A Fire Risk assessment is required by law under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. However, a written record of your Fire Risk Assessment must be kept if your business has 5 or more employees.
If you are found guilty of breaking the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, you can face anything from a fine to a prison sentence.
Assured want to help, here is our 5 step guide to Fire Risk Assessments
1.Who needs a Fire Risk Assessment?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order imposes a legal requirement to undertake a Fire Risk Assessment. This applies to;
- All businesses with 5 or more employees
- Business premises that are visited by members of the public
- Landlords with control over the business premises
- Landlords of HMO properties
2.What does a Fire Risk Assesment entail?
A Fire Risk Assessment should cover your entire business premises and will identify your specific site fire risks. For example, they should cover the people at risk and firefighting facilities to a means of escape and identifying fire hazards amongst other areas.
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3.Who can do a Fire Risk Assessment?
A Fire Risk Assessment can be carried out by anyone who is competent to do so. However, it is highly recommended to use a specialist company. If your local Fire and Rescue authority attends your site and deems your assessment and prevention methods to be inadequate you could be handed an Enforcement Notice, Prohibition Notice or Penalties.
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4.How long does a Fire Risk Assessment last for?
A Fire Risk Assessment should be kept up to date, reviewed annually and replaced every 3 years.
You will need a new Fire Risk Assessment in the following circumstances;
- When there have been material alterations to the building
- When there is a significant change to the use, contents or layout of the building
- If there is a significant change in fire risk precautions.
5.I’ve had a Fire Risk Assessment completed, what will happen next?
As a result if you’ve had a Fire Risk Assessment completed by a certified assessor, you will be presented with a report containing unbiased recommendations to improve your building’s fire safety procedures.
This will be broken down into sections such as; fire protection measures, risk assessment summary, significant findings etc. Against each area, the assessor will highlight if it is compliant or not. Any areas which are not compliant will come with a risk level and within the action plan, it will state what measures need to be taken in order to become compliant.