The legislation regarding fire safety regulations in your premises is changing. Part 3 of the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 and the Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 will come into effect on 15 November 2010. This will simplify existing Fire Safety legislation in non-domestic premises and reinforce the modern risk based approach to fire prevention.
The Fire Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1984 will be repealed on 15 November 2010 and the previous fire certification process will cease. Existing premises that have previously been subjected to that Order will most likely be compliant in terms of their Fire Safety measures. However, it will now be necessary for those premises to have a current Fire Risk Assessment.
If a Fire Risk Assessment for the premises has been carried out under the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001 and this assessment has been regularly reviewed, then all that should be required is a revision of that assessment taking into account the wider scope of the new legislation as described in the guidance documents.
Who is responsible?
The legislation will mean significant changes to the ways in which employers and people in control of premises are required to manage fire safety. Responsibility for fire safety in the workplace now clearly rests with the employer and those with any degree of control of premises (deemed the appropriate person
They must take reasonable steps to:
- Reduce the risk from fire;
- Ensure people are able to escape safely if there is a fire.
Who will enforce the law?
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service will be the enforcing authority in respect of the majority of premises and will visit premises to ensure compliance with Fire Safety legislation.
Information and guidance on all aspects of the legislation and how it may apply to you can be found in the relevant sections on our website.