What is a Fire Risk Assessment?

Fires can have a devastating impact due to the risk it poses to peoples’ lives and the effect it can have on an organisation, from a loss of business income and property damage, to increased insurance premiums. If you own, manage, or operate a business, you will need to comply with fire safety laws and conduct fire risk assessments to protect both people and buildings’ in the event of a fire.

Do I need one?

As the responsible person for managing your property, you have a legal and moral responsibility to manage the risk of fire; carrying out a fire risk assessment is the critical first step in proactively managing this risk and ensures the safety of building users and the safeguarding of your assets.

How does it work?

Your appointed Fire Safety Officer, will carry out a visual inspection of your property and conduct a comprehensive examination of your fire safety arrangements, all in accordance with national guidance laid down in PAS 79 – Fire Risk Assessment Guidance & Recommended Methodology.

When carrying out the assessment, we will take a pragmatic approach to the issues identified. We will suggest suitable and sufficient recommendations that are both appropriate to the risk but also cost effective to you.

There will be instances where we may suggest the removal of certain active or passive fire safety measures, if we judge there is an over provision. This could help you achieve cost savings and reduced maintenance costs.

Following the inspection your detailed fire risk assessment report will be produced. This will include a full action plan listing any issues identified and suitable solutions for your management team. If CAD plans are requested, they will be annotated by our dedicated CAD team clearly highlighting the location of significant issues, fire safet assets and elements relating to fire resisting structures.

The Report ensures compliance with the functional requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and other relevant national guidance and allows you to meet your obligation as the responsible person. Should you wish to address aspects of property protection and business continuity this can also be included within your fire risk assessment and will be agreed during the scoping stage of the assessment.