Standards & Regulations

In simple terms, all businesses must have fire extinguishers on their premises; this equipment must be serviced at least once a year and all management and staff must receive training in the safe and effective use of this equipment.

The laws behind these requirements are:

  • Fire Services Act 1981 and amendments
  • I.S. 291: 2002 “The use, siting, inspection and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers”
  • Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act 2005

Guidance on fire safety to assist persons in charge of premises to discharge their duties under the Fire Services Act, 1981 have been produced by the Department of the Environment and Local Government and these documents are available through the Government Publications Sale Office, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. These are :-

Code of Practice for Fire Safety of Furnishings and Fittings in Places of Assembly
Guide to Fire Precautions in Existing Hotels, Guesthouses and Similar Premises
Guide to Fire Safety in Flats, Bedsitters and Apartments
Guide to Fire Safety in Existing Nursing Homes and Similar Type
Fire Safety in Hostels
Code of Practice for Safety at Indoor Concerts
Fire Safety in Pre-Schools

For more information visit the Department of the Environment and Local Government’s fire information page, at

The Health and Safety Authority provides a wealth of relevant information at and includes details of legislation in the following areas.

Standards_and_RegulationsActs of the Oireachtas relating to Occupational Safety and Health
Regulations made under Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989
Regulations made under European Communities Act, 1972
Regulations made under Dangerous Substances Acts, 1972 and 1979
Regulations made under Mines and Quarries Act, 1965
Miscellaneous Regulations and Orders
Approved Codes of Practice

Full details of all relevant legislation may be purchased from:

Government Publications Sales Office,
Sun Alliance House,
Molesworth Street,
Dublin 2.
Phone: +353-1-661-3111