The introduction of the Fire Safety Order in October 2006 replaced previous fire safety legislation for non-domestic properties. It aimed to simplify and consolidate over 100 existing fire safety laws and guidelines that often caused confusion for those seeking compliance. Navigating through the various and sometimes overlapping duties was a significant challenge.

The new regulations now outline obligations falling into six key categories:

  1. Employers must conduct a fire safety risk assessment.
  2. Identify all necessary effective fire safety measures.
  3. Implement these measures to mitigate risks.
  4. Establish a process to oversee the continuous control of fire safety measures.
  5. Ensure regular reviews of the risk assessment and fire safety measures.
  6. Document all findings.