Reform of fire safety legislation completed.(News)

The biggest single reform of fire safety legislation in over 30 years, which aims to simplify the law for thousands of businesses while placing a greater focus on prevention, has now been agreed by Parliament.

The new law comes into force next April and will consolidate existing fire legislation, currently scattered across more than 70 pieces of legislation.

It also seeks to improve fire safety by placing the responsibility for fire safety on the employer or 'responsible person' for that building or premises. He or she will be required to assess the risks of fire and take steps to reduce or remove them.

In addition, businesses will no longer need a fire certificate--though fire and rescue authorities will still continue to inspect premises and ensure adequate fire precautions are in place. …

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