The prospects from the bridgehead: at last month's Fire Industry Confederation seminar at the House of Commons delegates were given an update on the progress of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.(Seminar Report)

AN INTRODUCTION WAS provided by Andy Jack of the ODPM, who explained that the safety of people was paramount--and that successive governments had viewed the complexities of fire taw.

In his view 'removal of burdens' was needed and the RRO was to be subject to tests--valid proposals were to be considered, and also possible adjustments to law. He did concede that there had been a delay in guidance to support the Order, but stated that this was justified by the need to consult with 'guides', or in other words--stakeholders.

The draft of the Order had taken a few weeks to return from the committees and procedures had to be followed. Mr Jack also stated that the draft had been refined down when questioned and went on to explain how it would be worded more appropriately in lay terms, by virtue of an editor--who works for health and safety. …

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