New fire safety rules will impact on insurance cover

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

New government fire regulations for the long-term care sector come into effect in this October. Companies, which fail to comply with the new regulations will face prosecution. In addition insurance companies may re-examine their warranties and claim conditions to penalise deliberate offenders by withholding cover. *The Law* The biggest single reform of commercial fire and safety legislation in more than 30 years will take place when The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 comes into force in October 2006. At present fire safety regulations are scattered across more than 70 pieces of legislation and the new law will comprise one piece of legislation. The new regulations aim to improve fire safety by placing the responsibility on the employer or “responsible person” for that building or premises. He or she will be required to assess the risks of fire and take steps to reduce or improve them. It will pay particular attention to those at special risk, such as young people, disabled people and those wit

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