Who can carry out a Fire Risk Assessment?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, requires that a Fire Risk Assessment is carried out on all commercial premises, and also on the communal areas of residential premises.
The Order further requires that this assessment is undertaken by a ‘competent person’. The term ‘competent person’ is not defined, but this is because the level of competency and experience required will vary dramatically between premises, dependent on the risks. Compare an oil refinery with a small florist shop, for example.
For persons keen to tackle the Fire Risk Assessment themselves, the government provides a wealth of information on the following website: www.gov.uk/workplace-fire-safety-your-responsibilities/fire-safety-advice-documents, and this can be a great route for clients who have a bit of experience in Health & Safety risk assessments, and when the premises are simple and the risks low.
For more complicated premises, or if the sight of the 140-page government document makes your heart quail, please contact us and we will help you out.
For businesses employing less than 5 people, the Fire Risk Assessment does not need to be in writing but don’t forget that if something does go wrong, it may be difficult to prove that you have done the assessment if it is not in writing.