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FIRE SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES

Introduction
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order or FSO now requires building owners and managers to undertake responsibility for the fire safety of properties under their control. They must carry out fire risk assessments and be able to show that they have provided adequate and reasonable fire safety precautions for their premises.

Shadbolt support
Shadbolt, when supplying fire doorsets, will assist our customers (contractor, architect or client) to meet their obligations under the FSO and Building Regulations by providing the relevant information and documentation necessary to identify, operate and maintain our products, including for example product literature, fixing instructions and maintenance information.

Regulatory reform
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires building owners and managers to undertake the responsibility for the fire safety of properties under their control. The RRFSO applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, and to the common parts of apartment buildings.

All premises must have a responsible person (generally the owner, occupier or employer) who must carry out an annual fire risk assessment and must be able to show that they have provided adequate and reasonable fire safety precautions for their premises. This would include ensuring that fire and escape doors are suitable for their function, have the correct hardware fitted and are appropriately maintained.
They must also be able to produce documentation showing that relevant products are suitable for their application.

Guidance on the implementation of a fire risk management plan is available from the Department for Communities and Local Government. The responsible person, if not an expert, would also be advised to make use of the services of a specialist fire safety consultant.

Building regulations compliance
Under changes to the Building Regulations 2010 Part 8, a person carrying out building work must give appropriate fire safety information to the responsible person (as defined by the RRFSO 2005) on completion of the work or the date of occupation of the building.
This information will cover those aspects of the design and construction of the building which will help the responsible person to operate and maintain the building safely.