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Since October 2006, Fire Risk Assessments have been a legal requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and we have offered assessments in Hounslow ever since.  Safe I.S. is here to guide you through this process to ensure you can comply with this legislation in a timely and efficient manner utilising our team of experienced and qualified assessors.

Our expert assessors create reports written to PAS79 (the Publicly Available Specification for Fire Risk Assessments) to ensure the report is both detailed but simple to follow. 

What is a Fire Risk Assessment?

In a way "It does what it says on the tin" It is an assessment of the Fire Risk within a specific building/premises. This assessment is designed to provide the Responsible Person with a clear and concise overview of any potential fire risk and advise them of the steps they can take to reduce it. 

For example, there may be an electrical risk of fire in a certain area, therefore an assessor would highlight this and may recommend the installation of a suitable firefighting appliance like a CO2 fire extinguisher which is safe for use on live electrical equipment and provides a means to tackle the fire risk in this area in its early stages.

A similar example is an MOT on a car. A specialist completes the MOT and advises you of any issues found which you should act upon to improve the safety of the vehicle. A Fire Risk Assessment can be described as a similar process. Our qualified assessors will assess the property and in their report will advise you of any action you should take to reduce the risk of fire. 

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Free No Obligation Quotations

We can provide you with a quotation, without the need for a site visit, in only a few minutes. All we need to know is a few details plus the size and use of the building. For Example: 2 Floors, Approx 8000 Sq Ft Office.

Set Appointment Times

Our office-based team will provide you with a specific date and time for the appointment scheduling our local Hounslow assessor for the works. No waiting around all day for the assessor to arrive between 9 and 5.

Experienced & Qualified Assessors

Our assessors range from ex-servicing Fire Brigade Officers to experienced Fire Safety consultants. Each assessor is highly skilled and experienced able to offer a professional yet friendly approach to the assessments, ensuring you understand the information being provided.

After Assessment Support

Following the report, you can contact one of our team should you have any queries or require additional support or information on the recommendations made. We have an office-based team who will guide you through the report and can assist you in complying any detailed legislative requirements.

What are the benefits of a Fire Risk Assessment?

Prevention is always better than cure and this is the remit and aim of a Fire Risk Assessment. Our team of assessors are meticulous and will often spot items that can go unnoticed on a daily basis but could increase the risk of fire. 

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service conducted a survey and found after a disaster such as fire:

  • 25% of Businesses never reopen.
  • 80% of companies who don't recover in a month are likely to go out of business.
  • 75% of businesses without business continuity plans fail within 3 years.

Source: Cheshire Fire and Rescue: https://www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/business-safety/business-continuity

They also found further issues such as loss of custom, regulatory penalties, staffing concerns and increased insurance premiums.

These statistics alone, show the importance and benefits of arranging and following the guidance of a Fire Risk Assessment. 

Fire Risk Assessment Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's):

Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) section is designed to help you with your Fire Risk Assessment queries, however, please feel free to contact us if you would like more detailed information or your question is not listed.

This is defined under Article 2 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order as follows:

includes any place and, in particular, includes—

(a) any workplace;

(b) any vehicle, vessel, aircraft or hovercraft;

(c) any installation on land (including the foreshore and other land intermittently covered by water), and any other installation (whether floating, or resting on the seabed or the subsoil thereof, or resting on other land covered with water or the subsoil thereof); and

(d) any tent or movable structure;

Fire Risk Assessments allow you to understand the potential fire risk in property and therefore act accordingly to reduce that risk.

Fires can be devastating to any business or property and the reports are designed to offer step by step guidance enabling you to help prevent the potential risk.

The Fire Risk Assessor will introduce themself and will ask to meet the Responsible Person for the premises. The Responsible Person should be familiar with the access, layout and operation of the premises in normal day to day running. The Assessor will then talk through the relevant aspects of their visit and the available information sources open to the Responsible Person. These sources will include documentation, emergency procedures and safety records, along with insurance and special requirements for the safe running of the premises. 

The object of the assessment is to produce a consultative report which can be used going forward to assess Fire Risk in a concise format.

The Assessor will conclude the visit with a discussion about any non-compliances or improvements that could be made, including answering any questions the Responsible Person may have about the visit.

After the visit, the report will be compiled and issued to you in an electronic format.

This really depends on the size and type of property, it can range from an hour even up to a week in some large buildings (Such as college campuses).

The time it takes to complete your specific assessment will be discussed during the quotation and booking stage.

A Fire Risk Assessment can take place whilst the property is in full occupation and causes little disruption. Ideally, the property will be in use during the assessment allowing the Assessor to understand how the building is utilised on a normal day.

Disruption is minimal however the Assessor will require access to all relevant areas of the building and will need to spend some time with the Responsible Person reviewing documentation and discussing the property.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states assessments should be reviewed as follows:

Risk assessment (Article 9)

(3) Any such assessment must be reviewed by the Responsible Person regularly so as to keep it up to date and particularly if—

  • (a) there is reason to suspect that it is no longer valid; or
  • (b) there has been a significant change in the matters to which it relates including when the premises, special, technical and organisational measures, or organisation of the work undergo significant changes, extensions, or conversions,"

The key word in this article is "regularly" as there is no exact definition as to when the assessment should be reviewed (excluding suspecting it is no longer valid or there has been a change to the building).

It is widely accepted and actually recommended by the Chief Fire Officers that reports should be reviewed annually to meet the "regularly" section of the legislation.

As part of the report, our assessor will make the recommendation for when the report should be reviewed. This could be a shorter or longer period of time dependent on the risk found in the property. For example, if the property is found to be high risk and intolerable the recommendation for review could be less than a year.

To make it easier for the Responsible Person, shortly before your recommended review date is due one of our team will be in contact to offer you our services for the review. 

The enforcing authority has the power to inspect premises to check for safety & compliance with the legislation. They will ask to see a copy of the current Fire Risk Assessment and confirm all Fire Safety Legislation has been complied to.

Failure to comply would be a breach of the law and enforcing authorities have the power to:

  • Inspect buildings
  • Enforce the Responsible Person to arrange a Fire Risk Assessment if one is not already in place
  • Serve Enforcement Notice which will require the Responsible Person to take steps to remedy the non-compliances within a set time frame.
  • Serve a Prohibition Notice which could be the partial or entire closure of a property.
  • Prosecute 

As defined in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 Article 3:

In this order "Responsible Person" means:

  • A: In relation to a workplace, the employer, if the workplace is to any extent under their control;
  • B: in relation to any premises not falling within paragraph (a)
    • (i) the person who has control of the premises (as occupier or otherwise) in connection with the carrying on by him of a trade, business or other undertaking (for profit or not); or
    • (ii) the owner, where the person in control of the premises does not have control in connection with the carrying on by that person of a trade, business or other undertaking.

Under the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, If more than five persons are employed or there are members of public on-site at any time your Fire Risk Assessment must be in a "written format".

We only provide assessments in a written format (electronically) and this is included as standard in all provided quotations. 

The local Fire and Rescue authority enforce the order in most premises. The exceptions are:

  • Crown-occupied/owner properties
    • Crown Fire inspectors enforce in these properties.
  • Premises with armed forces establishments
    • Defence Fire and Rescue service enforce in these properties.
  • Certain specialist premises including construction sites, nuclear installations and ships
    • HSE Enforces in these properties

Our reports are written to a standard called PAS-79. This methodology is intended to provide a structured approach to a fire risk assessment.

Our reports are structured in a defined order, where the findings are listed (with photo evidence where necessary) and at the end of the report an action plan details the necessary steps you need to take to comply with the relevant legislation and standards.

The reports are issued electronically following the visits. hard copies are available, on request, for an additional fee to cover printing and postage costs. 

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order was introduced in October 2006 and repealed all previous fire safety legislation including the Fire Precautions Act 1971.  Fire Certificates, which were formally issued under the Fire Precautions Act 1971, no longer have legal status and fire risk assessments must now be carried out for virtually all non-domestic premises.

The Order applies to England and Wales.

It covers general fire precautions and other fire safety duties, which are needed to protect ‘relevant persons’ in case of fire in and around most ‘premises’. The Order requires fire precautions to be put in place ‘where necessary’ and to the extent that it is reasonable and practicable in the circumstances of the case. 

Responsibility for complying with the Fire Safety Order rests with the ‘Responsible Person’.  The Responsible Person cannot devolve their personal responsibilities to a consultant or employee.

The fully legislative document can be found by Clicking Here.

One of our highly qualified Fire Risk Assessors will attend the property to carry out a comprehensive assessment in accordance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Following a discussion with the Responsible Person, a review of all related paperwork and walk of the property the Assessor will then compile his report. The report will be provided in an electronic format and will list the findings with photo evidence, the fire risk and finish with an Action Plan advising you the steps you should take to comply with fire safety legislation. 

Broadly speaking a Fire Risk Assessment is conducted utilising 5 key steps:

  1. Identify the Fire Hazards
  2. Identify the People at Risk.
    • The above is the aim of the initial assessment.
  3. Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks.
  4. Record findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training
  5. Review and update the Fire Risk Assessment regularly.

The process of completing the report (Steps 1 and 2) is where our qualified Assessor will visit the property to locate the hazards,  detail the people potentially at risk and provide their findings in the written report provided. 

The hazards found vary from property to property, as it is dependent on the properties use, condition, furnishing, systems and how the building is used. But items such as compartmentation, Fire Systems (fire alarms, emergency lighting, fire extinguishers), electrical installations, portable appliances, gas safety, fire doors, lightning protection and furniture are all reviewed, just to name a few.

The report is then issued to the Responsible Person who is then able to review the findings and take the necessary recommended steps to help reduce the hazards and risk to people found.

For example, our Assessor may highlight a potential fire risk from portable appliances. The report would then recommend that Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is completed on a regular basis to help ensure the items are in working order which therefore reduces this potential risk. The Responsible Person can then arrange the testing (Step 3) and log that it has been completed in the action plan of the assessment whilst training members of the property to ensure they are using the appliances correctly.  (Step 4).

Then by ensuring testing is kept up to date on an ongoing basis and regularly reviewing the report, this adheres to (Step 5).

The information provided in the FAQ's section was correct at the time of writing. Although we always strive to keep this up to date, legislation/standards are frequently updated. This section should not be used as legal guidance and or reference.

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