Do You Have Any questions about Fire Risk Assessments?

Here at vigilancefiresafety.com, we help you understand what is required to be legally compliant and how best to ensure your premises is safe.

In short, anyone who is responsible for a building, no matter the size of your business. For example an employer, owner or occupier of a premises that isn’t a single private dwelling (a private home). See our ‘who needs a fire risk assessment?’ page for further details.

A fire risk assessment is a detailed and systematic inspection of a premises, what it is used for and who might use it, from a fire prevention perspective. The assessment looks at the potential risks and makes recommendations for improving fire safety precautions to keep people accessing the premises safe.

It is a legal requirement to carry out a fire risk assessment according to The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (as amended). To reduce the risk of a fire occurring and to reduce the damage a fire may cause. Having a fire risk assessment will reduce the risk of fire on your premises and help reduce the chance of any potential fire affecting an adjacent building. It will also lessen the risk of injury or death to your employees / residents / members of the public in the event of a fire.

The law requires you to carry out a fire risk assessment and after the assessment, implement the specific fire safety measures highlighted to minimise the risk to life.

The findings following the assessment will be detailed and summarised in an executive summary and any major concerns that needs immediate addressing. An action plan is provided to support you in planning the implementation of any measures required.

A risk score will be provided. The report will satisfy regulatory requirements and is
acceptable for insurance purposes & re-mortgage applications.

Not yet. The assessment is the first step, is one of the fire safety duties that are required to
be complied with. However, if a comprehensive assessment is undertaken it will provide a
good starting point to your reaching compliancy.

No, but it is your responsibility to keep your assessment under review and continually comply with the rest of the regulations. However, if there are any changes made internally within the premises then it becomes a legal requirement to renew your fire risk assessment. We send out an annual reminder to all of our clients as a prompt to consider whether an updated fire risk assessment is appropriate.

There are likely to be a number of measures possible in each premises, but our inspectors will be able to determine which will be the most appropriate and cost effective for you.

The risk assessment process will reduce the risk of a fire occurring and the damage it could cause, as well as making your workplace a safer place by complying with the Regulations.

Most likely. They are the enforcing authorities for the Regulations and are required to develop risk-based inspection regimes within their areas. However, they will give you notice and if required, we can liaise with them on your behalf

In cases where a risk exists and it is not being managed, Fire Authorities have a statutory
duty to enforce compliance with the Regulations and they may serve a notice on you.
In serious cases, have resulted in:

  • Penalties of a fine of up to £5000 (for each offence) have been given.
  • Up to two years imprisonment, on conviction or indictment in a Crown Court
  • Fines up to £400,000 and prison sentences have been issued.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into effect and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law.

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