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RRO (Regulatory Reform Order) 

This page will be able to answer some of the frequently asked questions regarding the Regulatory Reform Order (RRO) and how it applies for you. We also have a number of Government Guides that offer further information about how the RRO applies specifically to your type of premises. To access these guides, please click here 
Where does the order apply? 
What are the main rules under the order? 
Who is responsible for meeting the order? 
How do I meet the order? 
Enforcing the order 
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? 
You must… 
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: 
An employer 
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 
For more information on the duties of the responsible person, please click here. 
How do I meet the order? 
If you are the responsible person, you must make sure you carry out a fire risk assessment, although you can pass this task to some other competent person. However you will still be responsible in law, for meeting the order. 
The responsible person, either on their own or with any other responsible person , must as far as is reasonably practicable make sure that everyone on the premises or nearby (employees, visitors or members of the public), can escape safely if there is a fire. 
The order says that you must manage any fire-risk in your premises. Fire authorities no longer issue fire certificates and those previously in force will have no legal status. You must still carry out a fire-risk assessment but any fire certificate you have may be useful as a starting point. 
If your premises have been designed and built in line with modern building regulations (and are being used in line with those regulations), your structural fire precautions should be acceptable. You will still need to carry out a fire-risk assessment and make sure that you keep up all fire precautions and maintenance routines. 
Enforcing the order 
Fire authorities will be the main agency responsible for enforcing all fire safety legislation in non-domestic premises, they will target their resources and inspections on the properties that present the highest risk 
They will continue to look into complaints about fire safety and carry out investigations after fires where poor fire safety management is evident 
If there is serious risk to life, the fire authority can issue a notice preventing the premises being used for certain things (such as sleeping) or preventing people from using all or part of the premises 
Risk Assessments 
Failure to comply with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order by not undertaking a Fire Risk Assessment can leave you in Breach. This could lead to a fine or imprisonment. 
To find out more about how Trafalgar can help protect your business, contact us today 
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