Fire Risk Assessments
Who is responsible for doing the Fire Risk Assessment?
The Fire Risk Assessment is to be carried out by someone who has primary responsibilities for the premises. This could include facilities managers, owners of premises and managers of buildings.
There are a very wide range of levels of expertise for fire risk assessors. The most basic level will simply review your building against standard design codes, and recommend that you upgrade any parts of the building that do not comply. Whilst the fire risk assessment itself may be cheap. If a Business is found not to have done a fire risk assessment they are eligible for a fine upwards of £1,000 depending on the size of the business. Meritas aims to ensure that all necessary information relating to the fire risk assessment and its findings is recorded.
Carrying out a fire risk assessment and to document the significant findings from that assessment is fundamental in relation to the current law. When Meritas sets out to carry out a fire risk assessment we intend to use and to produce a simple assessment of the risk from fire. You can be sure that the person who undertakes the fire risk assessment will be following a recognised methodology and also ensure that they produce a report covering all relevant aspects of fire safety.
Meritas uses a simple professional formula style report, with an action plan at the end to set out any recommendations. It is not a check list, but includes tick boxes to confirm all relevant items have been considered.
When does it need to be repeated?
- Fire risk assessments should be reviewed from time to time, annually or if there is a reason to suspect that it is no longer valid, and if significant changes take place, such as an increase in the numbers of people in the building or changes to floor layouts.
- Fire risk assessments should also be reviewed after a fire. We will give a suggested date for review in our reports. A review does not necessarily involve repeating the fire risk assessment process.
What happens if you don’t do a Fire Risk Assessment?
- You can be fined upwards of £1,000 depending on the size of the business.
- The Business can be shut down depending on the extent of the breach of fire regulations.
- The business can be issued with a probation to ensure no one is in the building, the property owner or the facilities manager is responsible for ensuring the fire department that no one is in the building.
- More IMPORTANTLY you could be endangering your work colleagues.
Here at Meritas we provide an affordable and thorough Fire Risk Assessment which will tell you everything you want and need to know about your business and if you need to change/fix anything. Also we would be able to assist you with any of the risks identified due to our experience in multiple fields of fire and security.