As part of the most current fire legislations regarding business premises, fire risk assessments are mandatory in any non-domestic premises and areas that are accessible to the general public. Fire risk assessments ensure the safety of the premises and people inside, by evaluating measures of reducing or eliminating fire, identifying those at risk and identifying areas that need improvement or maintenance. If businesses have more than five employees, it is a legal requirement that a fire risk assessment is undertaken, with a record of the findings kept and regularly reviewed. Failure to conform to these regulations can lead to hefty penalties and in more serious cases, imprisonment.
The Responsible Person has the duty of carrying out the fire risk assessment within the premises, meaning they would need to consider: emergency escape routes and exits, a fire evacuation plan, fire detection and warning systems and fire fighting equipment to name a few. For smaller, low risk premises, with less than 5 employees, a responsible person with basic fire, health and safety knowledge would be able to carry out the fire risk assessment with guidance from the government website (https://www.gov.uk/workplace-fire-safety-your-responsibilities). However, in larger businesses with increased risk and frequent changes, it is advisable for the Responsible Person to appoint a ‘competent person’ to help, for instance a professional risk assessor.
Here at Fire FM, we understand that carrying out a fire risk assessment is a huge responsibility for the named responsible person – that’s why we believe that sometimes in more complicated premises it should be left to a professional who is trained and experienced in such assessments. Fire FM carry out almost 1000 fire risk assessments each year for a variety of medium – large sized businesses and premises with a thorough written report that can also be offered in an electronic format to ensure it is kept safely. To keep compliant with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, contact the professional team at Fire FM on 01582 668500 for a quotation today.