Fire safety legislation reform: a tall order? CACFOA's task group on the implementation of the Regulatory Reform Order has been charged with defining a national policy. Soliciting views from across the fire sector is only part of the problem, as full implementation is possibly less than a year away. (News Extra).(Chief and Assistant Chief Fire Officers' Association)(Industry Overview)

Everyone in the UK fire industry will by now be aware of the Government's proposals to radically revamp fire safety laws as they apply in England and Wales, as set out in the consultation document issue in 2002 by the ODPM.

In 2004 a new Regulatory Reform Order (RRO) is likely to become law, at a stroke wiping out the significant fire safety law of the last three decades (ie, Fire Precautions Act 1971) and removing reference to fire from over 70 other pieces of legislation. This RRO will effectively create a new regime similar to the European based Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations, but covering almost all workplace and other places to which the public resort.

In August 2002 CACFOA's National Fire Safety Committee created a sub-group to deal specifically with issues regarding the implementation of RRO. …

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