Since the introduction of the Regulatory Reform Order in 2006 and The Fire Safety (Employees Capabilities) Regulations 2010, a Fire Risk Assessment must be carried out within all businesses and organisations.
A Fire Risk Assessment identifies potential fire risks and identifies solutions to protect the occupants of the buildings.
Upon completion of our suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment, you’ll receive a comprehensive report which details findings and most importantly recommendations to bring your site up to the required fire safety standard.
The implemented Fire Risk Assessment will reduce the risk to your assets and increase the likelihood of business continuity if in the unfortunate circumstance a fire occurred.
Previous business and organisations I’ve worked with:
- Wine Bar
- Student accommodation
- Residential Flats
- Dental Practice
Why do I need a Fire Risk Assessment?
- Is it a legal requirement to have a Fire Risk Assessment?
Yes, the law changed in October 2006, The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that it is a requirement of the Responsible Person in non-domestic premises to carry out a fire risk assessment, including measures to reduce or eliminate the risk of fire, and identify persons at risk.
- Who does the current legislation state should have a fire risk assessment?
The law applies to you if you are:
- Providing accommodation for paying guests/li>
- Responsible for business premises/li>
- An employer or self-employed with business premises/li>
- A manager or person responsible for the communal areas of blocks of flats/li>
- Responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes/li>
- A charity or voluntary organisation/li>
- A contractor with a degree of control over premises/li>
- Offices & shops/li>
- Premises that provide care, including care homes and hospitals/li>
- Community halls, places of worship and other community premises/li>
- Blocks of flats/li>
- Individual properties considered to be HMO’s/li>
- Pubs, clubs and restaurants/li>
- Sports centres/li>
- Tents and marquees/li>
- Hotels and hostels/li>
- Factories and warehouses/li>
- Industrial unit
- Will my insurance payout if we have a fire and there is no fire risk assessment?
It is a legal requirement to have a fire risk assessment. Some insurance companies are insisting that assessments are completed prior to insurance being offered. If your business doesn’t adhere to current legislation then you could be at risk of not being paid out.
- How much does a fire risk assessment cost?
The cost depends on the size of the building and the risks therein. In general terms, Assessments start from about £250.
- I live in a block of flats which is residential, do I need a fire risk assessment?
Yes, it is a requirement that a fire risk assessment is completed in the common areas for the safety of all the occupants.
- What are the benefits of engaging a fire risk assessor to undertake a fire risk assessment?
A qualified fire risk assessor will:
- Understand the relevant fire safety regulations
- Have training and experience in carrying out fire risk assessments for all sizes of business and all kinds of business properties
- Have training, knowledge and experience in the principles of fire safety
- Understand the physics of fire development and the psychology of people’s behavior when fire breaks out
- Have been trained to identify fire hazards, fire risks, and buildings and occupants of buildings who pose special risk in the event of a fire
- Carry full Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance
- Do I need to have a fire risk assessment every year?
No, but it is your responsibility to regularly review your fire assessment document and check that it is still valid. There are certain instances when you must do a fresh fire risk assessment and update your document, for example if:
- There have been material alterations to the premises
- There are any significant changes to the use or contents or layout of the building since the last fire risk assessment was carried out
- There is a significant change in fire risk precautions
- There is any other reason to suspect that the fire risk assessment is no longer valid
If you do not have a Fire Risk Assessment for your business or organisation and an incident occurs, the responsible person will be liable for prosecution.