The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 places an absolute duty and responsibility on local fire authorities to enforce fire safety legislation. You may have heard of The General Powers Act, The Fire Precautions Act, and quite a few more, in 2005 these were all replaced by one single piece of fire safety primary legislation – The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and it is the articles in this document that persons with a responsibility for various premises must comply with.
Local fire authorities have Inspecting Officers whose job it is to visit premises falling within the legislation to conduct an audit. They will not hesitate to instigate enforcement action should they find evidence that the Responsible Person is not complying with the legislation. This could mean anything from issuing a Notice of Deficiencies through to prohibiting the use of the premises and prosecution.
Firesafe (Fire Safety Management) Consultants Ltd know the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 inside out and can provide you with advice and services to ensure you comply with the articles it contains.