CEO, Assured Fire & Security

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I have grown Assured from a start up company to a nationwide and international business, my business knowledge has come mostly from hands on experience in running a fast paced and dynamic SME, building a team of highly motivated and ambitious people has always been a high priority in order to serve my highest priority which is to provide great customer service for our clients. At Assured we are proud of our people and how we interact with our clients and suppliers, our USP is our people and how they treat our customers, nothing is hidden and you can always be Assured of a quick and honest approach to your requirement.
January 21, 2016

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Fire Risk Assessment guide: What is it and how do you get one?

Who needs a Fire Risk Assessment?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order imposes a legal requirement to undertake a Fire Risk Assessment. This applies to:

  • all businesses who have 5 or more employees (including part-time)
  • business premises visited by the public
  • landlords with control over business premises
  • landlords of HMO properties
  • self-employed with business premises

What does a Fire Risk Assessment entail?

A Fire Risk Assessment should cover your entire business premises to evaluate:

  • the condition of the building and its age
  • the layout of the building
  • the contents of the building to identify potential fire hazards, sources of ignition and combustible materials
  • the escape routes in the event of a fire

The assessment should also take into consideration who works in the building and in which locations, current fire safety signage in the building, existing protocols for fire prevention and management, and fire safety equipment onsite including its condition and maintenance. Existing fire safety training and drills should also be evaluated.

After an assessment has taken place, a Fire Risk Assessment Report can be produced. This report will detail any areas that are not compliant with legislation and need urgent attention, along with recommendations for improvements in fire safety provision. It will also ensure you meet regulatory requirements and satisfy insurance needs.

Who can do a Fire Risk Assessment?

A Fire Risk Assessment can be conducted by anyone who is competent to do so. However, as it is a document to ensure your compliance with legislation, if you don’t have an in-house health and safety person we highly recommend employing a BAFE registered company to undertake the assessment for you. A BAFE registered assessor will ensure your Fire Risk Assessment covers all aspects of fire safety and also adheres to legal requirements.

How long does a Fire Risk Assessment last for?

A Fire Risk Assessment doesn’t have an expiry date. However, it is your responsibility to review the report regularly and keep it up to date. You will need a new Fire Risk Assessment in the following circumstances:

  • if there have been material alterations to the building
  • if there are any significant changes to the use, contents or layout of the building since the last Fire Risk Assessment was carried out
  • if there’s a significant change in fire risk precautions

 

 

 

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richard woodward
January 22, 2016 3:49 pm

Thanks – A good explanation of the “whys and wherefores” around fire risk assessments.  It is also worth pointing out that the assessment is to quantify the risk to life to relevant persons in or around buildings or other places.  I would also point out that with regard to “who can carry an assessment out” that the duty to do the fire risk assessment lies with the Responsible Person only and nobody else.  It does not state in the FSO anywhere that a competent person should carry one out which is somewhat strange.  The best course of action is always to procure a third party accredited life safety… Read more »

Ian Malone
Ian Malone
September 28, 2017 9:15 pm

How do the questions get asked , when 3rd party assessors who don’t know a building or the habits of its inhabitants , lie detectors could not beat the truth from some. Facts are never simple , buildings are more complex than any drawing can show , people are more ???? than can be written . A judgement can only be made on what can be seen using experience from previous events, but. a responsible person is an individual who is not all seeing and knowing, just a person hi lighted by the Fire Service and the insurance world to… Read more »

Millie Hue
Millie Hue
August 15, 2018 3:26 am

I like that you mentioned that having the property assessed will assure you that it is complying with the regulations and safety insurance needs. With that in mind, I will be having our property assessed as soon as possible so that there will be no issues in the future. We just bought a commercial establishment to open up a coffee shop soon. This has helped me understand the importance of this procedure. Thanks! http://www.whitegloveinspections.com/

trevor dunbar
trevor dunbar
November 7, 2018 7:44 am

Is the first part about Who not a bit misleading?

John Smith
John Smith
November 7, 2018 4:03 pm

Is this advertising BAFE?
I would recommend a risk assessor on the Institution of Fire Engineers list.

Ian Robertson
Ian Robertson
November 8, 2018 9:46 am

Big concern is for the RP who has an internal fire safety manager is determining if he is competent, being sent on a paid for in house training course where almost 100% pass does not ensure competence. Being a registered fire risk assessor with a body you are a member of is not 3rd Party Accreditation, as you are an existing member hence it will not be an approved UKAS scheme. It must be an independent body such as BAFE or Warrington Certification. BAFE only provide a company scheme the individual is not certified only Warrington Certification provide individuals UKAS… Read more »

Celine Hobson-Garcia
Celine Hobson-Garcia
January 30, 2019 8:09 pm
Reply to  Ian Robertson

RIchard, I think you are correct. Here in the Caribbean we did IOSH managing Safely for some fire departments and the older chaps retired and the younger ones need training in Risk Assessment because as Ian said its competence. I think that Fire need more effort and training to keep them on the Ball. You will be surprise how many industries dont have a Fire Policy, they refer to the HSE Policy in the Caribbean.

Nice work. Thanks