Fire Risk Assessments
Fire Risk Assessments
Who are fire risk assessments for?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (commonly known simply as the Fire Safety Order) introduced a legal duty for ‘the responsible person’ to take all reasonable steps to ensure that fire safety levels are appropriate at all times.
The segment within the legislation focusing on fire risk assessments opens with the following:
Risk assessment definition
9.—(1) The responsible person must make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to which relevant persons are exposed for the purpose of identifying the general fire precautions he needs to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed on him by or under this Order.
What is the scope/included?
This legislation applies to all non-domestic properties including commercial and public premises, such as shops, factories, warehouses and offices, but also schools, nursing homes as well as businesses providing sleeping accommodation. It also applies to sheltered housing as well as the communal areas of blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs); though not to the individual dwellings within the HMO.
For businesses employing five or more employees, there is a legal requirement to not only carry out a fire risk assessment, but to document the findings in writing.
Fire Risk Assessments can be carried out by the organisation or business affected. Please be aware, though, that the person carrying out the assessment has to have sufficient training to make judgements about the fire risks and the solutions required. The potential punishment for failing to meet your duties in relation to fire risk assessments is a prison sentence of up to two years, as well as an unlimited fine. Therefore, if you have doubts as to your ability to carry out an FRA it is highly recommended to engage the services of a professional fire risk assessor to ensure you comply to all relevant regulations.
Areas that need to be considered in almost all fire risk assessments are fire detection systems, emergency exits and routes (including evacuation plans), firefighting equipment and the availability of information and advice to the building’s occupants.
Issues such as the specific needs of vulnerable people and the safe storage of any dangerous substances must also be considered. However, these may not always be a relevant factor for the fire risk assessment depending on the use of the building.
Please note that any changes to the occupancy or activities within premises must be reflected in the fire risk assessment, meaning the document should be reviewed regularly and updated if needed.
What are the benefits for our clients?
We recommend clients contact us to discuss their fire risk assessment if they are unsure about how to complete FRA’s or are looking for support and further guidance.
Book a call with a FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT Consultant for support and guidance.