A fire risk assessment is a process involving the systematic evaluation of the factors that determine the hazard from fire, the likelihood that there will be a fire and the consequences if one were to occur. There are both qualitative and quantitative methods of risk assessment that can be used.
RBA have membership of the Institute of Fire Engineers and our qualified Fire Engineer oversees all applications that are required under the Regulative Reform Order ( FIRE ) 2005.
We provide the client with working documents that provide clear and precise information to cover the “Five Step” process.
- Identify the fire hazards.
- Identify people at risk.
- Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks.
- Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training.
- Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly.
You must keep an up to date written record of your fire risk assessment if your business has 5 or more people.
Enforcement, appeals and penalties.
Your local fire and rescue authority visits premises to check the fire risk assessment and fire prevention measures are appropriate. Fire safety officers should help you understand the rules and comply with them.
They can also take action if they think your fire safety measures aren’t adequate. For example, they might issue an informal notice suggesting safety measures.
They could also give you a formal fire safety notice. They’ll tell you how to fix the problems described in the notice.
Minor offences carry a maximum fine of £5000. Major offences have an unlimited fine and or 2years in jail.
Areas that we consider:
- emergency routes and exits
- fire detection and warning systems
- firefighting equipment
- the removal or safe storage of dangerous substances
- an emergency fire evacuation plan
- the needs of vulnerable people, for example the elderly, young children or those with disabilities
- providing information to employees and other people on the premises
- staff fire safety training
On delivery of the assessment, we provide a working document with the capacity for continual updating, and links to information resources to answer questions, give advice and guidance, as well as contact with our offices for ongoing consultation.