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5. Review your fi re risk assessment to ensure it is up to date. You will need to re-examine your fi re risk assessment if you suspect it is no longer valid, such as after a near-miss or if there is a signifi cant change such as a change of processes, occupants or the layout of the building.


Enforcement


Fire authorities are the main agency responsible for enforcing the law. Fire authorities will look into complaints, carry out investigations after fi res and carry out targeted inspections. Where poor fi re safety management is discovered, they may prosecute. If there is a very serious risk to life,


the fi re authority can issue a notice preventing the premises from being used for certain things, or preventing people from using all or part of the premises.


Author information


Robert Thilthorpe is Technical Manager at the Fire Industry Association. www.fi a.uk.com


Fire safety law The following legal instruments are the principal pieces of legislation which govern fi re safety in the UK and are the ones specifi cally referred to in this article. England and Wales ■ The Regulatory Reform (fi re safety) order 2005


Scotland ■ The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 ■ The Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006


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Northern Ireland ■ The Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006


■ The Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010


Fire certifi cates and old legislation The above legislation amended many other pieces of earlier legislation. It also repealed or revoked, among others: ■ The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997


■ Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001


■ Fire Precautions Act 1971.


The Fire Precautions Act required the Fire Brigade or Local Authority to issue a Fire Certifi cate for certain classes of premises. The authorities no longer issue Fire Certifi cates and those previously in force will have no legal status, but don’t throw them away. Any Fire Certifi cates you have may be useful as a starting point for your fi re risk assessment. For more information on fi re safety law and your legal responsibilities visit the FIA website where you can download our Best Practice Guide to Fire Safety and also a Fire Safety Law leafl et.


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