Unfortunately the recent tragic events in London have brought fire safety to the forefront of all our minds. If you are a landlord, business owner, director, manager, employer or occupant you have a responsibility for fire safety.
A Fire Risk Assessment of your premises is a legal requirement under the Fire Safety Order 2005.
What is a Fire Risk Assessment?
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (Sometimes referred to as the FSO or RRO) you must produce a fire risk assessment on your premise. It must include a comprehensive review of:
- How a fire could start?
- Who would be in danger?
- The fire precautions in your premises to minimise the effects of fire.
- A plan to deal with a fire should one start.
The fire risk assessment must also be communicated to everyone it affects and reviewed at regular intervals.
A fire risk assessment must also be produced for all non-domestic premises in England and Wales and is applicable if you are:
- Responsible for business premises.
- An employer or self-employed with business premises.
- A charity or voluntary organisation.
- A contractor with a degree of control over any premises.
This assessment will:
- Emphasize preventing fires and reducing risk.
- Make it your responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone who uses your premises and in the immediate vicinity.
- Remove the need for fire certificates (these no longer have any legal status).
Why do I need one?
- Because it is the law. You must have a “suitable and sufficient” risk assessment and have it available on the site for inspection by the fire authority.
- Your insurance company may refuse to pay on a claim for a fire, if you have not met your legal obligations under the Fire Safety Order 2005.
- It is a fact that over 80% of businesses that have a serious fire do not recover.
- It makes good business sense to prevent fire happening and to mitigate the effects should one start.
- It helps prevent disruption to your business and minimise financial loses.
- Failure to meet your responsibilities under the Fire Safety Order 2005 can lead to fines or imprisonment.