Fire Risk Assessment Statutory Testing & Inspection
  • ST&I assists employers, institutions and landlords in fulfilling their duties to undertake general fire precautions for the protection of employees and members of the public by conducting a Fire Risk Assessment, developing an Emergency Plan and providing Fire Safety Training.

    • In 2011-12 there were 44.000 fires in dwellings and 24,000 fires recorded in buildings other than dwellings; Of these, 70% were accidental compared to 86% of those in dwellings.
    • There were 380 fatalities and 11,300 non fatal casualties; in buildings other than dwellings there were 25 fatal casualties and 1200 non-fatal.
    • The economic cost of fire to UK businesses is over ВЈ8.5 billion per year and it is estimated that 60% never recover from fire.
    • In March 2013, DM Care Limited was prosecuted for non-compliance with fire safety regulations and ordered to pay a total of ВЈ40,375.

Introduction

Fire

ST&I assists employers, institutions and landlords in fulfilling their duties to undertake general fire precautions for the protection of employees and members of the public by conducting a Fire Risk Assessment, reducing the risk posed by identified hazards and developing an Emergency Plan to protect people and property in the event of a fire.

Those with responsibilities and duties;

Employers

Institutions

Landlords

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005В a duty of care is placed on the ‘responsible person’ to carry out a fire risk assessment of their premises, to establish precautionary measures and maintain an appropriate Emergency Plan.

In the workplace the Duty Holder is the employer or any other person who may have control of any part of the premises.Under the order, anyone who has control of premises or anyone who has a degree of control over certain areas or systems may be a ‘responsible person’.

For example, it could be:

The employer for those parts of premises staff may go to;

The managing agent or owner for shared parts of premises or shared fire safety equipment such as fire-warning systems or sprinklers;

The occupier, such as self-employed people or voluntary organisations if they have any control; orВ any other person who has some control over a part of the premises.

Although in many premises the responsible person will be obvious, there may be times when a number of people have some responsibility.

For further guidance see A short guide to making your premisesВ safe from fireВ 

The relevant legislation

The Health & Safety atВ Work Act 1974,

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Fire Precautions (Workplace) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 Health & Safety at Work Act 1974

Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 Health & Safety (Safety Signs & Signals) Regulations 1996

Guidance

Building Regulations 1991 Part B

BS5839-1 2002 Fire Detection & Alarm Systems

BS5266-1 1999 Emergency Lighting.

Legal RequirementsВ 

The 2005 Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order replaces previous fire safety legislation with one simple order. It means that any person who has some level of control in premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire. The order applies to every type of building, structure and open space including places of work, shared residences, hotels, shops, restaurants, community premises, schools, care homes etc.

It does NOT apply to people’s private homes, including individual flats  in a block or house.

According to government guidelines

You must:

  • carry out a fire-risk assessment identifying any possible dangers and risks;
  • consider who may be especially at risk;
  • get rid of or reduce the risk from fire as far as is reasonably possible and provide general fire
    precautions to deal with any possible risk left;
  • take other measures to make sure there is protection if flammable or explosive materials are used or stored;
  • create a plan to deal with any emergency and, in most cases, keep a record of your findings; and
  • review your findings when necessary.

For further guidance seeВ A short guide to making your premises safe from fire -В 

Fire Risk and precautions

The 2005 RRFSO makes clear that employers and owners of buildings must conduct a Fire Risk Assessment and put in place adequate fire precautions and an emergency plan.

Our service ensures that employers, institutions and landlords fulfill their duties under current legislation by assisting with a risk assessment, developing an emergency plan and testing all fire precaution devices.

Comprehensive Fire Risk Assessment & Safety Training service

ST&I’s certified fire risk assessor will carry out the Fire Risk Assessment at your premises. The report will be readily accessible online to our clients within hours of completion, throughВ our Computer Aided Facilities Management WebsiteВ via a secure login and supplied in an alternative format, being a paper hard copy to be stored in the Fire Log Book. The report will then assist in the development of a Fire Emergency Plan and highlight training required.

All extracts from government research and guidance publications are used courtesy of theВ UK Government Licensing FrameworkВ 

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