Article 17 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 makes it a legal requirement on the responsible person to ensure that fire resisting doors and escape doors are correctly installed and appropriately maintained to be fit for purpose. The Fire and Rescue Authorities have the power to enforce the Fire Safety Order and can prosecute or prohibit the use of part or all of the building where breaches of the regulations occur. Building owners need ‘competent persons’ as referenced in the Fire Safety Order to help them comply with fire door regulations.
The Fire Door report is structured in such a way that the client can use it to engage a contractor who can generate a quote from it and it is also a record of the fire doors that can be used to manage and maintain them going forward. It will prove compliance with Article 6 of the RRO 2005.
Updates to the RRO 2005
The announcement of a Fire Safety Bill on 19 March 2020 is the first move in long-awaited legislative reforms to fire safety law. The Bill proposes limited changes to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO), which is the principal piece of legislation dealing with the management of fire safety risks in buildings.
The changes only affect Article 6 RRO “Premises to which the Fire Safety Order Applies”, but will clarify that for residential buildings with multiple occupancy, the fire safety duties owed will apply to:
- The external walls and any common parts of the building, including doors or windows in the walls and anything attached to the walls (including balconies); and
- All doors between the domestic premises and common parts.
It is important to note that the Bill does not impose any new duties; it will simply extend the scope of existing duties, where it was not previously clear that they already applied to certain parts of buildings. “Responsible Persons” with duties in respect of multi-occupied residential buildings (such as residential landlords and Tenant Management Organisations) will need to consider whether their existing risk assessments and fire safety measures include the parts of buildings covered in the Bill.
Conrad Wolfe Fire Safety Consultancy can undertake inspections on any building to give your business a record of the standard and location of your fire doors, this can help you ensure the fire doors are maintained to the prescribed standards.
All fire door inspectors are qualified.