Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire Safety Order '05

The Fire Safety Order (FSO) 2005 became law on the 1st October 2006, replacing 118 pieces of legislation, repealing the Fire Precautions Act 1971 and revoking The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations. At a stroke, all fire certificates and plans have ceased to be valid and the highly prescriptive standards set by the Fire Service have been replaced by a system of risk-based assessment, whereby accountability lies squarely and firmly with 'the responsible person' in any business.

No longer is it the fire service's duty to make sure the workplace is safe. That duty lies with 'the responsible person' and they will be held accountable under the new legislation.

Fire Protection Officers will audit the fire risk assessments and associated documentation relating to any premises and at the end of the premises' audit, the 'responsible person' will be informed of their compliance level. If there are matters of concern, then the FPO may use their powers of enforcement.

These powers vary from educating and informing (discussing action plans), notification of defects to be rectified, an alterations notice, an enforcement notice, a prohibition notice and possible prosecution.

British Agrochemical Standards Inspection Scheme

Officers of the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will inspect/audit premises registered with the British Agrochemical Inspection Scheme Limited (BASIS) under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in line with the current Risk Based Inspection Programme. BASIS will be informed of the outcome of any inspection/audit at premises designated High Risk within four weeks.


Support Documents

We have compiled 'Fire Risk Assessment' information to help you to comply with the new laws.

If you would like to discuss any matter relating to the FSO, please call Workplace Fire Safety at Headquarters on 01376 576000

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