Steve Wiltshire (Safety Matters) Ltd
As the responsible person, Director, CEO, Management Company or Landlord you must carry out and regularly review a fire risk assessment of the premises. This will identify what you need to do to prevent fire and keep people safe. You must keep a written record of your fire risk assessment if your business has 5 or more Employees. As brief overview, a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment must cover the following areas:
- Measures to reduce the risk of fire breaking out or spreading on the premises (Passive fire protection);
- The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) require employers to assess the risk of fires and explosions arising from work activities involving dangerous substances, and to eliminate or reduce these risks.
- Means of escape from the premises; Including travel distances.
- Measures for ensuring that the means of escape can be safely and effectively used at all times; which includes passive fire protection of the building and fire separating doors.
- Means for fighting fires on the premises;
- Means for detecting fire and giving warning in case of fire on the premises; if the correct level of protection has been installed.
- Arrangements for action to be taken in the event of a fire, including the instruction and training of Employees, Residents, plus measures to minimise the effects of the fire.
- Measures must also be taken to ensure people with special needs can benefit from the fire risk assessment, if PEEP forms & procedures are required.
- It is important that the person who carries out the fire risk assessment is competent. There are two principal methods by which people can demonstrate their competence;
- Professional Body Registration schemes
- Certification by a Certification Body that is UKAS accredited for the activity.
- Our Fire Safety Consultant (Steve Wiltshire MIFSM NAPFIS) is accredited and approved Tier 2 Competent Fire risk assessors register, Member grade of The Institute of Fire Safety Managers and Affiliated Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (Professional Body Registration) thus providing peace of mind when undertaking a professional independent fire risk assessment at your premises in accordance with The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 & BS9997-2019 requirements! Fire risk assessments undertaken in Bristol, Bath, Somerset, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire.
- Fire risk assessment is a legal requirement for every workplace, House of Multiple Occupancy, Schools, Colleges and Rental Management companies. Even a small fire could have fatal consequences and will have serious financial implications for any business.