Commonly referred to as the RRO, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order came into force in England & Wales on 1st October 2006. It applies to virtually all premises (other than people’s private homes) and covers every type of building, structure and open space. Compliance with the RRO is mandatory.
In the past, fire certificates were issued for buildings by the local fire brigade. These have no legal status anymore and the fire service is no longer involved in checking the fire safety of buildings.
A key change under the RRO is the fact that building owners, landlords, head teachers, estates managers and many other people now shoulder the legal responsibility for fire safety. They have to appoint a ‘Responsible Person’ who must ensure that an annual fire risk assessment is undertaken.