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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Business Fire Safety

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) came into effect in October 2006 and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law.

The FSO applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupation (HMO).

The law applies to you if you are:

  • Responsible for business premises
  • An employer or self-employed with business premises
  • ¬†Responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes
  • A charity or voluntary organisation
  • A contractor with a degree of control over any premises
  • Providing accommodation for paying guests

All non-domestic premises, including the common or shared parts of blocks of flats or HMOs are covered by the Order, and may be inspected by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. Under the Order, Fire and Rescue Authorities have a statutory duty to ensure compliance and enforce the requirements where necessary.
Under the FSO, the responsible person must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain a fire management plan.

For simple and practical advice for fire safety in small and medium businesses download the booklet - Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 - A short guide to making your premises safe from fire.

The Government's website has information about Fire safety in the workplace as a guide for businesses.