Frequently asked questions

Q. I have heard the fire safety legislation came into force on Sunday 1 October 2006, where can I find more information?

You can find a breakdown of information about the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 on this website.

Q. What is new about this legislation?

If you are:

  • Responsible for business premises;
  • an employer;
  • self-employed with business premises;      
  • a charity or voluntary organisation; or 
  • a contractor with a degree of control over any premises

you are required to undertake a fire safety risk assessment.

Q. Do I only need to consider the safety of employees when undertaking a risk assessment?

For the first time in fire safety legislation you will also have to take into account any person reporting to your premises, such as:

  • Contractors
  • Professional visitors
  • Members of the public
  • Any other people who may be affected by your activities

Q. Will I have to make special arrangements for people with mobility impairment and other disabilities?

Where there are people with special needs on your premises, appropriate arrangements must be made.

The Government Fire Safety Risk Assessment Guide says: "In evaluating the risk to people with disabilities you may need to discuss their individual needs with them.  In more complex buildings used extensively by the public you may need to seek professional advice."

You should also make sure you conform to the Disabilities Discrimination Act.

Q. I have no experience of making a fire safety risk assessment, where can I find some guidance?

There are a series of guides on completing a fire safety risk assessment

 If you are responsible for a small or medium size premises you will probably be able to use the guides to carry out a suitable and sufficient fire safety risk assessment yourself.

If you are not confident, get help, but remember you are responsible for seeing it is done properly.

Q. Once I have done my fire safety risk assessment who do I need to show it to?

You will need to consult with your staff and other interested parties about the findings of the risk assessment and provide adequate training.

Avon Fire Authority is responsible for enforcing the legislation.

As part of this a fire officer may ask to see your risk assessment.