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Fire charter comes into force from October

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The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 for all non-domestic premises becomes fully enforceable from 1 October 2006.

The legislation requires that any employer or any other person who may have control of any part of the premises, such as an occupier or owner, must carry out regular fire risk assessments. Employers can also appoint a competent employee to carry out fire risk assessments on their behalf.

The assessments must also pay special attention to any dangerous substance liable to be on the premises and identify risks that can be removed or reduced in order to prevent possible risk of fire.

The legislation covers all buildings and all industries. John Dowling, Corus Construction Development Manager said he is not aware that the legislation contains anything unique for the steel industry or steel framed structures. “However, everyone in the industry should be aware of the extra preventive and protective measures that they are expected to undertake,” he said.

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