Should I do the Fire Risk Assessment myself?
Your Fire Risk Assessment is the cornerstone of the Fire Safety of your business. It identifies risks and the actions needed to reduce them.There is a hefty price to pay if you underestimate a risk; the cost could be someone’s safety, or a fine from the authorities. However, it is also easy to spend a lot of money on unnecessary equipment (thinking it is better to be safe than sorry).
In a small premises you may feel up to tackling the job and the government has produced some very helpful information to make this achievable.
For larger premises, it is a time-consuming and daunting task. Arguably,it would be a better use of your time to call in the experts.
Getting Firecall to help you out.
We’d be delighted!
In order to make our Fire Risk Assessment more comprehensive we provide you with a pre-assessment questionnaire on the property.
One of our GIFireE (Graduates of the Institute of Fire Engineering) qualified engineers would then visit the site and carry out the assessment.
Our assessment is divided into four parts:
When the Fire Risk Assessment is completed it will generate an ‘Action List’ of items that require attention with a suggested time scale for completion. Each item will be given a subjective score of between 1 and 5 to give a total ‘Risk Score’ for the property. As each point is remedied so the risk score will decrease.
A Fire Risk Assessment is a purely advisory document.
We ensure that our Fire Risk Assessment is acceptable to your Fire Officer and Insurers. We would strongly advise that you heed the advice we give. However, the only person who could make you do anything is the Fire Officer through the issuance of an Enforcement Notice.
Until the introduction of the 2005 Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order in 2006 fire safety issues were largely controlled by the granting of Fire Certificates by the Fire Officer.After 2006 the Fire Risk Assessment became the relevant document rather than the Fire Certificate. There was a major difference between the Fire Certificate and the Fire Risk Assessment in that if a property was granted a Fire Certificate it was valid as long as the property was not altered even though the relevant BS Standards may have changed.However the Fire Risk Assessment will judge the property against the relevant current BS Standards.
We ensure that our Fire Risk Assessment is acceptable to your Fire Officer and Insurers.