SMEs playing with fire by ignoring new regulations

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are in danger of missing out on new fire prevention laws that make individuals responsible for staff and buildings, according to the Passive Fire Protection Federation (PFPF).

From 1 October 2006, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRO) 2005 states that anyone responsible for premises must carry out a fire safety-risk assessment or face enforcement action or prosecution from the fire and rescue service.

David Sugden, chairman of the PFPF, said that

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