Fire Risk Assessments.
A Fire Risk Assessment is an inspection and assessment of all fire related hazards within a premises and an analyses of how those hazards may affect the building and its occupants in the event of a fire. The Fire Risk Assessment identifies the level of risk presented and provides suitable control measures for any significant findings. Our Fire Risk Assessors will provide an action plan with reasonable timescales to implement any necessary remedial action.
The first step of reducing risk to a premises is by complying with current legal requirement, namely the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Does my building require a fire risk assessment?
In the UK it is a legal requirement to carry out a fire risk assessment in the majority of all workplace or where members of the public have access. The Responsible Person must arrange a competent person to carry out a risk assessment. This is a requirement of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This legislation came into force in October 2006 and requires all buildings (other than single domestic dwellings) to have a fire risk assessment and significant finding recorded. Previously "Fire Certificates" were issued by the fire service, however the legal onus is now on the occupier/responsible person to ensure a fire risk assessment has been completed. In many cases a fire certificate can be the basis for a fire risk assessment.
Who should carry out a fire risk assessment?
A "competent person" should carry out a fire risk assessment. This person will have a strong level of knowledge and experience with regards to fire safety legalisation, fire safety standards and the ability to perform a risk assessment. Their experience will allow them to make appropriate judgements with regards to fire risk and recommend suitable control measure to manage or eliminate the risks.
In majority of cases the competent person will be an experience fire safety professional. Abbott Fire's team of Fire Risk Assessors is made up of former fire and rescue service enforcement officers, with significant experience in conducting fire safety audits.
What happens when a Fire Risk Assessment is completed?
The risk assessment will record any significant findings, and those affected will be informed accordingly. An action plan will also be formulated in order to assist with the implementation of any necessary remedial action. The plan should specify what needs to be achieved, by whom and in what timescale. It is recommended that the plan is continually updated, in order to provide an audit trail for both management and the enforcing authority.
How often should it be reviewed?
There is no simple answer to this question. However it should be reviewed "whenever it is considered to be no longer valid." This means whenever any significant changed have occurred, such as changed to the layout of the building, change to the occupancy, or following any fire related incidents or near misses. It should also be reviewed at periodic intervals stated within the assessment, for normal risk risk buildings, this is generally every 12 months.
What will happen if I don't carry out a fire risk assessment?
The most significant risk in terms of safety, is if you don't carry out a fire risk assessment you will be unaware of any fire related hazards that could affect the safety of your building and occupants and well as affecting the continuity of your business. Failure to identify the risks could result in significant financial loss, serious injury or death.
It is also a legal requirement to carry out and manage a fire risk assessment, failure to do so could lead to enforcement action being taken against the 'Responsible Person.'
Does your business require a fire risk assessment, or has your fire risk assessment identified the need for additional fire safety equipment?
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