The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 covers general fire safety in England and Wales.
In Scotland, requirements on general fire safety are covered in Part 3 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, supported by the Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006.
In most premises, local fire and rescue authorities are responsible for enforcing this fire safety legislation. The Health & Safety Executive has enforcement responsibility, on construction sites, nuclear premises, ships under construction or undergoing repair.
Dangerous substances that cause fire and explosion
Work which involves the storage, use or creation of chemicals, vapours, dusts etc., that can readily burn or explode, is hazardous. Each year people are injured at work by flammable substances accidentally catching fire or exploding.
What are the hazards?
Many substances found in the workplace can cause fires or explosions. These range from the obvious, e.g. flammable chemicals, petrol, cellulose paint thinners and welding gases, to the less obvious – engine oil, grease, packaging materials, dusts from wood, flour and sugar.
It is important to be aware of the risks, by assessing them regularly, and to control or get rid of them, preventing accidents.