The Fire Safety Order places the emphasis on risk reduction and fire prevention. Under the order, people responsible for commercial buildings such as the employer, owner, or any other person who has control of any part of the premises, must undertake a mandatory detailed fire risk assessment identifying the risks and hazards in the premises. The risk assessment must be recorded, and if you have a total of five or more employees, published.
The responsible person for the premises is also required to:
- Induction training (general fire awareness)
- Eliminate or reduce the risk from fire as far as is reasonably practical and provide general fire precautions to deal with any risk.
- Take additional measures to ensure fire safety where flammable or explosive materials are used or stored.
- Create a plan to deal with any emergency and where necessary record any findings.
- Maintain general fire precautions, and facilities provided for use by fire-fighters.
- Keep any findings of the risk assessment under review.
It is important to be aware that fire certificates are no longer issued and existing certificates are no longer valid. A fairly recent fire certificate however may be a good starting point for your risk assessment. It is also of paramount importance to ensure that the person who undertakes the risk assessment is properly qualified to do so.
Throughout the UK, there is currently National concern about the number of un-qualified People undertaking Fire Risk Assessment.
Many of these are un-insured, unqualified and un-accredited. There have been several cases where a Fire Authority have refused to accept useless Fire Risk Assessments presented by business, with the result that they have had to be done again – resulting in extra cost to the client. The best advice we can give on this point is that we see it as imperative that the Fire Risk Assessment is carried out by a fully insured company for both professional Indemnity and Public/Product Liability.
Our assessor (Gary Whitworth) is a former Senior Fire officer (ex Kent Fire & Rescue Service.) He is also an “Accredited Fire Risk Assessor” and a Registered “Expert Witness”. His reports are formatted on the basis of the British Standard Fire Risk assessment Report (PAS 79) and is approved by Fire Authorities. He is also a member of the Association of Fire Consultants (AFC) the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) and the Institution of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) and the Guild of Master craftsman GMC). He has been involved in the fire safety industry in the Specialist Fire Safety Company area for over 20 years and Gary has been in Fire Safety for 30 years before that – a total of 50 years. As you can see from these qualifications, as a company, we are only prepared to provide the highest possible quality service where fire safety is concerned.
Fire risk assessment contents:
As a short summary, a fire risk assessment is made up of but not limited to the following aspects: -
- Special/high or critical risks
- Fire loading and hazardous activities
- Means of escape
- Protection the means of escape
- Fire detection and warning arrangements
- Fire separation, confinement and protection
- Fire fighting equipment
- Information and training
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