The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 covers general fire precautions and other fire safety duties which are needed to protect people in case for fire. It sets out what measures need to be taken, including carrying out a fire risk assessment for certain types of premises.
What is a Fire Risk Assessment?
A methodical process which looks at the premises, the activities carried out there and the likelihood of a fire starting and causing harm.
The aim of the assessment is to:
- identify the fire hazards
- reduce the risks of those hazards causing to harm to people
- decide what physical fire precautions and management arrangements are necessary to ensure safety of people in the premises if fire starts.
When do you need a Fire Risk Assessment?
If you are responsible for a business or other non-domestic premises then you must carry out and maintain a fire risk assessment. The responsible person for ensuring a fire risk assessment is carried out can be the employer, owner, landlord, occupier or anyone with control of the premises. Where there is more than one responsible person, they must work together to meet their responsibilities.
Carrying out your assessment
I can carry out your fire risk assessment for your premises. This will include:
- a visit to your premises to identify the fire hazards and any existing fire controls and management arrangements you already have in place
- evaluate the risks by assessing the likelihood of a fire starting and who may be harmed
- a report detailing the findings of the risk assessment
- where improvements have been identified, an action plan with actions prioritized and suggested timescales.
Your risk assessment will need to be reviewed periodically (I suggest every 12 months) or if the premises use or layout significantly change.