The Regulatory Reform Order
The Regulatory Reform Order 2005 (RRO) came into effect in October 2006 and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law. The RRO applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats and houses. The law applies to you if you are:
- responsible for business premises
- an employer or self-employed with business premises
- responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes
- a charity or voluntary organisation
- providing accommodation for paying guests
Under the order, the responsible person must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain a fire management plan.
From a Smoke Ventilation perspective, the RRO places emphasis on the regular maintenance of the smoke ventilation systems and your responsibility for this.
Section 17 of the RRO is quite implicit in the need for maintenance of Life Safety Systems.
17. — (1) Where necessary in order to safeguard the safety of relevant persons the responsible person must ensure that the premises and any facilities, equipment and devices provided in respect of the premises under this Order or, subject to paragraph (6), under any other enactment, including any enactment repealed or revoked by this Order, are subject to a suitable system of maintenance and are maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.
Please click on the link below for the recommended maintenance aspects for smoke control systems as defined by BS 9999.