“If you’re responsible for a building, it’s important to do all you can to reduce the risk of fire to keep people safe.
It saves lives, it’s your legal duty, and it makes good business sense.”
LFB: London Fire Brigade
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 furnishes general fire safety legislation and places responsibility for fire safety on the person responsible for a premise.
You are considered by this legislation as the ‘responsible person’ for fire safety in business and other non-domestic premises (which extends to a property with paying guests, for example) if you are:
- an employer
- the owner
- the landlord
- an occupier
- anyone else with control of the premises, for example a facilities manager, building manager, managing agent or risk assessor
If there is more than one responsible person, such as in shared premises, you are obliged to work together and co-ordinate fire safety plans to meet your responsibilities.
As the responsible person you must carry out and regularly review a fire risk assessment of the premises. This will identify what you need to do to prevent fire and keep people safe and evidences that this obligation has been discharged.
It is mandatory to retain a written record of the assessment if your business has 5 or more people (including part time staff)
Failure to complete the FRA or failure to implement the findings would put your employees, visitors and neighbours at risk , and secondly, leave the responsible person/s exposed to the risk of prosecution in the event of a fire.
In the majority of premises, local fire and rescue authorities are responsible for enforcing this fire safety legislation: Health & Safety Executive has enforcement responsibility on construction sites and other technical premises.
As the responsible person you must carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises and review it regularly and, in addition:
- put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures
- plan for an emergency
- provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training
- tell staff or their representatives about the risks you’ve identified
If you don’t have the expertise or time to do the fire risk assessment yourself you need to appoint a ‘competent person’ to help, for example a professional risk assessor.
SECLEC are able to help you and assess your premises to keep your employees safe.
Our risk assessor will attend your premises to carry out a comprehensive survey of your premises and the surrounding area, having regard to the building, fabric, construction, layout and contents.
The fire risk assessment will cover a number of areas including:
- Identify potential fire hazards, including arson risks
- Identify preventative measures already in place
- Inspection of the fabric of the building to ensure compartmentalisation
- inspection of Fire Doors, and the frames
- Review the means of escape, in terms of the premises and anybody who may be working or visiting the premises
- Review evacuation plans and management of Fire Safety
- Review the current Fire Detection and Emergency Lighting provision
- Review fire-fighting measure currently provided
- Review emergency signage
- Produce a detailed written report covering all of the above points, with recommendations and timescales, where identified, to bring the building up to required standard.
Once the fire risk assessment is completed, our assessor produces a written report, covering all of the above points and providing a clear understanding of the fire safety measures already undertaken and more importantly those which need to be improved or added.
These requirements will be detailed in clear understandable terms, with individual timescales for each to be implemented, and a date for the future review of the premises and the work carried out.
The report is available in electronic and paper formats.