Fire Risk Assessments

As qualified and experienced fire risk assessors, we can help you and your business comply with the law.

The Law

If you are an owner, landlord or occupier of a business or other non-domestic premises (non-domestic premises are all workplaces and commercial premises, all premises the public have access to and the common areas of a multi-occupied residential building) – you are responsible for fire safety. You are known as the ‘responsible person’.

The Fire Safety Reform Order also applies if you have paying guests, e.g. if you run a bed and breakfast, guesthouse or let a self-catering property.

As the responsible person you must:

  • carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises and review it regularly
  • tell staff or their representatives about the risks you have identified
  • put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures
  • plan for an emergency
  • provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training

The most important duty of the above is to record a ‘suitable and sufficient’ fire risk assessment as this identifies and assesses the remaining stages.

Fire risk assessment stages

Mirroring the usual HSE 5 stages to risk assessment model the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order refers to the five stages of risk assessment as:

  1. Identify the fire hazards
  2. Identify people at risk
  3. Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks
  4. Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training
  5. Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly

How can we help you?

GBS Health and Safety Services employ specialist and competent fire risk assessors. Our assessors are Members of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers and are Accredited Commercial Fire Risk Assessors.

We can come to your premises and carry out a a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment using industry and Fire and Rescue Service (the ‘Enforcing’ authority) recognised formats.

The risk assessment document identifies all of the areas identified in the industry specific guidance documents which can be seen here and includes the identification of sources of ignition, fuel and oxygen and how they are controlled, the physical safety protection arrangements such as compartmentation, alarm systems, emergency lighting etc, how well people are protected in the event of a fire (early warning, fire routes, etc.) and an evaluation of the suitability of the means of escape in the event of an emergency.

The objectives of a fire risk assessment are to ensure that fire risks are reduced so far as is reasonably practicable and to ensure that the arrangements for fire safety are adequate to ensure the safe evacuation of the occupants of the building or effective management of those persons at risk in the event of a fire or emergency. The assessment is not designed to minimise damage to buildings or their contents.

The assessment process also includes a review of the management of fire safety as well as maintenance and inspection details for all equipment used in the protection of people and the property.

Types of premises assessed and experience

We have successfully assessed business and premises falling into the following categories (amongst others):

Educational establishmentsHealthcare premises
Factories and warehousesStudent accommodation
OfficesHotels and restaurants
Transportation facilitiesHistoric buildings
Blocks of residential accommodationFarms and agricultural premises
Entertainment and leisure facilitiesFood producers
Retail and wholesaleMotor Vehicle (sale and repair)
DefenseConstruction sites
Events (including open air, large places of assembly etc.)

As competent and experienced fire risk assessors, why not contact us today to discuss your fire risk assessment needs?  We are based near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, but regularly travel much further afield.

We also offer additional fire related services such as fire warden / marshal training, emergency planning and Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres (DSEAR) Assessments.