Fire Risk Assessments London
Our London fire risk assessments service team bring extensive industry experience to identify, risk-evaluate, remove or reduce potential life threatening hazards caused by fire risks in premises across London and the greater London area.
A fire risk assessment contains TWO parts:
PART ONE: The actual assessment of the premises for fire safety
The fire risk assessor will identify risk hazards and recommend safety precautions to evaluate, remove or reduce potential fire risk, and make sure the building is safe.
PART TWO: The list of requirements to be acted upon to ensure compliance with fire safety measures.
The fire safety company carrying out the fire risk assessment will provide a written document of potential fire hazards, including an assessment to identify people at risk.
Who needs a fire risk assessment?
A premises regularly occupied by fewer than FIVE occupants does not require the fire risk assessment to be written down.
However, it is recommended as good business sense, as well as fire safety management practice, for the risk assessment to always be available as a written document.
There are also circumstances where you will be required to have a written fire risk assessment – even if there are fewer than five regular occupants:
- When instructed by the fire brigade
- If a a licence is required for your premises
- When the main findings and actions to be taken must be recorded
Whilst not fire safety law, a written fire risk assessment is considered the easiest, clearest and most direct way for the fire risk assessment findings to be communicated, and to make sure all recommendations made by a fire risk assessor are carried out.
Fire Risk Assessment Compliance
Even though fire safety and fire risk assessments are mandatory for business premises in London and throughout England, nevertheless, landlords and property managers have a duty of responsibility to identify the fire hazards present in all residential rental flats and houses which can be critical – and not just those risks limited to HMOs.
Named “Responsible Person”
It is a legal requirement for every block of flats to assign an individual to be a named as a “Responsible Person” who is given the duty to manage the building’s fire safety.
Their task is to ensure that all relevant fire safety tasks are carried out, and any necessary action is taken to:
- Prevent the outbreak of fire
- Prevent death or injury
A “Responsible Person” has the duty to ensure that a valid fire risk assessment for a building is carried out.
They are usually:
- A small business owner – unless someone else from their business is given the duty.
- Landlord or managing agent of a block of flats of a tower block and blocks of flats. Alternatively, a member of the block’s Residents’ Association.
Responsibility will only cover common areas – stairwells and corridors. Residents are responsible for ensuring safety measures are correctly in place within their own flats.
Heavy fines or prosecution
Failure to comply with the Safety Order in London and across England could lead to heavy fines, or prosecution in the most severe cases, where notices issued to safeguard against fire risks have been deliberately and repeatedly ignored. Since 2017, fines for breaching the Order average around £27,500 according to a recent legal survey.
Fire Risk Assessment Review Services
DID YOU KNOW: Fire Risk Assessments must be reviewed on a regular basis.
Following an original assessment our London fire risk evaluators recommend an ANNUAL fire safety review, and a totally new fire risk assessment every FIVE YEARS.
Our fire risk assessors carry out extensive fire risk assessments and fire protection checks for:
- Significant alteration to a building’s purpose, structure or layout –or-
- Change in the type of building occupants
A building’s fire prevention plans, and potential for a fire risk, can be considerably impacted by alterations or change of use. A single fire risk assessment carried out one year or more previously may no longer be adequate to determine a building’s present fire safety risk
Why do I need a Fire Risk Assessment?
Following your fire risk assessment, there are legal requirements under the fire safety law to comply with the recommendations of the fire safety risk assessment such as, to prepare an emergency plan for an evacuation from the premises.
The fire safety order applies to:
- All non-domestic buildings in England
- Flats or Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
Risk assessment factors
Every fire risk assessment is unique to each and every premises under review. However, fire risk assessments contain a number of important factors that should be checked by a fire risk assessor:
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