A fire risk assessment can be defined as the process whereby a competent inspection is carried out on your premises in order to uncover fire hazards. This inspection includes not just a physical dimension but also a ‘behavioural dimension’ since during a thorough fire risk assessment your staff’s fire safety training (or lack of) and awareness will also be factored into the equation.
Fire risk assessment is a legal requirement
Under the various provisions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 a fire risk assessment is now a statutory requirement for most public buildings in the United Kingdom. This would include your staff. Private landlords who rent property to their tenants is also covered under the legislation.
If you store dangerous substances on your premises you must also assess the risk of explosion under the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulation 2002.
The 2005 Order does not stipulate any formal qualifications in order to able to carry out a fire risk assessment. However given the legal ramifications of failing to carry out a proper fire risk assessment, including the risk of criminal prosecution, it would be highly advisable for you to arrange for a certified fire safety engineer to complete the risk assessment on your behalf. All of North West Fire Solution Ltd’s engineers are registered with the Institute of Fire Engineers meaning you receive utter piece of mind when you choose us to carry out the risk assessment for you.
Fire risk assessment you can rely on
Our fire risk assessment will significantly reduce the risk of fire and the associated devastation which fire inevitably brings. Furthermore if fire does occur you will be able to demonstrate you’ve taken ‘reasonable steps’ to prevent fire under the 2005 Order.
The obligation to carry out a fire risk assessment is an ongoing one. This means employers must update their fire safety policies regularly. Whether this be prompted by moving premises, an expansion in the workforce or due to a building extension or new machinery. Whatever the reason for business change, you need to ensure your fire risk assessment is also updated to reflect the changes. This obligation to update your fire safety policies and carry out a competent fire risk assessment is enshrined in law, and a failure to comply with the 2005 Order could result in hefty fines and even prison.
A bespoke fire risk assessment
The fire risk assessment our engineer is able to carry out is done so with reference to the below factors:
- The unique characteristics of your building e.g. layout and construction
- The needs of your building’s visitors or residents e.g. elderly residents in a care home
- The use of your building
- Storage of flammable substances
- Staff training
- Overall fire safety strategy and procedures
- Fire safety technology e.g. fire extinguishers and fire alarms
A written record of your fire risk assessment must be maintained and updated regularly. If you employ over five employees at your premises you must record ‘significant findings’ in the documentation. North West Fire Solutions is required under BAFE SP 203 scheme to implement a document management system (DMS) which means these requirements will be taken care of.
A full written report will be provided
Our engineer will arrange to visit your premises in order to carry out the fire risk assessment on-site. A physical inspection of your premises will be carried out where fire hazards will be recorded in a written report. Our engineer will also review your fire safety strategy as it relates to evacuation should a fire occur and also staff fire safety training. The fire alarm and fire extinguishers will likewise be visually inspected. If further testing of equipment is deemed necessary our engineer will inform you of the same.
Below is a list of some of the businesses and organisations who have sought out our fire risk assessment services:
- Agricultural businesses
- Pubs, restaurants and nightclubs
- Retail units
- Care homes
- Schools, colleges and universities
- Police stations
Call today on 0151 665 0124 to arrange your fire risk assessment
Please call North West Fire Solutions today on 0151 665 0124. Call today for fire risk assessment if you are based in Liverpool, Wirral, Cheshire, North Wales or Lancashire.