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At FireCare, we have a vast amount of experience helping businesses in Eastleigh, Southampton and the surrounding areas with their fire safety needs.
Our professional team of fire risk assessors are here to suggest practical, pragmatic steps to help you improve your compliance and better protect your people, property, premises and fire.
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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
It is a legal requirement to carry out a fire risk assessment, and failure to complete one annually 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.
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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 these fire risk assessment steps, it is important that you choose a competent fire risk assessor who has 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.
FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT FAQS
FireCare provides fire safety services to businesses and organisations throughout the South, including:
- Fire risk assessments in Southampton, Hampshire
- Fire risk assessments in Eastleigh, Hampshire
- Fire risk assessments in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire
- Fire risk assessments in Winchester, Hampshire
Rated 4 out of 5 stars on Google, FireCare provides comprehensive risk assessments to business premises and organisations across the south. If you are looking for more FireCare risk assessment reviews, check out our testimonials! Whether you need a fire risk assessment for a block of flats, a school, or an office, we can help!
Yes. If your company employs 5 or more people, you must complete an annual assessment of your fire safety measures.
If you are considering the differences between professional fire risk assessment vs self assessment, FireCare can help. Only by choosing a competent, trained individual to complete your assessment can you be sure that your assessment meets HSE legal requirements, avoiding fines and ensuring the safety of your staff and the public.
You can find a step-by-step guide to risk assessments here.
An FRA must be completed by a competent person who has a full understanding of fire safety and how to mitigate the risk of fire. Significant findings must be recorded and suitable and sufficient steps must be taken to remedy the action points found during the assessment.
If you are looking for an FRA quote, complete our contact form today and a member of our team will be in touch.
It is not recommended that individuals without a comprehensive understanding of fire safety complete your assessment, as it could lead to risks being missed and potential fines. Instead, we recommend that you choose a professional fire risk assessment company such as FireCare.
Any company who employs more than 5 people is legally required to complete a risk assessment to help mitigate the risk of and prevent fire. If you are looking for fire risk assessment example, you can download our fire risk assessment template here. If you are unsure at any stage, it is worth choosing a competent assessor such as the team at FireCare to complete the assessment on your behalf.
If you are looking for a fire risk assessment in Southampton or the surrounding areas, FireCare can provide a comprehensive assessment of your property and provide helpful action points to ensure that you stay compliant. If you are looking for compliant fire safety services, FireCare can help if you are looking for the below:
- Fire risk assessment company in Southampton
- Fire risk assessment company in Eastleigh
- Fire risk assessment company in Chandlers Ford
- Fire risk assessment company in Winchester
Whether you need a fire risk assessment for flats, a fire risk assessment guide or need information about our fire risk assessment costs, contact FireCare today by completing our contact form.
If necessary, our fire risk assessors can provide a socially distanced fire risk assessment if your premises has vulnerable residents or staff.
If you are looking for a fire risk assessment nearby, FireCare cover the entirety of the South Coast providing fire risk assessments in London, Surrey and Hampshire.
Check out our 'Guidance & Advice' page for a range of fire safety guidance documents, fire strategy advice, fire risk assessment templates, UK information about fire risk assessments, how often FRA's should take place, UK fire safety legislation and more. You can also visit the Health & Safety Executive site for more compliance information, or you can view HSE fire risk assessment template and examples including workplace fire risk assessment pdf's and multi-occupancy housing fire risk assessment example pdf's here.
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