BAFE SP205 Accredited 

As a company, FCS-live have been awarded certification under the BAFE SP205 industry scheme for fire risk assessors.  This again provides you with assurances that our staff are competent and that our procedures and processes have been rigorously examined and assessed by a 3rd party certification body.

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Legislation

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, requires the responsible person to carry out a "suitable and sufficient" assessment of the risks on the premises.  Similar requirements apply in Scotland under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, and in Northern Ireland under the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.

The form the assessment takes will be dependent on the type and size of premises or undertaking concerned

What are the Five Steps of a Fire Risk Assessments?

Fire risk assessments following the 5 step fire risk assessments process as recommended by HM Government guidance documents, HSE and the guidance documentation issued by Fire and Rescue Services:

  • Step One: Identification of the Fire Hazards
  • Step Two: Identifying Persons at Risk
  • Step Three: Evaluation of the Risks (Eliminate, Reduce or Control)
  • Step Four: Recording of the Significant Findings
  • Step Five: Monitor and Review Process

Our fire risk assessors using our unique Cloud 15 system audit 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, the Cloud 15 covers all aspects of fire safety to identify any significant findings. These are recorded and a risk analysis conducted to arrive at a risk rating. A comprehensive action plan is then produced for each non-compliance, with realistic time scales for completion and review, providing the client with a range of options to meet their legal obligations and ensuring the most appropriate cost benefit solution.

Do all buildings require a fire risk assessment?

Yes. There are few exceptions.

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, a fire risk assessment is necessary in virtually all buildings in England and Wales, other than domestic dwellings. Similar requirements apply in Scotland under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, and in Northern Ireland under the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.

Can I do my own fire risk assessment?

Yes, if you consider you have the competence to do so.
We are normally employed either when a client does not have the necessary competence or when they do not have the time or resources to conduct the risk assessments themselves.

Should I choose FCS-Live to carry out your risk assessment?

Yes

All our Risk Assessors are experienced competent professionals, many from a fire service background. We use our own unique tablet based risk assessment system the Cloud 15, ensuring data is collected and analysed at the premises in real time. Non-conformance’s can be recoded, risk graded, photographed, placed on a location plan and an action plan created whilst the risk assessor is standing in front of the risk. The risk assessment can be synchronised at the premises meaning you get your live assessment straight away. The Cloud 15 is a live and interactive risk assessment, if you get a non-conformance rectified you can log onto the system sign it off and reduce the overall risk rating of your premises. Our Cloud 15 system is recognised in the industry as offering a unique and comprehensive system to manage your fire safety and is used under licence by many other risk assessment companies.

How is a Fire Risk Assessment Conducted?

A fire risk assessment involves a physical inspection of the building to determine the adequacy of the existing fire precautions and the need for any additional measures. FCS-Live do this in real time using our tablet based Cloud 15 system ensuring data is captured as it’s observed. However, of equal importance to the physical inspection is a review of fire safety management in the organisation and consideration of the human factors .There are practical limits to the extent of the survey and evaluation of the fire precautions. For example, in undertaking a fire risk assessment, we would not carry out detailed engineering evaluation or testing of fire protection systems, emergency escape lighting, etc. However, we would inspect such systems visually. Where appropriate, we would identify the need for any further engineering evaluation, which we would be able to carry out if required.
Similarly, the survey of the construction of the building would extend to readily accessible areas of the building only. We would not undertake destructive exposure. While we would inspect above false ceilings, where possible, this would be on a sampling basis only. Again, if we considered that more thorough examination of such areas was necessary, we would highlight this to you.
The objective of the risk assessment will primarily be the safety of the occupants of the building whilst simultaneously satisfying the requirements of legislation.

The Cloud 15 system fire risk assessment would include the following particular aspects of fire safety:

  • Means Of Escape
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Fire Detection and Warning
  • Fire Hazards
  • Fire-Fighting Equipment
  • Management
  • Persons At Risk
  • Signs and Notices

The fire risk assessment process is intended to be dynamic, and take into account change. Fire risk assessments should therefore be reviewed from time to time or if there is a reason to suspect that it is no longer valid, and, in particular, if significant changes take place, such as an increase in the numbers of people in the building or changes to floor layouts. Fire risk assessments should also be reviewed after a fire. We will give a suggested date for review in our reports. A review does not necessarily involve repeating the fire risk assessment process. A judgment on this is required based on the significance of the changes.

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