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October sees new fire rules
The government has formed a partnership with a number of bodies aimed at encouraging businesses and organisations affected by new fire safety legislation to take advantage of guidance produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
UK fire minister, Angela Smith, has launched the new guidance on the fire safety legislation, which is intended to make fire legislation safer and simpler. People responsible for any premises in England and Wales where people gather will have to comply with new rules approved by MPs in June 2005 from October 1st this year.
The government, firefighters and the business community have teamed up to promote the new rules to "responsible persons" in charge of fire safety.
Responsible persons in charge of buildings, communal areas or open spaces, will have a duty to ensure the safety of everyone on their premises and anyone in the immediate vicinity who may be at risk is fire breaks out.
Ms Smith said: "Prevention has always been better than cure and these important reforms reflect the government's continued focus on risk assessment and fire prevention to reduce death, injury and damage caused by fire."
Those in charge of fire safety should ensure that they have familiarised themselves with the changes in the law and the guidance before October and ensure that they have adequate commercial buildings insurance to meet their new obligations.
Failure to comply with the new regulations could result in enforcement action or even prosecution.
Employers are being advised to carry out risk assessments before the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 comes into force and guidance documents are now available online and can be downloaded free of charge.
04 Aug 2006