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Legislation is constantly changing. At MCFP, we keep abreast of these updates so that you – the customer – don’t have to.




Background to Legislative Terminology

  • FSO: The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is the legislation which covers the Fire Industry
  • BSI: the UK’s National Standards Body – it works with many different industries to develop British, European, and International Standards.
  • BS: refers to one of BSI’s British Standards – there are currently over 27,000 active standards covering all industries
  • BS 5306 is the series of BSI’s British Standards relating to “Fire extinguishing installations and equipment on premises”.
  • BS 5306-8:2012 details the code of practise for a specific part of this standard (part 8), showing the year in which it came into effect (2012).


What is BS5306-8:2012?

BS5306-8:2012 stands for “Fire extinguishing installations and equipment on premises. Selection and positioning of portable fire extinguishers.”


  • Compliance - MCFP must be aware of, and confirm to the specifications of this standard.
  • Updating – these standards are constantly being modified; e.g. BS 5306-9:2015 relating to the recharging of portable fire extinguishers was updated in March-15.


Why is it relevant?

  • Legislation - the standards imposed by BS5306 are enforceable under the FSO
  • Financial penalties - you can be fined or prosecuted if you are found to have disregarded British Standards ‘BS’



As we saw from the 2-Nov blog article, buying off the internet isn’t always as cheap as it seems, with one hidden cost being potential non-compliance with legislation.


MCFP will ensure that you are always covered from a legislative point of view. If you’d like to know more, please email us info@mcfp.co.uk or call us on 01869 252600 (Bicester), 01275 333336 (Bristol).


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