Fire Risk Assessment
Improve building safety and maintain compliance with fire safety regulations
It is important to reduce the risk of fire to keep people safe in the workplace, because it can save lives and is your legal duty. This can be ensured by completing a fire risk assessment.
A fire risk assessment is about understanding the potential risks and improving your fire safety precautions to keep employees and visitors safe.
A fire risk assessment should be carried out on all types of buildings (excluding domestic residential property) to ensure compliance in England and Wales with The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 , in Scotland with The Fire Safety Regulations 2006 (Scotland) and Northern Ireland with The Fire Safety Regulations 2010 (Northern Ireland).
The onus is on the responsible person or duty holder for the business – which could be the employer or self-employed person, the person responsible for all or part of a building which is solely for business purposes, or a contractor with a degree of control over the premises for life safety.
Whilst awareness of workplace health and safety is on the increase, too many organisations are still not aware of their legislative obligations – which is why many turn to a third party partner such as Bureau Veritas to support them in achieving and maintaining compliance.
Fire safety systems are designed to help protect people and property. It is essential to have a management fire policy in place, supported by a thorough maintenance and inspection programme, to mitigate the risk and prevent loss of life or assets in the event of fire breaking out.