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Frequently Asked Questions
If you own, manage or operate a business, you must comply with fire safety law. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 governs fire safety. It applies across England and Wales and came into force on 1 October 2006.
Failure to comply with the Order and where person(s) could be at risk, due to not fulfilling requirements can result in both Enforcement Action from local authority i.e. Fire Brigade and lead to both hefty fines and imprisonment depending on the nature of the offences.
The Order applies to commercial buildings, places and structures excluding single private dwellings, individual flats in a block, and family homes. Other residential places required by the Order include shared areas in houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), blocks of flats and maisonettes.
A Fire Risk Assessment should take between 1-3 hours dependant on the size, occupancy, building type and the services required within the Fire Risk Assessment.
In the United Kingdom fire safety was previously covered by about seventy pieces of fire safety legislation, the principal ones being the Fire Precautions Act 1961 and the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997/1999. In 2001 it was therefore decided the legislation needed to be to simplified. This was achieved with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in England and Wales.
The Order is designed to provide a minimum fire safety standard in all non-domestic premises with a few exceptions. If it is a workplace it designates the employer the Responsible Person (RP). If any other person has control to some extent then they could have duties under the Order. If it is not a workplace then any person having control to some extent or the owner and can be designated the Responsible Person. Those persons, or a person acting on their behalf, are required to carry out certain fire safety duties which include ensuring the general fire precautions are satisfactory and conducting a fire risk assessment. If more than five persons are employed it has to be a written fire risk assessment.
No, but you are advised to review the Assessment a minimum of annually; it is your responsibility to keep this document updated with regular reviews. We would always advise that this is incorporated with a review meeting with ourselves, which we will make a smaller charge.
- Initial telephone consultation with our team of experts to gain understanding of your premises, concerns and queries.
- You will receive a written quotation and a copy of our Terms & Conditions.
- Upon commissioning a confirmation will be sent detailing time / date and location with the Assessor attending.
- The Fire Risk Assessment will be carried out by a fully qualified Fire Risk Assessor.
- It is preferable that you, or a member of your Staff assists the Assessor on his inspection as they will require access to secured areas and will have questions about the premise.
- Once the services have been provided a Fire Safety Management Plan will be compiled which identifies the Fire Safety Actions for the premise.
- An invoice will be compiled and forward to your Payroll dept / Nominated Person(s).
- Upon receipt of payment the Fire Risk Assessment, Fire Safety Management Plan and Fire Risk Assessment will be released.