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The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Compliance Checklist:
Please note that the following checklist is intended to provide an indication of the key requirements of the Fire Safety Duties specified in Part 2, and some of the Miscellaneous Provisions specified in Part 5, of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. As there is enormous variation across the range of workplaces and premises to which the RRFSO applies, the identification and implementation of appropriate measures to fulfil these duties and requirements, etc. will require careful consideration of the hazards and risks presented in the individual workplaces. RRFSO Reference Fire Safety Duties / Miscellaneous Provisions Satisfactory (Yes / No) Comments / Further Action Required

Article 8 General Fire Precautions


Have appropriate measures been taken with regard to: Reducing the risk of fire Reducing the spread of fire Providing adequate means of escape Detecting, and providing warning, of fire Providing adequate means of fighting fire Providing emergency plans and procedures Providing instruction and training for employees?

Article 9 Risk Assessment


Have appropriate measures been taken with regard to: Identifying fire hazards Full consideration of any dangerous substances Identifying people who may be at risk Identifying anyone especially at risk Evaluating risks Removing or reducing risks Protecting against residual risk Recording the significant findings Arrangements for reviewing the assessment?

Article 10 Principles of Prevention to be applied


Have the protective and preventive measures been implemented in accordance with the following principles of prevention: Avoiding risks Evaluating the risks which cannot be avoided Combating the risks at source Adapting to technical progress Replacing the dangerous by the non-dangerous or less dangerous Developing a coherent overall prevention policy Giving collective protective measures priority over individual protective measures Giving appropriate instructions to employees?

Article 11

Fire Safety Arrangements


Have appropriate procedures been put in place for the: planning, organisation, control, monitoring, and review of the preventive and protective measures. Are the procedures adequately recorded?

Article 12

Elimination / Reduction of Risks from Dangerous Substances


Have appropriate measures been put in place to ensure that, so far as is reasonably practicable: Risks related to dangerous substances are eliminated or reduced Dangerous substances, or processes, are replaced by those which eliminate or reduce the risk Detrimental effects of fire are mitigated Arrangements are in place for the safe handling, storage and transport of dangerous substances and any waste containing such substances?

Article 13

Fire Fighting and Fire Detection


Where necessary, are the premises equipped with appropriate equipment for: Detecting fire Raising the alarm Fighting fire Is any such non-automatic equipment: Accessible Simple to use Indicated by signs?

Article 14

Emergency Routes and Exits


Are arrangements in place to ensure that: Routes to emergency exits and the exits themselves are kept clear at all times Emergency routes and exits lead as directly as possible to a place of safety In the event of danger, persons can evacuate the premises as quickly and safely as possible The number, distribution and dimensions of emergency routes and exits is adequate (with regard to the use, equipment and dimensions of the premises and the maximum number of persons who may be present) Emergency doors open in the direction of escape Sliding or revolving doors are not used for exits specifically intended to be emergency exits Emergency doors can be easily and immediately opened by anyone in an emergency Emergency routes and exits are adequately indicated by signs Emergency routes and exits where lighting is required are also provided with adequate emergency lighting?

Article 15

Procedures for Serious and Imminent Danger, and for Danger Areas
Have appropriate procedures (and drills) been established to be followed in the event of serious and imminent danger Have a sufficient number of competent persons been nominated to implement the procedures for evacuation of relevant persons Is access to dangerous areas restricted to persons with relevant safety training Have any people who may be exposed to serious and imminent danger been informed of the hazards and preventive / protective measures Do the procedures enable people to stop work and proceed to a place of safety in the event of serious and imminent danger, and not resume work whilst the conditions persist Do all people nominated as 'competent persons' have sufficient training and experience, or knowledge and other qualities, required to properly implement the evacuation procedures?

Article 16

Additional Emergency Measures in Respect of Dangerous Substances


With regard to any accident, incident or emergency related to the presence of a dangerous substance in or on the premises: is information on the relevant emergency arrangements available does the information include details of relevant hazards and hazard identification arrangements does the information include details of specific hazards likely to arise in an emergency are suitable warning and communication systems in place to enable an appropriate response where necessary, before explosive conditions are reached: are visual / audible warnings given are relevant persons withdrawn are adequate means of escape provided is all relevant information made available to the accident and emergency services is relevant information displayed at the premises? In the event of a fire arising from the presence of a dangerous substance in or on the premises, are measures in place to: mitigate the effects of the fire restore the situation to normal inform relevant persons who may be affected restrict access to personnel conducting repairs or other essential work ensure any specialised training has been provided provide appropriate PPE?

Article 17 Maintenance
Are the premises and all facilities, equipment and devices etc. provided in the interest of fire safety subject to a suitable system of maintenance maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair?

Article 18

Safety Assistance
Have one, or more, competent persons been appointed to assist in undertaking the preventive and protective measures Are appropriate communication / co-operation arrangements in place Have the competent persons been provided with adequate information, time and resources to carry out their duties properly Do all people nominated as 'competent persons' have sufficient training and experience, or knowledge and other qualities, required to properly assist in undertaking the preventive and protective measure?

Article 19

Provision of Information to Employees


Have all employees been provided with relevant information on: the risks to them identified by the fire risk assessment the preventive and protective measures in force the emergency procedures the names of the appointed competent persons the risks, if any, presented to them by other occupiers of shared premises Where children are employed, have the parents been provided with information on any risks to the child, and the preventive and protective measures in force? Where a dangerous substance is present in or on the premises, have employees been provided, in a manner appropriate to the level of risk, with the details of any such substance including: the substance name and the risks it presents access to any relevant safety data sheets access to legislative provisions which apply to the substance (hazardous properties) the significant findings of the risk assessment?

Article 20

Provision of Information to Employers and the Self-Employed from Outside Undertakings


Have the employers of any workers from other undertakings who are working on the premises (e.g. contractors) been provided with relevant information on: the risks to their employees the preventive and protective measures in force the appointed competent persons who will implement procedures for evacuation? continues over >

Article 21

Training
Are all employees provided with adequate safety training: when they are first employed when exposed to new or increased risks due to a transfer to different work being given different responsibilities the introduction of new work equipment or a significant change to existing equipment the introduction of new technology the introduction of a new system of work or a significant change to an existing system Is sufficient instruction and training provided on appropriate precautions and actions to be taken by the employee in order to safeguard himself and other relevant persons? Is the training: repeated periodically (where appropriate) adapted to take account of any new risks presented or significant changes to existing risks provided in a manner appropriate to the risks identified by the fire risk assessment provided during working hours?

Article 22

Co-operation and Co-ordination


In shared premises, or premises where there is more than one responsible person, are arrangements in place to ensure: co-operation between all the responsible persons with regard to fire safety issues that each responsible person is informed of the risks presented by the undertakings of the other responsible persons where an explosive atmosphere may occur, the co-ordination of measures to protect relevant persons?

Article 23

General Duties of Employees at Work


Have all employees been made aware of the duties imposed upon them to: take reasonable care for their own safety and that of other relevant persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work to co-operate with the employer to enable the duties and requirements of the RRFSO to be complied with to inform the employer, or other employee with specific responsibility for safety, of: any work situation that presents serious and immediate danger any matter which could reasonably be considered to represent a shortcoming in the safety arrangements?

Article 37

Fire-fighters' switches for luminous tube signs etc.


Are cut-off switches provided for any such apparatus designed to work at voltages above the 'prescribed voltage' Are the cut-off switches readily recognisable and accessible to fire fighters Have the Fire & Rescue Authority been given adequate notice prior to the installation of any such apparatus?

Article 38

Maintenance of measures provided for protection of fire-fighters


Are the premises and all facilities, equipment and devices etc. provided for the use by, or protection of fire-fighters: subject to a suitable system of maintenance maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair?

Article 40

Duty not to charge employees for things done or provided (in pursuance of any
requirement of the RRFSO) Is the organisation compliant with regard to this duty?

This checklist has been compiled for low risk workplaces. What sort of fire safety risk do your premises present? For expert advice on workplace assessments contact us on fire@rrc.co.uk

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