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34.—(1) In the case of any particular use of premises which the Department has power to designate under Article 22 the Department may by regulations make provisions as to the precautions which, as regards premises put to that use, or any specified class of such premises, are to be taken or observed in relation to the risk to persons in case of fire, but so that nothing in any regulations made under this Article shall apply to premises of any description falling within Article 23 (b); and nothing in this Article shall confer on the Department power to make provision with respect to the taking or observance of special precautions in connection with the carrying on of any manufacturing process.
(2) The Department may by regulations make provision as to the precautions which are to be taken or observed in relation to the risk to persons in case of fire as regards premises which, while Article 24 applies to them and a notice under that Article is in force in relation to them, are used as a dwelling, or any specified class of such premises.
(3) Without prejudice to the generality of the powers conferred on the Department by paragraphs (1) and (2), regulations made under this Article may in particular, as regards any premises to which they apply, impose requirements—
(a)as to the provision, maintenance and keeping free from obstruction of means of escape in case of fire;
(b)as to the provision and maintenance of means for securing that any means of escape can be safely and effectively used at all material times;
(c)as to the provision and maintenance of means for fighting fire and means for giving warning in case of fire;
(d)as to the internal construction of the premises and the materials used in that construction;
(e)for prohibiting altogether the presence or use in the premises of furniture or equipment of any specified description, or prohibiting its presence or use unless specified standards or conditions are complied with;
(f)for securing that persons employed to work in the premises receive appropriate instruction or training in what to do in case of fire;
(g)for securing that, in specified circumstances, specified numbers of attendants are stationed in specified parts of the premises; and
(h)as to the keeping of records of instruction or training given, or other things done, in pursuance of the regulations.
(4) Regulations under this Article—
(a)may impose requirements on persons other than occupiers of premises to which they apply;
(b)may, as regards any of their provisions, make provision as to the person or persons who are to be responsible for any contravention thereof; and
(c)may provide that if any specified provision of the regulations is contravened, the person or each of the persons who under the regulations is or are responsible for the contravention shall be guilty of an offence under the regulations.
(5) before making any regulations under this Article, the Department shall consult with such persons or bodies of persons as appear to it requisite.
(6) A person guilty of an offence under the regulations by virtue of paragraph (4) (c) shall be liable—
(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;
(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years, or to both.
(7) While there are in force under this Article any regulations applying to premises put to a particular use, or to any specified class of such premises, the Authority—
(a)in determining under paragraph (3) of Article 26 whether to issue a fire certificate covering that use with respect to any premises to which the regulations apply, shall proceed on the footing that, as regards any matter mentioned in sub-paragraphs (a) to (d) of that paragraph about which provision is made in the regulations, no more can reasonably be required in the circumstances of the case than is required by the regulations; and
(b)shall not in any fire certificate covering that use issued with respect to any premises to which the regulations apply impose in pursuance of Article 27 (2) in relation to that use any requirement as to any matter about which provision is made in the regulations which is more onerous than the requirements of the regulations as to that matter.
(8) Where there are in force under this Article any regulations applying to premises put to a particular use, or to any specified class of such premises, and a fire certificate covering that use is in force with respect to any premises to which the regulations apply, then—
(a)so long as the requirements as to any matter which are imposed by the fire certificate in relation to that use are complied with, no person shall be guilty of an offence under the regulations by reason of any contravention of a requirement of the regulations as to that matter;
(b )F1if as a result of an inspection made under Article 29 (1) it appears to the Authority that any of the matters mentioned in Article 27 91) (b) to (e) is not in conformity with any provision made in the regulations about that matter, the Authority shall by notice served on the occupier—
(i)inform him of that fact and of the steps which would have to be taken in relation to the relevant building (whether by way of making alterations to any part of the relevant building or otherwise) to bring the matter in question into conformity with that provision; and
(ii)notify him that if those steps are not taken (whether by himself or otherwise) within such period as may be specified in the notice, the fire certificate may be cancelled,
and if those steps are duly taken, the Authority shall, if necessary, amend the fire certificate or issue a new one.
(9) Where there is in force a notice under Article 24 relating to any premises, paragraph (8) (b) shall apply to them subject to the modification that the first reference to the occupier shall be read as a reference to the occupier or the notified person, and the other references to the occupier shall be read as references to the occupier or the notified person, as the case may be.
(10) Articles 29 (11) and 30 shall (with the necessary modifications) have effect in a case where a notice is served under paragraph (8) (b) with respect to any premises as they have effect in a case where a notice is served under Article 29 (7); and where in pursuance of this Article the Authority amends a fire certificate of which by virtue of Article 27 (10) a copy is required to be kept in the premises to which the certificate relates, it shall cause the copy to be similarly amended.
(11) After the coming into operation of this paragraph no regulations shall be made[F2 under Article 6(2)(a) of the Cinemas (Northern Ireland) Order 1991]; but any regulations made under that provision which are in force when this paragraph comes into operation shall have effect as if made under this Article, and may be amended or revoked accordingly.
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