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  • Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Existing Non-Residential Premises: September 2017

This guide has been produced to assist those who have responsibility under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 for ensuring fire safety in non-residential premises in Scotland.

It is applicable to general fire safety in existing non-residential commercial, industrial, transport, assembly, educational, day care or entertainment premises.

It consolidates and supersedes a number of individual Scottish Government guides, and introduces a substantial number of editorial changes in the revision aimed at improving dutyholders’ understanding. The guides superseded are:

 Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Educational and Day Care for Children Premises: February 2008

 Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Places of Entertainment and Assembly: December 2007

 Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Factories and Storage Premises: February 2008

 Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Offices, Shops and Similar Premises: February 2008

 Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Transport Premises: February 2008

  • Review of Part 3 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005: March 2015

The Regulatory Review Group is reviewing Part 3 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 in respect of fire safety in non-domestic premises, and associated material.  To assist with this review a questionnaire has now been compiled and comments and views are welcomed from all interested parties. The questionnaire can be accessed via the Regulatory Review Group web page

  • January 2015 - restructuring of Firelaw webpages

Amendment to Fire (Scotland) Act 2005

On 1 April 2014, the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 was amended so that the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR)  became responsible for fire safety enforcement in respect of nuclear sites and installations where previously the responsibility sat with the Health and Safety Executive.

  • March 2014 – New Care Home Fire Safety Guidance in Scotland

Revised ‘Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Care Homes’ has been published.  The new guidance is issued by Scottish Ministers in terms of section 61(2) of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005.  It supersedes the February 2008 version and has been substantially edited to make it more user-friendly, taking account of comments received during a public consultation exercise.

The guidance aims to assist those who have responsibility under the 2005 Act for ensuring fire safety in care homes in Scotland. A copy of the associated Ministerial news release has been published on the Scottish Government website.