A Guide to a Fire Risk Assessment for Your Business

Who needs a Fire Risk Assessment?

Fire risk assessmentThe Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order imposes a legal requirement to undertake a Fire Risk Assessment. This applies to:

  • all businesses who have 5 or more employees (including part-time)
  • business premises visited by the public
  • landlords with control over business premises
  • landlords of HMO properties
  • self-employed with business premises

What does a Fire Risk Assessment entail?

A Fire Risk Assessment should cover your entire business premises to evaluate:

  • the condition of the building and its age
  • the layout of the building
  • the contents of the building to identify potential fire hazards, sources of ignition and combustible materials
  • the escape routes in the event of a fire

The assessment should also take into consideration who works in the building and in which locations, current fire safety signage in the building, existing protocols for fire prevention and management, and fire safety equipment onsite including its condition and maintenance. You should also evaluate any existing fire safety training and drills.

Once an assessment has taken place, you will be able to produce a Fire Risk Assessment Report. This report will detail any areas that are not compliant with legislation and need urgent attention, along with recommendations for improvements in fire safety provision. It will also ensure you meet regulatory requirements and satisfy insurance needs.

Fire Risk AssessmentWho can do a Fire Risk Assessment?

A Fire Risk Assessment can be conducted by anyone who is competent to do so. However, as it is a document to ensure your compliance with legislation, if you don’t have an in-house health and safety person we highly recommend employing a BAFE registered company to undertake the assessment for you. A BAFE registered assessor will ensure your Fire Risk Assessment covers all aspects of fire safety and also adheres to legal requirements.

How long does a Fire Risk Assessment last for?

A Fire Risk Assessment doesn’t have an expiry date. However, it is your responsibility to review the report regularly and keep it up to date. You will need a new Fire Risk Assessment in the following circumstances:

  • When there have been material alterations to the building
  • If there are any significant changes to the use, contents or layout of the building since the last Fire Risk Assessment was carried out
  • If there’s a significant change in fire risk precautions

What next?

Assured Fire and Security are a BAFE registered company and can provide a comprehensive Fire Risk Assessment for your business. Contact us for more information or call us for a chat on how we can help ensure your business is compliant with fire safety law.

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