What is a fire risk assessment

What is a Fire Risk Assessment

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, placed the responsibility for fire safety on the person responsible for a premises.  Fire risk Assessments are the vehicle to check that suitable precautions have been taken.  Where this is not the case, the FRA provides detailed requirements for bringing the premises up to the required level.

Failure to have a FRA or failure in the implement the finding would put your employees, visitors and neighbours at risk , and secondly, open yourself up to possible prosecution in the event of a fire.

Our risk assessor will attend your premises to carry out a comprehensive survey of your premises and the surrounding area.  He will consider the building itself, construction, layout, contents etc. 

The assessment will cover a number of areas including.
  • Identify potential fire hazards, incl. Arson.

  • Identify preventative measure already in place.

  • Inspection of  the fabric of the building to ensure compartmentalisation.

  • inspection of  Fire Doors, and the frames.

  • Review the means of escape, in terms of the premises and anybody who may be working or visiting the premises.

  • Review evacuation plans and management of Fire Safety.

  • Review the current Fire Detection and Emergency light provision.

  • Review fire fighting measure currently provided.

  • Review emergency Signage.
  • Produce a detailed written report covering all of the above, with recommendation and timescale,  where needed,to bring the building up to standard.

Once the survey is completed the assessor will produce his report.

Who needs a FRA?

A Fire Risk assessment is required:

  • If you employ with more than 5 people (including part-time staff).
  • If you have business premises that are frequented by the public or are a voluntary organisation.
  • If you are a landlord with control over a business premises.
  • if you own HMO (Houses of Multiple Occupancy) properties.
  • If you are self-employed with business premises,
  • If you own licensed premises.
  • If have an alterations notice in force.

The legal responsibility for carrying out the assessment falls upon any of the people below

  •  Employers - Person Responsible

  •  People with responsibility for a workplace

  •  Tenants who are responsible maintenance and safety of the workplace

  •  People who conduct a trade or business from a business premises

  •  Owners of unoccupied business premises

The Final Report

Once the survey is completed, our assessor produces a full detailed written report that will provide a clear understanding of the fire safety measures already undertaken and more importantly those which need to be improved or added.  These requirements will be detailed in clear understandable terms, with individual timescales for each to be implemented, and a date for the future review of the premises and the work carried out.

The report is available in electronic and paper formats.