Fire Risk Assessments – Information & Guidance
A Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) is far more than just getting a piece of paper, it is a legal requirement for any premises which are used as a workplace, somewhere the public can access and any residential buildings with multiple occupation.
The FRA looks at the premises as a whole and takes into account potential risks and the effect on persons who may be involved.
It also ensures correct precautions are in place should a fire breakout, such as a fire alarm and emergency lighting systems, adequate and appropriate means of escape in case fire and firefighting equipment.
The FRA done correctly is not a simple task and if attempted by the occupier/owner/employer could take a considerable time and still not meet the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
If you have five or more employees, you need a written record. However, even with fewer employees, you still need to provide proof that you have undertaken a FRA.
When considering having a FRA carried out, like most products and services, price is the number one influence for most people, but when choosing an assessor to carry out your FRA other factors need careful consideration. Competency should be the most important consideration. You should always ask to see evidence of qualifications, experience and quality assurance.
All our assessors are ex Local Authority Fire Safety Inspecting Officers with a wealth of experience, skills and training (Combine total over 125 years)
Prices for an FRA can vary significantly from a few hundred pounds to over a thousand, because there are many elements which will have an impact on the price you pay:
- Size of building
- Number of employees/people
- Use of premises
- Number of floors
- Risk level of processes etc.
- Vulnerability of occupants
- Sleeping accommodation
These determine how long it will take the assessor and how many risks they have to consider.
E.G. A FRA for a small local shop with low risks should not take too long and would therefore be at the lower end of the price range but, a large multi floor building with large numbers of employees and visitors and higher risks would be much more involved and therefore be significantly more expensive.
A cheap and cheerful FRA may seem like a bargain, but they may miss potential hazards, consequently resulting in failure to meet your legal requirements and unanticipated fire events, the saying regarding business fires “built up in 10 years, burnt down in 10 minutes” comes to mind.
If the price you are quoted seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Our FRA service, not only provides you with a professional FRA and recommendations to meet your statutory fire safety needs but, also a full Fire Safety Manual to assist you in managing:
- Emergency Action Plan
- Fire Alarm System
- Emergency Lighting
- Fire Extinguishers
- Fire Doors and Structural Means of Escape
- Staff Training
- Evacuation Drills
- Incident Records
- Fire Safety Inspecting Officer Visits
Please contact us for more information and one of our assessors will call you back to discuss your requirements in more detail.