In the United Kingdom the Fire Service was subject to the Fire Services Act 1947 and in 2004 it was replaced in England and Wales by the The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 – Chapter 21. However fire safety was covered by about seventy pieces in fire safety legislation the principal ones being the Fire Precautions Act 1961 and the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997/1999. It was decided the legislation needed to be to rationalise and simplified in England and Wales. This was achieved by using the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 to create a new order and this new order is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
To find out how the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 effects you and your business please click on this link for a guide from the Fire Safety Advice Centre