FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT
It is a requirement of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 that a formally structured evaluation of the risk of fire is undertaken in all buildings in Great Britain, other than private residences, to determine the likelihood of fire and the associated consequences, and to take steps to mitigate the effects of fire on the building and its occupants.
Our fully trained Fire and Risk staff conduct a comprehensive fire risk assessment and produce clear, easily understandable assessment documents with a 1 page ‘significant findings’ sheet whenever an assessment is undertaken, professional advice is given to meet the legal requirements of the RRO (Fire Safety).
Our assessment of fire risk involves a physical inspection of premises and includes personal factors such as fire safety management, staff fire training, location and type of building and any work processes carried out, number and type of staff (permanent employees, agency, new staff) and internal fire actions. In addition the detailed engineering evaluation includes the building’s type and location, the use, population density and fire protection equipment tests which, based on the assessment of need, are required to be carried out are articulated as part of the initial evaluation.
Our professional will, separately and where necessary undertake surveys of a building’s structure, including false ceilings and surrounds, to further assess fire risk.
- Our professional risk assessment covers:
- Fire loss experience
- Fire hazards and protection
- Storage and handling of flammable materials
- Means of escape and routes
- Compartmentalisation and isolation
- Flammability of linings
- Emergency lighting
- Fire safety signage and notices
- Fire detection and alarm systems
- Fire extinguishing systems and equipment
- Smoke control systems
- Facilities for use by fire & rescue services
- Arrangements for management of fire safety
- Fire procedures
- Training and drills
- Testing and maintenance arrangements
- Required records and their completion
It is strongly recommended that fire risk assessments be reviewed on a regular basis, or when there is a reason that requires revalidation of all or part of the last assessment, including staff recruitment, building modifications, change of use or following any significant event such as fire or flood. Our fire risk assessment report will indicate the future period or frequency in which subsequent reviews should be considered.
Finally, we are well aware that buildings managers are busy people not fire professionals, that’s why our fire risk assessments avoid the use of jargon and are set out in a clearly understood format. Also, wherever possible, we do not just post the completed document, it is hand delivered and gone through in detail with the nominated ‘responsible person’ to ensure it is clearly understood, (where, due to remote location or time constraints it is impossible to hand deliver, we will carry this out by telephone and/or e-mail).
We also provide technical support via e-mail for 12 months from the date of the Fire Risk Assessment.
To find out more please call John Okey or Mark Slocombe on 01925 654158