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Fire Risk Assessment


The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is the main legislation with regards to Fire Risk Assessments. 118 pieces of legislation were consolidated and rationalized in this document and the old “Fire Certificate” was abolished.

One of the main requirements is that the “responsible person” must undertake a Fire Risk Assessment on the workplace.

A responsible person is defined in Article 3 as:

(a) in relation to a workplace, the employer, if the workplace is to any extent under his control;

(b) in relation to any premises not falling within paragraph (a)—

      (i) the person who has control of the premises (as occupier or otherwise) in connection with the carrying on by him of a trade, business or other undertaking (for profit or not); or

      (ii) the owner, where the person in control of the premises does not have control in connection with the carrying on by that person of a trade, business or other undertaking.

Article 9 (2) states:

The responsible person must make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to which relevant persons are exposed for the purpose of identifying the general fire precautions he needs to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed on him by or under this Order.

Seven Step Methodology:

  1. Identify hazards – sources of ignition, combustible materials etc
  2. Identify people at risk
  3. Eliminate, control or avoid the hazards
  4. Assess existing provisions
  5. Record findings
  6. Prepare emergency plan
  7. Periodic review of assessment

Specific legislation exists to cover such areas as:

  1. Emergency lighting
  2. Fire alarms
  3. Fire extinguishers
  4. Fire safety signage
  5. Electrical installations etc
  6. Building regulations and individual British Standards also have to be complied with

Included in the Fire Risk Assessment process are such areas as:

  1. Fire Safety Law
  2. Fire Safety arrangements
  3. Training and safety information
  4. Business security and resilience
  5. Compartmentation
  6. Fire doors
  7. Fire resisting glazing
  8. Fire detection and warning systems
  9. Emergency routes and exits
  10. Firefighting and emergency response

Bull Products qualified Fire Risk Assessors undertake this service for our customers based on a thorough site inspection, preparation of documents (including plans/photographs where necessary) and recommended subsequent action to be taken by management or others. The responsibility for the Fire Risk Assessment then passes to the identified responsible person in the organisation.