1 October 2006 saw the implementation of new, simpler fire safety legislation (Regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order 2005). The changes were designed to make the law easier to comply with and understand, by reforming and rationalising fire safety laws contained in 118 pieces of legislation.
This legislation promotes self-regulation and places the requirement for compliance squarely on the employer. A series of guides are available to assist business in fire safety compliance which can be found below.
Offices and retail premises (including individual units within larger premises eg shopping centres).Offices and shops guidance
All premises where the main use is to provide sleeping accommodation eg hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, hostels, residential training centres, holiday accommodation and the common areas of flats, maisonettes, HMOs and sheltered housing (other than those providing care – see residential care premises), but excluding hospitals, residential care premises, places of custody and single private dwellings.
Residential care and nursing homes, common areas of sheltered housing (where care is provided) and similar premises, which are permanently staffed and where the primary use is the provision of care rather than healthcare.
Teaching establishments ranging from pre-school through to universities, except the residential parts.
Smaller public houses, clubs, restaurants and cafes, village halls, community centres, libraries, marquees, churches and other places of worship or study accommodating up to 300 people.
Larger premises where more than 300 people could gather eg shopping centres (not the individual shops), large nightclubs and pubs, exhibition and conference centres, sports stadia, marquees, museums, libraries, churches, cathedrals and other places of worship or study.
Open air events, eg theme parks, zoos, music concerts, sporting events (not stadia – see large places of assembly), fairgrounds and county fairs.
Premises where the primary use is the provision of healthcare (including private) eg hospitals, doctors, surgeries, dentists and other similar healthcare premises.
Transportation terminals and interchanges, eg airports, railway stations (including sub-surface), transport tunnels, ports, bus and coach stations and similar premises but excluding the means of transport (eg trains, buses, planes and ships).
This guide is a supplement to be read alongside other guides in this series. It provides additional information on accessibility and means of escape.