A fire risk assessment is a systematic and thorough evaluation of a building, property, or space to identify potential fire hazards, assess the level of risk these hazards pose, and determine appropriate measures to mitigate or manage those risks.
The main goal of a fire risk assessment is to ensure the safety of people, property, and the environment by minimizing the likelihood of fires occurring and reducing the impact if a fire does happen.
You are responsible for fire safety in a business or other non-domestic premises if you’re:
- an owner
- the employer
- the occupier
- the landlord
- or a person controlling the premises, for example, a building manager or managing agent.
Under Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, this is known as the ‘responsible person’. If there’s more than one responsible person, you must work together to meet your responsibilities about fire safety.
As part of our fire safety services, our fire risk assessor will conduct a fire survey of your premises, considering all relevant aspects of a fire risk assessment to ensure your property complies with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
The assessment typically involves several key steps:
- Identification of Fire Hazards: This step involves identifying potential sources of ignition (e.g., electrical equipment, heating systems), flammable materials (e.g., chemicals, fuels), and any factors that might promote the spread of fire (e.g., inadequate fire separation, poor ventilation).
- Evaluation of Fire Risk: After identifying hazards, their potential consequences and the likelihood of fires starting are assessed. This involves considering factors such as the hazard’s nature, exposure frequency, and potential harm to people and property.
- People at Risk: Determining who might be affected by a fire is crucial. This includes building occupants, employees, visitors, and any vulnerable individuals who might need special consideration or assistance in case of a fire.
- Existing Fire Safety Measures: The assessment evaluates the effectiveness of current fire safety measures, such as fire alarms, fire suppression systems, emergency exits, evacuation plans, and firefighting equipment.
- Risk Mitigation Measures: Based on the assessment, recommendations are made to reduce the identified fire risks. This might involve upgrading or adding fire safety equipment, improving fire-resistant materials, implementing safer storage practices, and enhancing emergency response plans.
- Emergency Procedures and Training: A fire risk assessment should include plans for responding if a fire occurs. This has clear evacuation procedures, designated assembly points, and training for building occupants on how to react during a fire emergency.
- Review and Update: Fire risk assessments are not one-time tasks. They should be reviewed periodically, especially if there are changes to the building’s use, layout, or occupancy. Regular updates help ensure that the assessment remains relevant and practical.
Our onsite survey will provide you with a full written fire risk assessment report, providing information and any recommendations for any issues found. It will also highlight whether any further fire safety training is required for employees or occupants. Please get in touch with us if you need any additional fire-related services.