As of the 1st of October The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires the Responsible Person (RP) of any non-domestic premises to carry out a fire risk assessment. This includes measures to reduce or eliminate the risk of fire and identify persons at risk. Where there are 5 or more employees, a record must be kept of significant findings and a definition of a RP is contained in the order given above.

What if the Responsible person only has control over some parts of the building? Then, other persons the building is shared with should be informed of significant risk identified. The person in control has the responsibility to ensure that regulations are complied with in the parts they control. Therefore, communication and cooperation between parties to ensure coordination of fire safety provisions, fire fighting measures and evacuation procedures etc is essential in shared premises.


The principles contained in the fire safety order is to use a risk assessment approach. This approach is goal based and flexible. The Responsible Person generates the risks in the workplace, therefore, to safeguard the safety of employees, the Responsible Person must:

  • Identify the hazards and people at risk. Also, remove or reduce the risk of those hazards causing harm to as low as is reasonably practicable; and
  • Determine what fire hazards measures and management policies are necessary to ensure the safety of people in the building should a fire occur; by
    • Reducing the probability of a fire starting
    • Ensuring that all occupants are alerted and can leave the premises safely in the event of a fire
    • Limiting the effects should a fire occur

Great little video explaining Fire Risk Assessments from the FIA

Conducting a fire risk assessment should be a simple matter without significant expenditure. However, this does depend on whether the premises had been built and maintained in accordance with building regulations and is of normal risk or lower. Although, if the premises are not in accordance with the building regulations, further guidance and action will be necessary. This will depend on the complexity, size, occupancy, and consequential risk of the premises.

Eryri Consulting limited can provide you with a “competent person”, this would be the person with the necessary experience and skills to assist your Responsible Person. The “competent person” does not have to be an expert to assist the Responsible Person, but they need to have sufficient experience or training regarding the problems they are assisting with.

Note: The Responsible Person always remains responsible for the outcome. Because of this, it is worth remembering should you require help with your risk assessments.


Eryri Consulting Limited are a professional consultancy company based in North Wales. We’re here to support you and your business, no matter your size.

If you need assistance with carrying out your Fire Risk Assessment and annual reviews, please contact us.

Service Rate is different to our normal daily rate due to increased insurance costs.

Fire Risk Assessment Daily Rate: £500 + VAT.

Our Consultants have received the NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management.

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