FIRE RISK ASSESSMENTS
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, effective 1st October 2006, is applicable to ALL UK Businesses and Organisations, which can be inspected by the Fire Authorities for compliance.
WHAT IS A FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT?
A fire risk assessment is a process involving the systematic evaluation of the factors that determine the hazard from fire, the likelihood that there will be a fire and the consequences if one were to occur.
IS IT REQUIRED BY LAW?
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, a fire risk assessment is necessary in virtually all buildings in England and Wales, other than domestic dwellings. Similar requirements apply in Scotland under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, and in Northern Ireland under the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 .
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
A fire risk assessment involves a physical inspection of the building to determine the adequacy of the existing fire precautions and the need for any additional measures. However, of equal importance to the physical inspection is a review of fire safety management in the organisation and consideration of the human factors – how people will respond to an emergency and whether they will take appropriate action.
There are practical limits to the extent of the survey and evaluation of the fire precautions. For example, in undertaking a fire risk assessment, we would not carry out detailed engineering evaluation or testing of fire protection systems, emergency escape lighting, etc. However, we would inspect such systems visually. Where appropriate, we would identify the need for any further engineering evaluation.
Similarly, the survey of the construction of the building would extend to readily accessible areas of the building only. We would not undertake destructive exposure. While we would inspect above false ceilings, where possible.
In the case of a fire risk assessment aimed at satisfying the requirements of legislation, the objective of the risk assessment will primarily be the safety of the occupants of the building. While some of the recommendations we may make could also be beneficial to property protection, we would not be specifically addressing this objective or the objective of avoiding business interruption from fire.
Non compliance may result in substantial fines and closure of part or all of your workplace/premises and even imprisonment (see our news section). The “responsible person/s” must manage any fire risk on the premises, and to do this he/she/they need to carry out a fire risk assessment.
WHY CHOOSE US and WHY ARE WE SPECIAL?
Since 2005 we have completed over 2000 fire risk assessments all meeting the requirements of the local fire authority and the The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
Our Fire Risk Assessors are either ex local authority fire officers, accredited assessors and members of the Institute of Fire Engineers or the Institute of Fire Safety Managers and all with appropriate experience and/or training
FREE FIRE SAFETY AUDITS
Sometimes we can complete a free fire safety audit, but you will have to check with us to see whether you qualify, call Tracey on 01536 601491 .
When we complete a fire safety audit we look at:
- Firefighting equipment and detection systems
- Emergency routes and exits
- Maintenance records of fire safety equipment
- Fire safety management
On completion, a documented report in PDF format will be emailed
FIRE RISK ASSESSMENTS
The “responsible person/s” must manage any fire risk on the premises, and to do this a fire risk assessment must be completed and reviewed on a regular basis
The Fire Risk Assessment will generally follow the principles contained within ‘The Fire Safety Risk Assessment Guidance Documents’ which recommend a five-step approach:
- Identify Hazards
- Identify persons at risk in the event of a fire
- Evaluate the risks
- Record the significant findings and actions to be taken
- Keep assessment under review
Need to know more?
Call Head Office 01536 601491