Non-issuance of Fire Certificates

Contents of Fire Certificate - Pre Oct 2006


From 1st October 2006, with the application of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRO) 2005, Fire Certificates will no longer be issued.

The following information, therefore, no longer applies.

"A fire certificate sets out the fire authority's precise requirements for the particular workplace. These requirements are minimum standards and may need to be exceeded to comply with health and safety duties. The employer's risk assessment as regards fire should therefore consider the adequacy of fire certificate requirements for eliminating or controlling fire risks.

A fire certificate specifies:

  • the particular use or uses of premises which it covers;
  • the means of escape in the event of fire (shown in a plan);
  • how to ensure that the means of escape can be safely and effectively used (such as by means of direction signs, emergency lighting, fire doors, smoke doors, and the like);
  • fire fighting means for use by people at the premises;
  • how fire warnings must be given;
  • particulars as to any explosives or highly flammable materials stored or used on the premises.

In addition, a fire certificate may require:

  • maintenance of the means of escape and their freedom from obstruction;
  • maintenance of other fire precautions set out in the certificate;
  • employee training on what to do in the event of fire and keeping of suitable records of such training;
  • limitation of number of people who may at any time be on the premises;
  • any other fire precautions.

In addition to complying with the requirements of the fire certificate, the employer must comply with the Management of Health and Safety Regulations as regards assessment of fire risks, fire arrangements and the like."

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