The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 requires that the Responsible Person is to carry out a “suitable and sufficient” assessment of the risks on the premises with the form the assessment takes depending on the type and size of the premises.
The assessment should be carried out by somebody with sufficient competence and experience.
Are you aware that if you are the Responsible Person (or Duty Holder in Scotland) you hold the ultimate responsibility for the adequacy of the company’s Fire Risk Assessment by law? You must also take reasonable steps when appointing an assessor to ensure that they have sufficient competency and experience.
How do you select an appropriate fire risk assessor? You should be using a Third Party Approved company, such as a BAFE SP205 Certified company.
We are experienced in providing Fire Risk Assessments for all types of premises and sectors: ranging from organisations with several thousand sites to world heritage sites. No premises is too small, too large or too complicated.
With an FCS-live assessment you know that you will receive an experienced and competent assessor who meets the required standards for technical capability. In addition, you will receive your report via FCS Cloud enabling you to manage your ongoing fire safety via a live system. Keep it simple with no more paper trails or unmanageable pdf reports. Fill in our online form for a quotation or speak directly to one of our friendly staff about fire risk assessments 0333 0433 833
A Fire Risk Assessment is necessary in virtually all buildings other than domestic dwellings with similar requirements applicable under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2005.
The RR(FS)O does not apply to:
Domestic premises e.g. house/flat (however the order does apply to communal areas), offshore installations, ships, fields, woods or agricultural/forestry land, aircraft, trains, trailers, mines (other than any buildings onsite), boreholes.
A: You are responsible for Fire Safety in business or other non-domestic premises if you are: • The Owner • An Employer • The Landlord • An Occupier
Anyone else with control of the premises: e.g. a Facilities Manager, Building Manager, Managing Agent or Risk Assessor.
You are known as the “Responsible Person”.
If there is more than one Responsible Person you will have to work together to meet your responsibilities.
A: Yes, you can - providing that you feel that you have the competence and experience 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 assessments themselves.
Check that the company conducting the Fire Risk Assessment(s) have been audited by a third party certification body and that they are certified with a recognised body: e.g. BAFE SP205, FRACS, etc. This indicates that they meet the required technical and quality management standards with their assessors having appropriate capabilities.Alternatively if you employee an assessor directly you can check whether they are registered as an individual under a scheme: e.g. IFE, FRACS, etc.
The FCS-live system is recognised throughout industry as offering a unique and comprehensive system to manage your fire safety. As with most things in life: you get what you pay for.
A: We follow the 5 step Fire Risk Assessment process as recommended by HM Government guidance documents, HSE and the guidance documentation issued by Fire and Rescue Services:
Step 1: Identification of the Fire Hazards
Step 2: Identifying Persons at Risk
Step 3: Evaluation of the Risk (Eliminate, Reduce or Control)
Step 4: Recording of the Significant Findings
Step 5: Monitor and Review Process
Our assessors use our unique FCS Cloud audit process which involves the systematic evaluation of the factors that determine the risk from fire. This is made up of the likelihood that there will be a fire and the consequences if one were to occur.
We provide Fire Risk Assessments that satisfy the Responsible Person’s duties under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.
A comprehensive Action Plan is produced for each non-compliance, with realistic timescales for completion and review. The Action Plan includes photos, floor plans and recommendations to help you manage the risks within your organisation.
FCS Cloud allows for an annual review which helps you to determine the next course of action: this is something that you can discuss with us.
For professional advice or further information, call us today on: 0333 0433 833