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Carrying out a fire risk assessment is a legal requirement for all businesses. It is your legal duty under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005,  England and Wales, for a building, or an owner or occupier of a commercial premises to ensure that all fire safety precautions are up to date and any potential hazards are dealt with immediately.

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Comply with the law

Fire Safety Legislation says that a suitable and sufficient risk assessments must be in place at all times. This is enforced by your Local Authority and Fire Service. Non-compliance can lead to fines, closures or even prosecution.

Satisfy your insurance

Your business insurance will demand that you take proactive steps to comply with Fire Safety Legislation. If you fail to do this then it could lead to a void insurance policy and no pay-out in a claim of fire or arson.

Protect your people

Our fire risk assessment report will tell you exactly what you need to do to reduce the risk of fire. This is the very best way to protect your staff and your customers from serious harm caused by a fire emergency.

protect your property

As well as the risk to human life, the risk of fire also threatens your building, stock and other property. Carrying out a thorough fire risk assessment via a professional is the best way to reduce the risk of fire.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is the primary piece of Regulation which outlines proper fire safety. The Order came into force on the 1st October 2006 and it replaces most fire safety legislation with one simple order. Prior to the order, fire safety in the UK was covered by approximately 60 pieces of separate legislation which made it very difficult and long winded to comply with.

It applies to all non-domestic premises (with few exceptions) and says that any person who has some control in a commercial premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape in an emergency situation.

Responsible Person – fire safety

The order shifted the onus of fire safety from The Fire Service directly onto industry itself. No longer would the fire service issue Fire Safe Certificates of your premises and although they are still responsible for enforcing the legislation, the compliance is down to each individual business. This is the person who has control, or a degree of control in the premises in question and who will take responsibility in complying with the legislation.

Depending on the commercial arrangement in place this could be a business owner, a landlord, a manager or a self-employed person. This is known as the ‘Responsible Person’ and they must take all the reasonable steps to ensure the fire safety of the premises. In order to do this a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment is needed to identify the hazards, the people at risk and the necessary control measures.

Who is responsible for completing a fire risk assessment?

The Responsible Person (RP) must arrange for a fire risk assessment to be carried out. Under the Order, anybody who is competent enough can complete a fire risk assessment, so the RP can complete it themselves so long as the have the necessary knowledge and experience.

In higher risk areas, such as hospitality venues and other areas which welcome the public, RP’s should be extremely careful about undertaking any fire risk assessments themselves. The inspection is a very detailed process with a potentially high rate of consequence should the assessment be carried out poorly.

Unless the RP has specific training in carrying out fire risk assessments, we would always recommend using a competent professional such as ourselves.

How often should a fire risk assessment be reviewed

There is no specific time period set in law for how often fire risk assessments must be carried out or reviewed. The Order states that the fire risk assessment must be suitable, sufficient and reviewed regularly.

‘Regularly enough’ will depend on several factors within your premises. Fire risk assessment should be reviewed when a significant enough change has happened so that the risk of fire has also changed.

In some workplaces, such as offices, this may be years however in other places of work such as hospitality venues, this could be weeks or months.

Best practice for hospitality businesses is to review the fire risk assessment every 12 months. There are many more fire related hazards in a food and drink and business and the risk to life is higher because the business welcomes the public on a daily basis.

 

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