Why Do I Need A Fire Risk Assessment Inspection Report?
1. Fire Risk Assessments Save Life.
2. Fire Risk Assessments Save Property.
3. Fire Risk Assessments Save Infrastructure.
4. Fire Risk Assessments Are A Moral Responsibility.
5. Fire Risk Assessments Can Actually Help Your Business.
6. Fire Risk Assessments Can Maintain Insurance Premiums.
7. Fire Risk Assessments Can Assist In Distances Of Travel.
8. Fire Risk Assessments Can Assist With Local Building Control.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire) (Safety) Order 2005 = AKA The RRO or The FSO:-
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 shall hereafter be referred to as the 'Fire Safety Order'.
Although approved by Parliament on the 07th June 2005, The 'Fire Safety Order' should have come into force on the 01st April 2006 however, it was delayed by 7months and finally implemented by Parliament on the 01st October 2006.
The 'Fire Safety Order' has been achieved by 'reforming and amending' the United Kingdom's fire safety legislation.
The Fire Safety Order is designed to provide a 'minimum fire safety standard' within all non-domestic premises, including all premises or, parts of premises used for the purposes of an 'employer's undertaking' & is made available to 'employees' as a place of work or, as a premises used in connection with the carrying out of a trade, business or other undertaking, albeit for profit or non-profit, with only a few exceptions.
The Fire Safety Order designates a person, that is to say, the employer, the manager, the owner or, a designated person/ company acting on behalf of the employer and he or she, is called the 'Responsible Person' (RP).
The RP or a person acting on the rp's behalf, is required to carry out certain fire safety duties whereby ensuring all fire precautionary measures are satisfactory and that the conducting of a 'fire risk assessment' has been carried out.
If 5 persons or less are employed on your premises yet the general public, guests, visitors or contractors can be at your place of business the fire risk assessment must therefore be a 'written fire assessment'.
If more than 5 persons are employed, in any situation, the fire risk assessment shall also be a 'written fire assessment'.
The RP's assessment shall ascertain the size, type & activity of operation/s carried out on the premises amongst all other fire safety requirements.
Previous general fire safety legislation
The 'Fire Safety Order' replaces previous fire safety legislation & any fire certificates issued under the Fire Precautions Act 1971 shall cease to have any effect.
You must now carry out a written 'fire risk assessment' and keep it up to date to ensure all fire precautionary measures within your premises remain current and adequate. If you have previously carried out a fire risk assessment under the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 (as amended 1999) and this assessment has been regularly reviewed then you will now need to ensure that your fire risk assessment is revised annually whilst taking into account the wider scope of the 'Fire Safety Order' & PAS 79: 2007.
Your premises may also be applicable to 'licensing or registration provisions' (e.g. License Act 2003: Ch-17).
In such circumstances, your local fire authority will want to inspect your Fire Risk Assessment as part of the licensing approval process.
Fire safety procedures within your license 'should not be set by a licensing authority' where the 'Fire Safety Order' applies.
Guidance on new fire legislation
The revised 'risk assessment' based regime requires the responsible person designated for any premises used by the general public (including employees/ self-employed & contractors), to take suitable & sufficient measures/ actions to prevent fire and to protect against death or injury should a fire occur at any time.
The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 (as amended 1999) previously imposed this duty
but under the revised 'Fire Safety Order', the duty has been extended from beyond;
'All workplaces' to further provide fire safety cover for;
'The majority of (premises) to which people have (access)'