Norwich Union welcomes fire safety reform guidance

Article date: 30 June 2006

Norwich Union has welcomed the new guidance covering major firesafety reform for businesses, which comes into effect from Octoberthis year.

But its success will depend on a concerted publicity campaign,the company says.

The fire safety regulatory reform order will consolidate 79pieces of legislation relating to fire safety and impact on allnon-domestic premises in England and Wales. The main issue foremployers and buildings owners will be the abolition of firecertificates, as well as a requirement to carry out a fire riskassessment and act on the findings.

Norwich Union property risk manager Allister Smith says:“The most crucial aspect of delivering the reform was alwaysgoing to be good publicity and guidance, to ensure that those notaware of the changes, or even the existing requirements, arebrought up to speed. Hopefully this much needed communicationexercise will be fully underway soon.”

Several guides are now available to download from theDepartment for Communities and Local Government website. Theycover offices and shops, factories and warehouses, sleepingaccommodation and educational premises.

Guides for residential, transport and healthcare premises andfacilities, as well as theatres and cinemas and some others arenot yet available, but are expected to be published in July.

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For further information, please contact:
Clare Schofield at Staniforth on 0161 919 8021/ 07971 609839 orSally Leeman at Norwich Union on 01603 684225/ 07800 699670.

Notes to editors

  • Norwich Union is the UK’s largest general insurer with amarket share of around 14%, with a focus on insurance forindividuals and small businesses.
  • It is the UK’s largest insurer. It is a leading providerof life, pensions and investment products and one of the largestFinancial Adviser (FA) providers. FAs provide over 70% of thecompany's long-term savings business in the UK.
  • Norwich Union’s news releases and a selection of imagesare available from Aviva's internet press centre at www.aviva.com/media

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