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Contract Fire Safety Regulations

This document is related to fire safety regulations for massage chair use in a commercial situation.

If you are not planning on using your massage chair on a commerial basis then you need to refer to the Domestic Fire Safety Regulations documentation available by clicking here.

Sterling 5 Year Warranty
Contract Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations and the new Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order(RRFSO)

The regulations concerning Fire safety for ‘Contract Installations’ such as Offices, Hotels, and Public Areas in general, used to be the responsibility of local Fire Officers who, having inspected a building, specified the level of fire risk and indicated the level of fire testing that will be required for furniture including massage chairs within the building. Only when the testing requirements had been met, did the local Fire Authority will issue a Fire Certificate for the building. Often the tests required for a massage chair or other furniture were considerably more stringent than those required for a domestic situation.

Recently Fire Certificates have been abolished and ceased to have any legal status. Compliance with the new Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (RRFSO) is the responsibility of a‘Responsible Person’ within the organisation occupying a building. In a workplace this would be the employer or any other person who may control the premises, e.g. the occupier or owner. In all other premises the person or people in control of the premises will be responsible. If there is more than one responsible person in any type of premises, all must take all reasonable steps to work with each other. If you are the responsible person you will have to carry out a fire risk assessment which must focus on the safety in case of fire of all 'relevant persons'. It should pay particular attention to those at special risk, such as the disabled and those with special needs, and must include consideration of any dangerous substance likely to be on the premises. Your fire risk assessment will help you identify risks that can be removed or reduced and to decide the nature and extent of the general fire precautions you need to take to protect people against the fire risks that remain. If you employ five or more people you must record the significant findings of the assessment.

What does this mean in practice? We believe that the new smoking ban considerably reduces the fire risk posed by furniture in contract situations. In the circumstances – providing a massage chair has been properly tested in the UK to BS5852 and is labelled as such this should be quite satisfactory to the Responsible Person in most cases. All Sterling chairs are clearly labelled as having been tested which will absolve the Responsible person from the need for further enquiries.

In some situations a higher standard such as a CRIB5 test may be required. Not all Sterling chairs or materials have been tested to this higher standard and it is important to consider and discuss any possible such requirements before purchase. Special order chairs can be produced to suit any normal environment.

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