Fire Risk Assessments
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
The current regime of fire safety legislation came into force in October 2006 and affects those who are considered responsible for non-domestic, industrial, commercial and residential premises.
The Regulatory Reform Order consolidated a number of pieces of fire safety legislation and provides for a risk-based approach to fire safety, allowing more effective enforcement by the fire service and other statutory bodies.
Central to this legislation is the need for a ‘responsible person’ for each property who must ensure a fire risk assessment is carried out by a competent person. This risk assessment needs to be subject to regular review.
Completing a fire risk assessment is therefore the first step to making your premises safer from fire and is a requirement by law.
The aim of a fire risk assessment is to have a robust and methodical look at your premises, the activities carried out in those premises and the likelihood that a fire could start and cause harm to those in and around the premises.
The report we produce will be a pictorial and written precis of any significant findings and will make mention of any remedial measures which may need to be taken in order that the premises can be considered safe.
Fire Risk Assessments are mandatory for property owners who have residential premises with communal hallways. In addition fire risk assessments are required for all commercial premises. In addition to the increasing legislation surrounding fire safety is the common law duty of care which requires property owners to ensure that certain fire prevention measures are in place and operational.
As members of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers we are experienced in appraising property for fire safety.
We can provide a review of drawings to assess their compliance with fire safety or alternatively we can physically inspect existing premises and provide a report on fire safety.
Most commonly we are engaged to provide Fire Risk Assessments for the communal area of flats to assist landlords and letting agents in complying with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.
The inspection involves assessing the risks which exist and how to effectively manage these. Amongst other things we examine the type of occupier, escape routes, method of construction and whether these require improvement or alteration to reduce risk. We also look at any existing fire prevention measures or installations and make a judgement in terms of whether these are satisfactory.
As well as the initial fire risk assessment survey we can also provide reinspections and annual reviews.Back