Fire Risk Assessment
Fire Risk Assessments of all workplaces are a requirement of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 for buildings in England and Wales. Similar requirements apply in Scotland under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, and in Northern Ireland under the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006. Under these regulations employers need to ensure that a Fire Risk Assessment is undertaken by a competent person.
The Fire Risk Assessment will identify possible hazards and risks. It will suggest actions to protect people, especially those considered particularly at risk and remove the risk from fire as far as is reasonably practicable. It will also identify whether the fire protection measures are sufficient and appropriate for the premises.
Employers occupying premises must appoint a legally designated person responsible for fire safety. In some cases this responsibility may be shared with different people assuming responsibility for different aspects of fire safety. The “Responsible Person” could also be the body corporate. If you are designated as a “Responsible Person” for fire safety you need to make certain all basic fire safety measures for the premises and areas under your control are in place and that all fire protection equipment is kept in good working order. This does not have to be time consuming or expensive and in addition to ensuring the safety of all concerned it can certainly pay off in terms of reducing the likelihood of fines and costly disruption to your business in the case of fire.
You can appoint a competent assessor to carry out the assessment for you. As the “Responsible Person” you are however still responsible in law. In cases where a tenant has the responsibility for undertaking fire risk assessments we would advise the landlord to ensure that they also obtain copies of the completed assessment or arrange for the fire risk assessment to be undertaken on behalf of the tenant.
If you employ five or more people or your premises are licensed you must record the findings of the risk assessment. Any actions taken to remove the risk from fire should also be recorded. Your FRA should also be reviewed periodically, or whenever significant changes are made to building structure, layout, processes or people.
As part of the fire risk assessment process we look at issues such as:
Activities within the premises and associated fire risks Layout and construction of premises Means of escape Fire detection and alarm arrangements Testing and inspection of fire/life safety systems Emergency Planning Staff instruction and training
At Eurosafe UK we have a nationwide team of Fire Risk Assessors with many years’ experience alongside specialist training in fire safety and fire risk assessment this ensures that clients can rely upon the advice given to them.