Overview: EPIC Fire Safety Order Guide

The EPIC Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order Guide has been prepared for the designated ‘responsible person’ so that a fully reasoned fire risk assessment can be made. The guide contains information on Insulated Panels and where they are found in construction; their performance in fire; and how to identify them.

Insulated Panels: The Fire Safety Order (2005)

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 was approved by Parliament on 7 June 2005 and became effective October 2006.The Order makes a number of changes as part of the review to reduce death, injury and damage caused by fire. It applies to England and Wales. Northern Ireland and Scotland have their own laws.

The main effect of the Order is to place greater emphasis on fire prevention in non-domestic premises. Fire certificates have been abolished and the responsibility for compliance with the Fire Safety Order will rest with the ‘Responsible Person’. The ‘responsible person’ is generally the person/people in control of the premises or in a workplace, the employer and any other person who might have control of the premises, e.g. the occupier or owner.

The ‘responsible person’ must carry out a ‘fire risk assessment’, which shall focus on the safety in case of fire of all ‘relevant persons’. This task may be passed to some other competent person but the ‘responsible person’ will still be responsible for meeting the Order. The fire risk assessment will help the ‘responsible person’ to identify risks that can be removed or reduced and to decide the extent of the general precautions that should be taken to protect people against the fire risks that remain.

Responsibility for enforcement of the new rules lies with the Local Fire and Rescue Service Authority who will carry out regular inspections, especially to premises that present most risk to the community. These inspections will be carried out within the context of the new Integrated Risk.