FIRE RISK ASSESSMENTS

From 1st October 2006 The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires the Responsible Person (RP) of any non-domestic premises to carry out a fire risk assessment, including 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 Responsible Person is contained in the above Order.

Where the Responsible Person does not have control of all parts of the building and it is shared with other persons, they should be informed of significant risks identified. The person who does have control (landlord, owner, or other employer etc.) has a responsibility to make sure the regulations are complied with, in the parts they control. This may require communication and cooperation between parties to ensure coordination of fire safety provisions, fire fighting measures, evacuation procedures etc.

OBJECTIVE OF A FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT

The principles contained in the fire safety order is to use a risk assessment approach, which 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 fire hazards and people at risk and to remove or reduce the risk of those hazards causing harm to as low as is reasonably practicable; and
  • to determine what fire safety measures and management policies are necessary to ensure the safety of people in the building should 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 FPA

Providing the premises have been built and maintained in accordance with building regulations and is of normal risk or lower, this should be a simple matter without significant expenditure. However if the premises are not in accordance with the building regulations, further guidance and action will be necessary, depending on the complexity, size, occupancy and consequential risks.

Your Responsible Person can enlist the help of Eryri Consulting Limited who have the necessary experience or skills to assist them and is known as a “competent 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 with regard to the problems they are assisting with.

Note: The Responsible Person always remains responsible for the outcome. This is worth remembering, should you require help with your risk assessment.

HOW CAN ERYRI CONSULTING LIMITED HELP?

Eryri Consulting Limited are a professional consultancy company based in North Wales. Our team are dedicated to supporting you and your business, no matter your size.

We can help you and your Responsible Person in carrying out the Fire Risk Assessment and annual reviews.

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

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