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The fire 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.
Book Your Free Compliance Check
As part of our complementary Compliance Check service, we'll discuss your current fire safety and security measures, and explain all applicable regulatory requirements. We'll then suggest practical, pragmatic steps to help you improve your compliance and better protect your people, premises and property.
The Compliance Check is not a sales appointment, and there is no obligation to use FireCare, nor commit to anything further.
Book your complementary Compliance Check today, and get peace of mind that your business is better protected.
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