Fire Risk Assessment
In England and Wales, if you’re an employer, owner, landlord or occupier of a business or other non-domestic premises, you are responsible for fire safety and are considered to be the ‘responsible person’.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 details what you must do to comply with the law.
As the ‘responsible person’ you have a legal responsibility to have a fire risk assessment in place and this assessment needs to be completed by someone with sufficient knowledge and experience.
A fire risk assessment, aimed at satisfying the legal requirements, involves a physical inspection of your building to determine the suitability of the existing fire precautions and the need for any additional control measures required - with the primary objective to ensure the safety of the occupants.
However, of equal importance to the physical inspection, is a review of fire safety management in the organisation and consideration of the human factors – how people will respond to an emergency and whether they will take the proper action.
It is also essential that you keep your assessment under review and revise it when there is any material change to your circumstances.
All our fire risk assessors have at least five years’ commercial experience conducting fire risk assessments, bringing their previous experience to bear, whilst always considering the “reasonableness” of fire safety solutions. They stand scrutiny from fire authority auditors and, where necessary, will engage directly with them on your behalf.
If your business employs five or more people, or has a license, you must keep a formal record of any significant findings and remedial measures which have, or may need to be, taken.
Our Fire Risk assessment documents provide the following:
- An introduction - including legislative background and commentary
- Fire risk rating
- Occupancy factors
- Ignition sources and fuels
- Existing control measures and their effectiveness
- Significant findings – where your premises may not meet current guidance but you have a suitable alternative in place
- A prioritised action plan helping you to achieve fire safety compliance.
The cost of the fire risk assessment will depend on how many staff are employed, your work activity and the footprint involved.
- Small village hall £150
- Primary school from £245
- Secondary school from £595
- Care homes from £245 to £395
- Shops & offices from £245
- Factories from £295
Failure to manage your fire risks can lead to fire authorities serving a notice on you and enforcing the regulations. This can also lead to fines, prosecutions and imprisonment if not acted upon.