The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 stipulates that all commercial premises must have a Fire Risk Assessment carried out by a competent and suitably qualified person. If your business has 5 or more employees then the findings must be officially set down in writing and available should the Fire Service carry out an Inspection. Landlords of HMO’s also require a Fire Risk Assessment.
The Fire Risk Assessment (or FRA as it is often referred to) will identify all potential fire hazards in the building covered by the assessment and is required to comply with the current fire regulations.
It is the duty of the “Responsible Person” to ensure that the Fire Risk Assessment has been carried out and reviewed either at 12 month intervals or following any changes to building use, layout or an increase of occupants etc
Fire Risk Assessments can be complex and the consequences of a poor Fire Risk Assessment can be catrostrophic. Unless your business premises are exceptionally small and low risk we would strongly recommend you use a fully qualified fire risk assessor to ensure all risks are identified.
If you would like to arrange for a Fire Risk Assessment to be carried out or require advice, please contact us to discuss
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A Fire Risk Assessment will cover all potential fire hazards from the servicing of Portable Appliance Testing, Fire Detection and Evacuation and even the storage of chemicals which may be present in your workplace.
It is the duty of your local fire authority to enforce within their area and inspections are carried out to ensure businesses are legally compliant. Failure to produce a Fire Risk Assessment, which places any person at serious risk, is a criminal offence and carry penalties from unlimited fines to business closure.
Your insurance may also be void if a valid Risk Assessment can not be provided when requested.