FAQs

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Do I need a Fire Risk Assessment?

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If you answer yes to any of the following then yes you do:

  • Are you responsible for business premises, which is premises or parts used for the purpose of the employers and made available to employee as place of work?
  • Are the premises licensed?
  • Do you employ more than 5 people within the company?
  • Is an alteration notice in force?
  • With a house of multiple occupations, are there communal parts?
  • Are there communal areas in a purpose built block of flats?

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Why should I have a Fire Risk Assessment?

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To reduce the risk of a fire occurring, the likely consequences on people and to reduce the damage a fire may cause. Having a fire risk assessment will reduce the risk on your premises and the chance of any potential fire affecting an adjacent building.

Finally, you need a Fire Risk Assessment because it is a legal requirement.

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Are there any benefits to my business?

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Yes, the risk assessment process will reduce the risk of a fire occurring and the damage it could cause, as well as making your workplace a safer place complying with the current legislation.

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What do I have to do?

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The law requires you to carry out a fire risk assessment and following the assessment, implement appropriate fire safety measures to minimise the risk to life. We can do this for you.

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What is a fire risk assessment?

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A structured and thorough assessment of the fire risk in your building, to determine the adequacy of existing fire precautions, the need for and nature of any additional fire precautions that may be required.

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What do I receive after an assessors visit?

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A fire risk assessment report following a template from the British Standards Institute, between 20 and 30 pages, providing clear and comprehensive details which are easy to understand. An action plan is provided to assist you in planning the implementation of any measures required. A level of risk is provided and the report satisfies regulatory requirements and is acceptable for insurance purposes.

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If I have a fire risk assessment, will I be fully compliant with regulations?

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No, the assessment is only 1 of 17 fire safety duties that are required to be complied with. However, if a comprehensive assessment is undertaken it will provide a sound starting point to you achieving compliancy. We will work with you to assist you to be fully compliant with regulations.

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Do I need to have a fire risk assessment yearly?

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No, but it is your responsibility to keep your assessment under review and continually comply with the rest of the Regulations. We can assist review the assessment at pre-defined intervals or if there is significant change to the property.

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Does the fire risk assessment require measures such as fire escapes, fire doors, fire alarms or other measures to be in place?

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There are likely to be a range of measures possible in individual premises, many of which you may already have in place, but our assessment will be able to determine which will be the most appropriate and cost effective for you, in some cases we may be able to remove certain assets that are deemed unnecessary.

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Will the Fire and Rescue service visit my premises?

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Possibly, they are the enforcing authorities for the Regulations and are required to develop risk based inspection regimes within their areas. However, they will give you notice and if required, we can liaise with them on your behalf.

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What happens if I don’t comply with regulations?

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In cases where a risk exists and it is not being managed, Fire Authorities have a statutory duty to enforce compliance with the Regulations and they may serve a notice on you. In serious cases, penalties of a fine of up to £5000 (for each offence) on summary conviction in a Magistrates Court, or an unlimited fine, or up to two years imprisonment, or both on conviction or indictment in a Crown Court, can be issued. Fines up to £400,000 and prison sentences have been issued.