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30 July 2019
The government's consultation for regulatory reform to Fire Safety Order 2005 has officially been responded to by BAFE, the independent register of quality fire safety service providers.
BAFE says it agrees strongly with the scope of the current fire safety legislation, noting the only concern at present being the “degree/method for enforcement”.
According to BAFE, the Fire Safety Order does not provide a proportionate legislative approach to ensuring fire safety for business and enforcing authorities.
They said there is "no mandated competence for fire safety providers – especially for fire risk assessors who provide the key service around which the RRO is based”.
They also believe that, with the current legislation, there is “too little understanding of the role” for those in control of regulated premises, “especially in multiple and mixed occupancy premises”.
"There should be oversight and competence requirements within the Order itself," they said.
The public consultation Call for evidence: the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 closes 31 July 2019 at 11:45pm. For more information, visit www.gov.uk/government/consultations/the-regulatory-reform-fire-safety-order-2005-call-for-evidence