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Can I do Fire Risk Assessments myself?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) requires that a Fire Safety Risk Assessment be carried out by the “Responsible Person” in virtually all non-domestic premises.

Legal guidelines state that a Fire Safety Risk Assessment can be carried out by a “competent person“. This does not necessarily mean you have to use a qualified Fire Risk Assessor. However, it is essential that the person conducting the Fire Safety Risk Assessment is competent to carry out the task and has access to relevant information and support.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) requires that a Fire Safety Risk Assessment be carried out by the “Responsible Person” in virtually all non-domestic premises.

Anyone who has control of the premises or anyone who has a degree of control over certain areas or systems may be a “Responsible Person”.  For example, it could be:

  • An employer
  • A managing agent or owner of shared premises
  • The occupier such as self-employed persons or voluntary organisations
  • Any other person that has some control over part of the premises

The Regulatory Reform Order is a risk assessment-based regime.

As a “Responsible Person“ you must manage any fire risk on your premises, to do this you must:

  • carry out a Fire Safety Risk Assessment of the premises and review it regularly
  • tell staff or their representatives about the risks you’ve identified put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures
  • plan what to do in the event of a fire emergency
  • provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training

Businesses employing more than five people also have a responsibility to record the substantive findings and resulting actions identified and taken as a consequence of the Fire Safety Risk Assessment. This legally enforceable requirement is imposed on both the “Responsible Person” and or any other person deemed as having control over part of the premises. Each needs to carry out their own Fire Safety Risk Assessment.

In order to assist responsible person(s), the Government has produced a series of downloadable guides, each typically 150 pages thick and applying to different premises categories. The responsible person(s) should read and imbibe the appropriate guide and produce a Fire Safety Risk Assessment specific to the building(s) for which they are responsible.

The Government has categorised premises into 11 different types and produced a guide for each category to assist ‘responsible persons’ in understanding and fulfilling their responsibilities.

The premises types are detailed below.

What is the penalty for not having a Fire Safety Risk Assessment?

Fire Safety Risk Assessments should be carried out at regular intervals so that you can identify and remedy any fire hazards, and ensure your premises are compliant with fire safety legislation. The penalty for not having a Fire Safety Risk Assessment and, in particular, not having implemented the correct fire safety precautions, is prosecution resulting in severe fines, or in cases of extreme negligence, a prison sentence.

Got a question about Fire Safety Risk Assessments? Need a Fire Safety Compliance advice?  Get in touch today!

For over 40 years, Fixfire® has been providing quality products, systems and services for Life & Property Protection. Whatever your requirement, please call our Compliance Team for expert advice and a refreshingly different approach.

Freephone 08000 891999

STEP 1:
STEP 2:
You provide a suitable up to date drawing of your building in either:
  • Hard copy
  • PDF
  • Or preferably AutoCAD (dwg) format
Depending on the availability of installation records and the complexity of the building, we arrange a visit to identify the zone number associated with each Fire Alarm Manual Call Point and Fire Detector (for practicality this may involve two engineers).
STEP 3:
STEP 4:
Fire Alarm Zone Chart is created.
Fire Alarm Zone Chart is supplied in A4 or A3 glazed frame for installation adjacent to your Fire Alarm Panel.

For over forty years, Fixfire® has been providing quality products, systems and services for Life & Property Protection. Whatever your requirement, please call our Compliance Team for expert advice and a refreshingly different approach.

Freephone 08000 891999.

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