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The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 places the duty and responsibility for ensuring the safety of persons in premises upon the ‘responsible person’. This is a legal term and is defined in the Order as:
‘In relation to a workplace, the employer, if the workplace is to any extent under his control;’
‘In relation to premises not falling within the above, the person who has control of the premises (as occupier or otherwise) in connection with the carrying on by him of a trade, business or other undertaking (for profit or not) or:
‘The owner, where the person in control of the premises does not have control in connection with the carrying on by that person of a trade, business or other undertaking.’
There are some premises which are not included in The Order however, not many. If in doubt please contact Firesafe (Fire Safety Management) Consultants Ltd to check what parts of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and other relevant legislation applies to your premises.