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Fire Risk Assessments

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On the 1st October 2006, The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 was introduced, which made it a CRIMINAL OFFENCE for any business not to have a written fire risk and emergency plan for their premises.

Key Points:

  1. A fire risk assessment is defined here as "a process for identifying fire hazards and determining the likelihood (risk) that such hazards will result in a fire".
  2. The main reason to carry out fire risk assessments is to comply with legislative requirements, namely those contained in namely those contained in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005.
  3. The ultimate aim of fire risk assessment is to identify the action that needs to be taken to reduce and/or control the risks. It is a management responsibility to implement this action.
  4. The fire risk assessment will be more effective if it is conducted as a seperate exercise to health and safety risk assessments.

MCFP are happy to advise you in more detail, and will visit your premises to discuss your risk assessment on site if you wish. We can also offer training in the area of risk assessment.

A Fire Risk Assessment should cover:

  1. Identification of hazards
  2. Sources of ignition
  3. Identify persons at risk
  4. Means of escape
  5. Fire warning systems
  6. Fire fighting facilities
  7. Identification of fire routine
  8. Fire Training programmes
  9. Identify problems with the above, and instigate programme to put them right

The Law

Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997
Fire Safety Reform Order 2005
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The Regulation

Requires an assessment to be made of the risk to people in the event of fire, and for this assessment to be reviewed and kept up to date.

Non Compliance

A deliberate failure to do this, (which places any person at serious risk), is a criminal offence.Ignorance is no defence.

The Enforcement

It shall be the duty of every fire authority to enforce within their area.Brigade enforcement officers to visit premises and inspect the Risk Assessment.

The Penalties

  • Enforcement notices
  • Unlimited fines
  • Closure
  • Possible imprisonment
  • Invalidation of insurance
  • Private Litigation

For more information about Fire Risk Assessments, contact our experts at either our Bristol or Bicester office, by calling 01869 252600, 01275 333336 or you can email us here