The completion of a fire risk assessment is a legal requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and is necessary in virtually all buildings in England and Wales, other than domestic dwellings.
If you are an employer, then you have a duty under this fire safety legislation to carry out a fire risk assessment. Similarly, if you occupy or otherwise have a degree of control over any non-domestic premises, then you are also likely to have this duty.
A fire risk assessment identifies possible hazards as well as the actions you need to take to keep the people on your premises safe. It needs to be kept up to date and reviewed on a regular basis, in particular when something changes that could affect fire safety or you have any other reason to suspect that it is no longer valid (e.g. a change in occupancy, a change in the building, a change in the nature of contents or after a fire).
Blackburn Associates are able to complete a fire risk assessment for you, this will be achieved by a thorough examination of your premises together with discussions with members of staff regarding their awareness of fire safety. This will enable an accurate picture of the fire safety arrangements to be gained.
A report will then be produced that will indicate the risk of fire within the premises, the significant findings of the risk assessment and if necessary, prioritised recommendations for improvements. If beneficial the report will be annotated with photographs.
The methodology used to complete the fire risk assessment and the report will be aligned to Publicly Available Specification 79 (PAS79). PAS79 is the British Standard recommended methodology for fire risk assessment that takes into account the fire regimes applicable within the UK.
Upon completion the findings of the fire risk assessment will be explained to the responsible person for fire within your business.
Blackburn Associates are an independent company that does not supply equipment. We always ensure that our recommendations are sensible, pragmatic and based on the appropriate guidance issued by H.M. Government.
Timber Frame Construction Site – Fire Spread Risk Assessments – Fire risk assessments can be produced that analyse the risk of fire spreading to neighbouring buildings, both on and off site. Using industry standard best practice, recommendations will be provided to reduce both the risk of fire starting and the risk of fire spreading. This will assist you in complying with The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) and HSG168 “Fire Safety in Construction” published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Fire risk assessment advice – Fire risk assessments can, of course, be completed by your own staff, if you have done this and would appreciate an independent audit of their effectiveness or would like practical advice and guidance given to your in-house fire risk assessors please contact Blackburn Associates.