Fire Safety Risk Assessment Guides

Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)Fire safety law changed in October 2006. New fire safety rules affecting all non-domestic premises in England and Wales came into force on 1 October 2006.
These guidance notes are made available to help you prepare for the changes that have come into force.

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What will the guides tell me?

The guides explain what you might do to comply with fire safety law, help you to carry out a fire risk assessment and identify the general fire precautions you need to have in place. You will need to take account of where you handle and store flammable substances and determine the necessary fire safety precautions to minimise the likelihood of them being involved in a fire.

Who can carry out a fire risk assessment?

The guides are being written so that a responsible person, with limited formal training or experience, should be able to carry out a fire risk assessment. If you read the fire safety guide and decide you are unable to apply the guidance then you should seek expert advice. More complex premises will probably need to be assessed by a person who has comprehensive training or experience in fire risk assessment. However these fire safety guides will be appropriate for more complex, multi-occupied buildings to address fire safety issues in individual occupancies.

Who will be affected by the new legislation?

Primarily employers and building owners will be affected by the new legislation but it could be anyone who has some control over premises. The guides cover:

  • Offices and shops
  • Factories and warehouses
  • Sleeping accommodation
  • Residential care premises
  • Educational premises
  • Small and medium places of assembly
  • Large places of assembly
  • Theatres, cinemas and similar venues
  • Open air events and venues
  • Healthcare premises
  • Transport premises and facilities
  • Animal Premises and Stables
  • Means of Escape for Disabled People

Will my fire certificate be enough?

No. Fire certificates will no longer be valid.

How do I get a copy of the fire guides?

Although not all of the Fire Safety Risk Assessment guides have yet been published, they are ALL available to order now. Simply select the fire safety guide(s) you require using our Order Form and order securely from the TSO Shop.

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