Fire Risk Assessments
The Regulatory Reform Act 2001 – Regulatory reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
This Act replaces most fire precautions and fire safety related documents and legislation. 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.
Most buildings fall under the scope of this order and the responsible person must assess the fire risks associated within their existing buildings. Where there are more than five employees, this assessment must be in written form. The penalties for not complying, enforced by the Fire Authority, can be a substantial fine and/or a term of imprisonment.
Who has to comply with the Act?
The order applies to virtually all premises and covers nearly every type of building, structure and open space. For example it applies to offices, shops, care premises, community halls, pubs, clubs, tents, marquees, hotels, factories, warehouses to list but a few. It does not apply to private dwelling houses or individual flats in a block or house.
Fire Authorities have responsibility for the supervision and control of compliance with this Order. The Fire Authority may carry out periodic un-announced inspections of premises covered by the Order. If there are deficiencies in fire safety arrangements, the employer will be notified in writing.
If the Authority believes staff on the premises may be at serious risk, they will issue an Enforcement Notice.
This Notice may lead to other more serious measures under the legal process.
The responsible person should also consider the potential liability in terms of accidents and injuries in the workplace. Should injury occur by fire, Insurers would inevitably inquire as to whether the responsible person has discharged his duties under Health and Safety legislation; Employers, who have not satisfactorily discharged their obligations, may encounter difficulties with their Insurers.
What actions should you take now?
The liability for safety in the event of fire is firmly with the employer or responsible person and as such, the risk assessment made must be comprehensive and address any issue, which may otherwise present a fire risk.
If you are an employer or the responsible person we recommend you take the following action:
ACT NOW and undertake a full Fire Risk Assessment.
Fire Risk Assessment
Campagna Ltd. provides a comprehensive service in respect of Fire Risk Assessment, which allows employers to devolve the liability for fire safety into the hands of experts.
The Fire Risk Assessment is presented in report format, using clear and concise terminology. The concept of the Fire Risk Assessment is accepted by Fire Authorities, Insurance companies and Building Regulation enforcement bodies.