A fire risk assessment is your key document that provides a brief description of the building, its use and persons who are at risk. It is the statutory requirement for the Responsible Person/Duty Holder to ensure that a current and valid fire risk assessment is in place.
The document will contain: an executive summary, management of fire safety, hazards, hazardous substances and general fire precautions. Any major concerns and priorities, together with a risk rating will be highlighted within the report.
The Regulatory Reform Order requires the actual fire risk assessment to be carried out by a “competent person”. At FireRiskAssessments.com we define a competent person as a person with a fire safety background and/or fire risk assessment qualifications. The majority of our assessors have a fire service, fire safety enforcement background with qualifications obtained at the fire service college and also have an accreditation with the Institute of Fire Engineers. Those that are not from a fire service background, have qualifications in fire risk assessing which includes NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management/Fire service college – accredited course.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the fire (Scotland) Act and the associated Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006 requires Responsible Person/Duty Holder to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable the safety of employees, a general duty in relation to non-employees to take such fire safety measure as is reasonable to take, to ensure the safety of persons lawfully on the premises and in the vicinity in respect of harm caused by fire.
The Regulations apply to all premises, except single private dwellings. “Premises” include communal areas of flats, HMOs, work places, care homes, supported living, licensed premises, factories, offices, shops, theatres etc. In short, all commercial premises and the communal areas of residential premises.
A fire risk assessment report, between 30 and 40 pages, providing comprehensive and clear findings which are easy to understand. The findings are summarised in an Executive Summary and any Major Concerns are listed separately. An action plan is provided to assist you in planning the implementation of any measures required. A level of risk is provided and the report satisfies regulatory requirements and is acceptable for insurance purposes. You will receive a fire safety policy, an emergency plan and a logbook to record the results of tests and maintenance on fire safety equipment.
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