A fire risk assessment is a legal requirement of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and is the starting point for developing an effective fire safety strategy to protect your business, employees and site.
What is a Fire Risk Assessment?
A fire risk assessment looks at a building with the intention of making it a safer place. It sets out steps to take to ensure the risk of fire is reduced, and the occupants of a building are offered more protection. A fire risk assessment looks at your business premises, the activities that occur in those premises, and the likelihood that a fire could start.
A fire risk assessment predominantly:
Identifies separate fire hazards
Identifies the people at risk of those fire hazards
Looks at the severity of the fire risk to those people
Sets out whether current fire safety measures are adequate, and if not states actions that are recommended or imperative to ensure fire risk is minimised
Who Needs a Fire Risk Assessment?
Virtually all non-domestic premises require a fire risk assessment. If you employ more than 5 people, then you need a recent, up-to-date fire risk assessment. As well as the ‘five people’ rule, the law requires the following building types to have one:
Blocks of flats
Factories and warehouses
Hotels and guest houses
Houses of multiple occupation
Places of assembly, such as pubs and churches
Residential care and nursing homes
Schools, colleges and universities
Theatres, cinemas and similar premises
How Much is a Fire Risk Assessment?
The cost of a fire risk assessment varies depending on the type and size of the building, the type of business run from the site and the operations being carried out in the building. Fire risk assessment costs can vary dramatically, but it’s worth ensuring that whoever you contract to conduct your assessment is affiliated with an external body such as the Institute of Fire Engineers.
To be included on the IFE’s Fire Risk Assessors’ Register a risk assessor must demonstrate high levels of competency in fire safety and fire risk assessment.
Why choose Triple Star Fire & Security?
Triple Star Fire & Security has been providing fire risk assessment for businesses in London and the Home Counties for many years. Our fully qualified fire risk assessors are IFE certified, so you can be sure of receiving a fire risk assessment that is fit for purpose and covers all fire risks present. Contact us today on 0203 189 1960 for a no obligation quotation. Or leave your details and we’ll get back to you.