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Regulatory Reform Order 2005

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 replaces most fire safety legislation with one simple order.  Under 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'.  Click on the links below for further information.

Click here to view 'A short guide to making your premises safe from fire'

Click here for the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Click here for link to GOV.UK

Responsible Person

Article 3 of the Fire Safety Order 2005 defines who the responsible person for the premises is. In order to meet the obligations under EU Directives, wherever there is an employer they will continue to be responsible for the safety of their employees. In order to achieve the necessary broader coverage of the legislation beyond workplaces, the definition has been extended.  Therefore, where there is no employer in any premises, the occupier or owner of the premises is the responsible person.

'In this Order “responsible person” means—

(a)    in relation to a workplace, the employer, if the workplace is to any extent under his control;

(b)    in relation to any premises not falling within paragraph (a)—

        (i)    the person who has control of the premises (as occupier or otherwise) in connection 
               with the carrying on by him of a trade, business or other undertaking (for profit or not); or

        (ii)    the owner, where the person in control of the premises does not have control in connection 
                with the carrying on by that person of a trade, business or other undertaking'.

Click here for the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Click here for GOV.UK - Fire Safety in the Workplace

Electrical Safety in the Home, Industry and Business

An increasing amount of the fires attended by the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are caused by electrical faults.  This may be due to the numbers of appliances and equipment now present in our homes and businesses since the beginning of the electronic age and advancement in modern technology.  Advice and guidance, as well as current news and real life stories, can be found on the Electrical Safety Councils website through the following link.

Click here to go to the Electrical Safety Council website

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service insist that electrical safety is treated seriously - where in doubt consult a qualified electrical engineer.