The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires that all employers carry out a Fire Risk Assessment of their premises. If there are more than five employees the results of the Fire Risk Assessment must be recorded in writing and kept available on the premises.
It is not unusual to find that employers are not familiar with this requirement and that they assume that possession of a Fire Certificate is sufficient. Fire Certificates are no longer in force, and current legislation does require that all workplaces be subjected to a Fire Risk Assessment.
“The Competent person or fire risk assessor need not possess any specific academic qualifications but should:
Understand the relevant fire safety legislation;
Have appropriate education, training, knowledge and experience in the principles of fire safety;
Have an understanding of fire development and the behavior of people in fire;
Understand the fire hazards, fire risks and relevant factors associated with the occupants at special risk within the building of the type in question, and have appropriate training and/or experience in carrying out fire risk assessments.”
Information provided by Fire and Rescue Service.
This service obviously requires a visit to the client’s premises and results in a written report that will satisfy the requirements of the regulations.
The assessments are carried out by professional fire consultants. Their experience often reveals shortfalls that have existed for many years but which could have led to serious problems had a fire occurred.