The introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 changed the approach to fire regulation, removing the requirement for businesses to have fire certificates. Instead the law places an emphasis on preventing fires and reducing risk. This means that a responsible person must be appointed to take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can escape safely in an emergency situation.
A Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) is the starting point for all fire precautions activity. Your FRA should be reviewed and updated continuously to keep a 'live' document. In particular, it should be updated following any change in premises, processes, the number of people employed, or if you have had a near miss or a real fire. It is good practice to review it at intervals not exceeding 12 months, and more regularly if usage or structural changes are made. When taking on a new building we would review the current FRA and complete our own if needed.
In order to meet a company's legal obligations, a fire risk assessment should:
- be site specific
- portray an accurate and honest account of the fire safety arrangements in place at their premises
- be reviewed regularly (annually).
A fire risk assessment must evaluate:
- the type and number of people at risk
- potential sources of ignition, oxygen and fuel
- precautions taken to prevent or restrict the spread of fire - fire doors, sprinkler systems
- the fire detection in place to alert occupants safe egress - fire escape routes should be clearly identified, kept clear from obstruction and covered by emergency lighting
- the information and training provided to staff and visitors relating to fire procedures
- identify and record significant findings or persons at risk
- nominate persons responsible to implement the emergency plan.
Bridge Fire has FIA trained assessors who can provide you with a comprehensive Fire Risk Assessment based on all the above criteria together with a written report highlighting significant findings and recommendations. Typically our assessors will do a return visit with you to talk through and findings and recommendations as required by the FRA.
As part of our Gold service all your future assessments are covered and will we complete an initial full FRA to ensure compliance and safety.