Fire Risk Assessment
A full Fire Risk Assessment is a legal responsibility for all non-domestic premises – and you’re also required by law to keep a full written record of your assessment if your business employs 5 or more people. At JLA we can carry out a full check, along with ongoing fire risk assessment guidance, to help you meet government legislation. As your trusted partner we will:
- Identify fire hazards (such as any source of ignition, dangerous substances etc.)
- Identify who might be at risk and outline a fire action plan
- Evaluate, then remove or reduce those risks with comprehensive fire safety measures
- Record findings and document an emergency fire risk management plan (such as your escape route and fire alarm process)
- Supply, install, maintain and fix all required fire safety equipment (including fire extinguishers and signage)
(A legal requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
The Responsible Person (also known as your Competent Person) in your business must carry out and regularly review a fire safety risk assessment of the premises. In writing a fire risk assessment, they will identify what you need to do to prevent fire and keep people safe.Source: Government Guidelines – Fire Safety In The Workplace
Why Do I Need A Fire Risk Assessment?
A fire safety risk assessment identifies potential hazards and risks within your business, which allows issues to be addressed and prevents incidents occurring.
A risk assessment should be carried out on an annual basis, but it should also be reviewed regularly, especially if any changes take place, such as an increase in people, building work and changes to floor plans.
JLA’s expert fire safety risk assessment experts have the relevant industry accreditations and latest industry knowledge. They will provide the correct advice as well as highlighting any improvements areas - which will all be contained in a comprehensive fire risk assessment report which you can keep for your records as required by law.
Is it a LEGAL requirement to have a fire risk assessment?
Yes. fire risk assessment legislation in the Government Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 outlines, your Responsible Person must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if one breaks out.
A Responsible Person could be:
- The employer if the premises is a workplace
- The managing agent or owner for shared parts of premises or shared fire safety equipment such as fire-warning systems or sprinklers
- The occupier, such as self-employed people or voluntary organisations if they have any control
- Any other person who has some control over a part of the premises
We recommend that a risk assessment should be carried out on an annual basis to gauge the risk of fire on your premises. It should also be reviewed regularly as part of a continuous risk assessment process, especially if any changes take place such as an increase in people who work and visit your site, or if building work is carried out and changes to floor plans are made.
JLA’s expert fire risk assessors have the relevant industry accreditations and latest industry knowledge. They will provide professional advice and highlight any areas for improvement. They will then assist in producing a comprehensive fire risk assessment report which you can keep for your records (as required by law).
What does a fire risk assessment cover?
To give you a full picture of risks and improvements that need to be made, your assessment must cover the following:
- Premises Description & Use
- Persons at risk
- History of Arson/Fire
- Fire Hazards and Preventative Measures
- Sources of Ignition, Fuel & Oxygen
- Means of Escape
- Compartmentation and Fire Separation
- Fire Detection & Warning System
- Emergency Lighting
- Portable & Fixed Firefighting Equipment
- Facilities for Fire & Rescue Services
- Emergency Plan
- Fire Safety Information & Training
- Testing & Maintenance
- Management & Record Keeping
- Action Plan
The areas above need to be assessed in detail in order to give your Responsible Person the information and prioritised recommendations they need to document a plan in line with legislation. JLA can carry out a comprehensive, objective fire audit to help you gauge your current situation and fire prevention measures to form a full and proper report with comprehensive fire risk assessment guidance.
A fire risk assessment does not act as a certificate of compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. It forms the basis for your Responsible Person to maintain suitable and sufficient fire precautions in the workplace. The responsibility for compliance with the above regulations remains with the employer or other responsible persons.
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