The Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006 were made under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and came in to force on the 1st October 2006, repealing all previous fire safety legislation, and placing a requirement on Scottish businesses to do a fire risk assessment that looks at reducing and removing the risk of fire.
Under the new law, employers are required to carry out and keep under review, a fire safety risk assessment and implement any fire safety measures which are required to ensure their employees’ safety and that of others in the premises in the event of fire. The assessment also needs to be reviewed regularly. This may seem like another burden on a busy agenda, however compliance will benefit all by reducing the risk from fire and adding to the safety of persons using the premises. The changes in fire safety legislation under Part 3 of The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 commenced simultaneously with the changes in legislation also happening in England and Wales under the new Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.