Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
The Fire Safety Order (FSO) came into effect in October 2006 and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law. It applies to virtually all non-domestic premises and covers nearly every type of building, structure and open space.
The FSO places a duty on the responsible person to undertake a suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment which identifies the general fire precautions that need to be taken to ensure the safety of relevant people. Under the majority of circumstances, the significant findings of the risk assessment must be recorded.
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service enforces general fire safety legislation on behalf of Royal Berkshire Fire Authority in Berkshire.
As of October 2023, the FSO has made amendments to Section 156 of the Building Safety Act 2022. All Responsible Persons and Business Owners must follow this legislation. These requirements apply to all non-domestic premises, such as where people work, visit or stay, including workplaces, and the non-domestic parts of multi-occupied residential buildings (e.g. communal corridors, stairways, plant rooms). The requirements do not apply within individual domestic premises.