Last edited 11 Dec 2020

Responsible person under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

[edit] Fire safety

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 consolidated and rationalised previous fire safety legislation and reduced the number of enforcing authorities dealing with general fire safety matters.

The Order requires that the responsible person (the person having control of the building, or a degree of control) takes reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and makes sure people can safely escape if there is a fire. This includes all people that might visit the premises.

The Order defines the ‘responsible person’ as:

  1. The person who has control of the premises (as occupier or otherwise) in connection with the carrying on by him of a trade, business or other undertaking (for profit or not); or
  2. The owner, where the person in control of the premises does not have control in connection with the carrying on by that person of a trade, business or other undertaking.

Their duties of the responsible person are set out in articles 8 to 22 of the Order, and include:

[edit] Security

The Loss Prevention Standard (LSP 2082 : Issue 1.0), published by BRE Global in 2017, defines responsible persons(s) as:

‘The person(s) holding ultimate responsibility for facility security. They can be identified as:

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The RRO doesn't require the appointment of a responsible person! The responsible person is defined in the order. So you are the responsible person if you are the employer or owner and it matters not a jot if someone writes a bit of paper "appointing". The RRO requires the "responsible person" to appoint "competent person(s)" to assist them. The distinction between "responsible person" and "competent person" is important

This has been corrected.

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