A fire risk assessment is a legal requirement
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To comply with the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 it is a legal requirement to conduct a fire risk assessment.
Owners, Directors and Managing Agents could face imprisonment and/or personal prosecutions as a consequence of non-compliance. You are also at risk of invalidating your insurance cover.
WHY BOOK A FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires that all employers carry out a Fire Risk Assessment of their premises. If there are more than five employees the results of the Fire Risk Assessment must be recorded in writing and kept available on the premises. Fire Certificates are no longer in force, and current legislation requires that the Fire Risk Assessment is completed by a person deemed to be competent.
“The Competent person or Fire Risk Assessor need not possess any specific academic qualifications but should:
Understand the relevant fire safety legislation;
Have appropriate education, training, knowledge and experience in the principles of fire safety;
Have an understanding of fire development and the behaviour of people in fire;
Understand the fire hazards, fire risks and relevant factors associated with the occupants at special risk within the building of the type in question, and have appropriate training and/or experience in carrying out fire risk assessments.”
The assessments are carried out by professional fire consultants. Their experience often reveals hazards that have existed for many years but which could have led to serious problems had a fire occurred.
Neglect of fire safety measures that result in injury or death can in fact lead to imprisonment for those deemed to be ultimately responsible for fire safety in the workplace.