A fire risk assessment involves a physical inspection of the building to determine the adequacy of the existing fire precautions and the need for any additional measures. However, of equal importance to the physical inspection is a review of fire safety management in the organisation and consideration of the human factors – how people will respond to an emergency and whether they will take appropriate action.
There are practical limits to the extent of the survey and evaluation of the fire precautions. For example, in undertaking a fire risk assessment, we would not carry out detailed engineering evaluation or testing of fire protection systems, emergency escape lighting, etc. However, we would inspect such systems visually. Where appropriate, we would identify the need for any further engineering evaluation, which we would be able to carry out if required.
Similarly, the survey of the construction of the building would extend to readily accessible areas of the building only. We would not undertake destructive exposure. While we would inspect above false ceilings, where possible, this would be on a sampling basis only. Again, if we considered that a more thorough examination of such areas was necessary, we would highlight this to you.
In the case of a fire risk assessment aimed at satisfying the requirements of legislation, the objective of the risk assessment will primarily be the safety of the occupants of the building.
While some of the recommendations we may make could also be beneficial to property protection, we would not be specifically addressing this purpose or the objective of avoiding business interruption from fire. However, we do have the expertise to address these objectives, if required.
What is Covered in the Fire Risk Assessment
Fire loss experience.
Storage and handling of flammable liquids and gases.
Means of escape.
Flammability of linings.
Emergency escape lighting.
Fire safety signs and notices.
Fire detection and fire alarm systems.
Fire extinguishing systems and appliances.
Smoke control systems.
Facilities for use by the fire and rescue service.
Arrangements for management of fire safety.
Training and drills.
Testing and maintenance.
When should I need a FRA?
From 1st October 2006 The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order 2005 requires the responsible person of any non domestic premises to carry out a fire risk assessment, including measures to reduce or eliminate the risk of fire, and identify persons at risk where there are more than 5 employees, this includes part time and sub-contractual staff, such as cleaners.
Penalties for Non Compliance:
Inspectors can call into ANY building at ANY time and request evidence for fire safety and compliance to the regulations. If you do not have this to hand on the spot you could be fined or go to prison!
• Minor penalties can carry fines up to £5,000
• Major penalties can have UNLIMITED fines and up to 2 YEARS in PRISON