“employers are to take employees capabilities into consideration prior to delegating responsibilities”

For the Avoidance of Doubt:
in relation to 5 or fewer occupants,,,,,

 

Fire safety legislation for existing buildings (which applies to virtually all non-domestic premises) requires that the fire precautions in the premises be based on a fire risk assessment which, therefore, must be carried out.

 

This applies even to a small shop occupied by a single self-employed person. The requirement also applies to the common parts of blocks of flats in England and Wales (but not Scotland and NI).

 

Confusion sometimes arises because the findings of the Fire Risk Assessment need not be recorded if the employer (or other duty holder) does not employ 5 or more persons.
Never the less, the Fire Risk Assessment must be carried out.

The findings must also be recorded in the case of premises for which legislation requires licensing or registration.

 

A Fire & Rescue Authority may also require this in an alterations notice, though such notices are not that common. It might be regarded as best practice, regardless of any legal obligation to do so.

At the most basic level, a Fire Risk Assessment is a review taken of a building looking at the Building, the occupants and the processes carried out within, so as to assess it for fire risk, and to provide recommendations to make it safer if need be.

The responsible person “RP” you must carry out and regularly review of the fire risk assessment of the premises. This will identify what you need to do to prevent fire and keep people safe.

When the knowledge, experience and expertise is not available in house, to carry out the fire risk assessment you need to appoint a ‘competent person’ to carry out the assessment.

In order to prove “competency”, as well as having other Fire Industry Qualifications and Experience, any CWE Consultant carrying out Fire Risk Assessments, have also undertake courses approved by the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) in Fire Risk Assessments

 

If you are the Responsible Person for your property, you are required to have a “Suitable and Sufficient” fire risk assessment in place for your premises:

A responsible person can be someone who is:


Examples of such premises (vacant or occupied) that require a
Fire Risk Assessment by law are, but not limited to:

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The Fire Risk Assessment is just the starting point of Fire Safety Management at your premises.

 

If you are the responsible person you must make sure that fire risks are removed, reduced or managed to an acceptable level to reasonably protect lives.

 

You must also ensure that everyone who may be in, or in the vicinity of, your premises can escape if there is a fire.

 

After your Fire Risk Assessment is completed and produced, the overall task of Fire Safety is not finished.

Your Fire Risk Assessment is a living document designed to evolve with your staff, your premises and the process within as well as any issues with the surrounding environment.

The assessment should be reviewed regularly, and any arising issues dealt with in order to maintain a compliant and safe environment.

From 1st October 2006 The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires the Responsible Person (RP) of any non-domestic premises to have a fire risk assessment carried out on any property that they have control over.

 

For all non-domestic buildings, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, came into force in October 2006, placing the legal responsibility on businesses to carry out a Fire Safety Risk Assessment.

Under the RRO the “responsible person” for the premises, by law must ensure that a “suitable and sufficient” fire risk assessment for each premises that is under his or her control, has been carried out by a “competent person”.

Fire Risk Assessments and full written reports  within the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

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