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The RRO starts to bite with two prosecutions in recent weeks

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO), introduced in October 2006, simplified the law on fire safety by replacing over 70 separate pieces of fire safety legislation. The RRO applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupations (HMOs).

Under the RRO, the responsible person must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain a fire management plan. However, despite significant publicity it seems many people are still cutting corners on Fire Safety.

Just recently, a luxury hotel near Manchester was fined £127,000 for what a judge called a ‘cavalier disregard’ for the safety of guests. The hotel pleaded guilty to three breaches of the RRO and was fined £75,000 (£25,000 for each offence) and ordered to pay costs of £52,000 in the first such jury trial of its kind.

The RRO starts to bite with two prosecutions in recent weeks

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO), introduced in October 2006, simplified the law on fire safety by replacing over 70 separate pieces of fire safety legislation. The RRO applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupations (HMOs).

Under the RRO, the responsible person must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain a fire management plan. However, despite significant publicity it seems many people are still cutting corners on Fire Safety.

Just recently, a luxury hotel near Manchester was fined £127,000 for what a judge called a ‘cavalier disregard’ for the safety of guests. The hotel pleaded guilty to three breaches of the RRO and was fined £75,000 (£25,000 for each offence) and ordered to pay costs of £52,000 in the first such jury trial of its kind.

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