply with fire safety law, help you to carry out a fire risk assessment, and identify the general fire precautions you need to have in place.

The guides are designed so that a responsible person, with limited formal training or experience, should be able to carry out a fire risk assessment. If you read the guide and decide you are unable to apply the guidance then you should seek expert advice.

More complex premises will probably need to be assessed by a person who has comprehensive training or experience in fire risk assessment. However these guides will be appropriate for more complex, multi-occupied buildings to address fire safety issues in individual occupancies.

For more details and to download the guides, go the Department for Communities and Local Government website at


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