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The fire safety risk assessment represents the cornerstone of your fire safety strategy. By identifying those areas of your premises which are most at risk and implementing the resulting recommendations and action points, you can effectively safeguard your property, assets, and people.
However, to get the most benefit from a fire risk assessment, it is important that it is completed by someone with the appropriate knowledge and experience. Without the appropriate training, it is difficult to know what might represent a risk to your premises, and how best to address any vulnerabilities.
At FireCare, we understand that this is a responsibility that many business owners can do without. However, with fire safety non-compliance resulting in fines and potentially imprisonment, it is not a task that can be ignored, nor delegated to someone without the required knowledge or competence.
We'll give you the peace of mind that your people, property, and premises are protected. Our trained assessors will examine your building and processes, providing you with the information and recommendations you need to stay safe and legal.
What is a Fire Risk Assessment?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) states that all non-domestic premises housing 5 or more people must review the following on an annual basis:
- Your current fire prevention measures (particularly in relation to storage, smoking, flammable/combustible substances, machinery and equipment and general housekeeping).
- How well you could communicate to those onsite in the event of a fire (fire detection systems, alarms, signage, emergency lighting).
- Your escape routes – are there clear escape paths? Do you complete regular fire drills? Do you have any vulnerable staff with special escape requirements?
- How well could you confine and/or suppress a fire?
- The level of awareness and training among your staff in terms of what to do in the event of a fire (fire training, fire drills, fire tests etc).
Each of the above should be rated according to the level of risk. If the risk identified in any area is too high, you then need to put an action plan in place to reduce the risk (with timescales and lines of responsibility). You should consider potential improvements and maintenance requirements, as well as future training needs. Your findings must be documented, and these records retained for inspection and review purposes.
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Does My Business Need a Fire Risk Assessment?
Any organisation employing 5 or more people (whether commercial or not for profit) must complete a written and specific fire risk assessment on an annual basis.
Who Needs to Ensure a FRA is in Place?
Typically, this is the responsibility of a director, manager or owner of a company. If the allocated ‘responsible person’ fails in their duties, they can expect a substantial fine or, in extreme cases, a custodial sentence.
Consequences of Non-Compliance
Failure to complete an annual fire risk assessment could result in a large fine, or in extreme cases, a custodial sentence for the owners of the business.
Who Can Complete a Fire Risk Assessment?
A competent individual, whether a trained employee or an outside contractor can complete a fire risk assessment. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) states that someone is classed as competent if they have sufficient training skills and knowledge to carry out the task at hand. The larger or more difficult the building, the greater the required level, training and experience that is required of the assessor.
What Is a Fire Risk Assessment Designed to Achieve?
Only 7% of small and medium-sized business will still be trading two years after a serious fire. So while the implementation of an FRA is necessary to ensure that you’ve considered the best possible means by which to protect your employees and premises (and addressed any issues which might prohibit this), from a commercial perspective, it’s also vital in terms of safeguarding the future of your business. An FRA is specifically designed to ensure you regularly review the risk to your buildings and premises, and act upon any issues identified.
Need Help With Your Fire Risk Assessments? Contact Our Friendly Team Today
Feeling overwhelmed by your fire risk assessment responsibilities? At FireCare, we have a vast amount of experience helping businesses across the South Coast with their fire safety needs. Our professional team are here to suggest practical, pragmatic steps to help you improve your compliance and better protect your people, premises and property.
Whether you need compliance advice or would like one of our assessors to visit your premises, get in touch with us today by completing our contact form, and a member of our team will be in touch.
FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT FAQS
Fire risk assessment regulations state that a FRA must be carried out by a competent individual. It is the responsibility of the company owner/directors to ensure that a competent person is appointed to carry out the FRA, whether that is a fire risk assessment company or someone inhouse.
Fire risk assessment prices vary depending on the size of the building being assessed. Get in touch now for a free quote!
A FRA, is a risk assessment for fire hazards and is the same standard level, involving the same steps in the majority of circumstances. However in the case of blocks of flats, there are 4 different levels of assessment, depending on the areas of the block that are being assessed.
Fire risk assessment laws, state that fire risk assessments in the UK, must be completed by any business or organisation employing 5 or more people (whether commercial or not for profit).
How long a fire risk assessment takes to carry out, will depend on the size of the building and the level of complexities involved.
Once an initial FRA has been carried out and you have a fire risk assessment record of significant findings, fire risk assessment requirements in the UK, say that FRAs should be reviewed annually.
How often to review a fire risk assessment in the UK, depends on whether any significant changes to the premises, staffing or other factors have taken place. The purpose of a fire risk assessment, is to assess the organisation's current risks, so if no significant changes are made, a FRA should be reviewed once a year. If however, a significant change occurs within the organisation, the FRA should be reviewed immediately.
The 5 fire safety risk assessment steps are:
- What are your current fire prevention measures
- How well you could communicate to those onsite in the event of a fire
- Your escape routes
- How well could you confine and/or suppress a fire?
- The level of awareness and training among your staff
Yes! As a fire risk assessment provider for Hampshire, we cover Southampton.
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