Fire Safety Legislation and Fire Risk Assessment
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2006 is now the primary fire safety legislation in this country and is enforced by local Fire Authorities. Under regulatory reform the government set out to simplify and condense fire legislation into one main Order. The Fire Precautions Act 1971 and the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 (As Amended) have now been completely repealed under the new Order
Fire certificates previously issued to larger offices, factories, shops and hotels now cease to have any legal standing. The requirement to undertake fire risk assessments within the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations has been carried over into the new Order, albeit with some amendments.
The Order does not apply to a single private dwelling but applies to almost all other premises including the common areas of privately owned flats. There are only a few exceptions such as modes of transport and the underground workings of mines etc.
A ‘Responsible Person’ is now made accountable for ensuring fire does not put lives at risk and not the ‘employer’ as previously laid down. There is now a legal duty on this person to undertake a suitable and sufficient assessment of the fire risks and to take such actions as are necessary to eliminate or reduce the risk and consequences of fire.
The Order requires the responsible person to put fire precautions in place where necessary, and to the extent that it is reasonable and practicable in the circumstances of the case.
THE FIRE SAFETY MEASURES FOR WHICH THE RESPONSIBLE PERSON IS ACCOUNTABLE INCLUDES:
Measures to reduce the risk of fire occurring and fire spread
Detection and warning in case of fire
Provision and protection of means of escape
Maintenance of facilities, equipment and devices necessary to safeguard human safety
Consideration of dangerous substances
Provision of information to employees
Action to be taken in case of fire including staff training
These measures also extend to suitable provisions in protecting fire and rescue service personnel should they attend to fight a fire in the building and measures to identify the effects of a fire on the local environment. The risk assessment should therefore be undertaken by a ‘competent person’ who has had sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities to enable him properly to implement the measures referred to.
Midland Fire are able to carry out a fire risk assessment for you at a competitive price. Our assessor is a former Fire Authority Inspecting Officer with many years experience and holds professional qualifications. During his service he attended the Fire Service College on the nationally recognised three month Specialist Fire Safety Course. Having completed well over 400 risk assessments to date he is extremely experienced in the field.
On completion of the assessment you will be given a bound document which will cover all aspects of fire safety in your premises together with the overall risk levels and an action plan which will recommend ways of overcoming any shortfalls within suitable timescales.
The risk assessment and resulting document will enable you to comply with the Order and ensure you remain within the law. Please contact us for further details and a quotation.