Inspections by Fire and Rescue authorities (FRAs) have found that more than one third of non-residential premises failed to be compliant with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) according to latest government statistics.
FRAs are responsible for enforcing the order and audited 39,700 non-residential premises in 2013-2014.
Non-residential premises visited included offices, factories, warehouses, shops, public buildings, schools and licensed premises. Although 63% of premises visited met a satisfactory level of compliance, 37% failed to meet compliance standards of FSO. The worst performers were licenced premises where only 52% of 8,200 audited were satisfactory compliant. Of the 6000 factories and warehouses visited, 71% were satisfactory. FRAs also designated 70% of 4,900 offices as compliant.
The FRAs handed out 11,488 informal notifications, 1136 enforcement notices, 267 prohibition notices and 41 prosecutions. The most common reasons for non-compliance were failures in risk assessments, emergency routes and exits and maintaining precautions.
Click below for policy paper on Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO): Focus on Enforcement review.
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