FAQ’s

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into effect and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law. This means that you’re responsible for fire safety in business or other non-domestic premises if you’re: an employer the owner the landlord an occupier anyone else with control of the premises, for example a facilities manager, building manager, managing agent or risk assessor You’re known as the ‘responsible person’. If there’s more than one responsible person, you have to work together to meet your responsibilities. The Fire Safety Order also applies if you have paying guests, for example if you run a bed and breakfast, guesthouse or let a self-catering property. Further guidance can viewed using the following link. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fire-safety-guidance
A structured and thorough assessment of the fire risk in your building to determine the adequacy of existing fire precautions and the need for (and nature of) any additional fire precautions that may be required.
Yes, the risk assessment process will reduce the risk of a fire occurring and the damage it could cause, as well as making your workplace a safer place that is complaint with the Regulations.
The law requires you to carry out a fire risk assessment, and following the assessment to implement the appropriate fire safety measures to minimise the risk to life.
Yes - if you are an employer, owner or occupier of a business or industrial premise, or if you have some control over any commercial premises, you need to carry out a fire risk assessment to remain compliant.
To reduce the risk of a fire occurring and to reduce the damage that a fire may cause to your premises and any adjacent buildings. It will also reduce the risk of injury or death to your employees in the event of a fire. Finally, you need a Fire Risk Assessment because it is a legal requirement. requirement to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment.
You will receive a fire risk assessment report that is typically between 20 and 30 pages long. This report provides your risk level along with comprehensive and clear findings which are easy to understand (all findings are summarised in an Executive Summary and any Major Concerns are listed separately). An action plan is also included to assist you in planning the implementation of any measures required. Assessed Risk reports satisfy regulatory requirements and are acceptable for insurance purposes. requirements and is acceptable for insurance purposes.
No, the assessment is only 1 of 17 fire safety duties that are required to be complied with. However, if a comprehensive assessment is undertaken it will provide a sound starting point to you achieving compliance.
No, there is no legislation specifically enforcing annual assessments unless the building, processes or occupancy has changed but it is your responsibility to keep your assessment under review and continually comply with the rest of the Regulations. Things can change and put you at risk, and this is why our inspectors will visit you every year to ensure you are compliant.
A fire risk assessment is an organised and methodical look at your premises and the activities carried on there. It assesses the likelihood of a fire starting, the cause of that fire and the resulting harm that could come to those in and around the premises.
Potentially, they are the enforcing authorities for the Regulations and are required to develop risk based inspection regimes within their areas. However, they will give you notice and if required, we can liaise with them on your behalf.
In cases where a risk exists and it is not being managed, Fire Authorities have a statutory duty to enforce compliance with the Regulations and they may serve a notice on you. In serious cases, penalties of a fine of up to £5000 (for each offence) on summary conviction in a Magistrates Court. Or an unlimited fine, or up to two years imprisonment, or both on conviction or indictment in a Crown Court, can be issued. Fines up to £400,000 and prison sentences have been issued.