The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
Since the introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 fire certificates are no longer issued. Instead onus falls onto the ‘Responsible Person’ to take appropriate action to prevent fire and protect building users in the event of a fire.
The First Step is a Fire Risk Assessment
First you must carry out a Fire Risk Assessment of your premises. Whether you have an existing fire risk assessment in place or not, we can help. It is essential that you keep the assessment under review and revise it where necessary. It is best practice to ensure your current fire risk assessment is updated periodically to encompass on-going changes in the building structure, relevant persons and other mitigating factors. If you have over five employees, this assessment must be documented.
Our BAFE SP205 Accreditation
Anyone can attempt to carry out a fire risk assessment, but in order to ensure you are using a competent provider you should be using a BAFE registered company who are BAFE SP205 Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment registered. Fire Safety Services are BAFE SP205 registered. See our certification page.
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What is BAFE SP205 Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment?
BAFE SP205 Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment registration specifies that organisations have the required technical and quality management capabilities and our risk assessment staff meet appropriate standards.
The scheme was launched in May 2012 and has been designed to meet the requirements of fire risk assessment providers large and small recognising that there are many individuals working as assessors. It is designed to give assurance to those commissioning fire risk assessments and provide confidence in the quality and relevance of the services being provided.
Fire Safety Services are one of a limited number of companies in the UK to have achieved this certification, which shows our continued commitment in providing ‘quality in compliance’ services to our customers.
Do I need a fire risk assessment?
Under the current fire safety legislation – The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the responsibility for fire safety in non-domestic premised is placed on the ‘Responsible Person’ or person having control of the premises who must make adequate provisions for the fire safety of their employees, visitors and any relevant persons including temporary, paid or unpaid staff. The legislation requires all employers to carry out their own fire risk assessment.
If there are over five employees, this assessment must be documented.
Are you the ‘Responsible Person’? If you are an owner, landlord or occupier of a business or other non-domestic premises, you’ll be responsible for fire safety. You’re known as the ‘Responsible Person’. In Scotland the term the ‘Duty Holder’ might be used, or ‘Appropriate Person’ in Northern Ireland, but they mean the same thing. The ‘Responsible Person’ may be prosecuted if they fail to comply with the law. As the ‘Responsible Person’ you have a legal responsibility to have a fire risk assessment in place. The assessment needs to be completed by a ‘Competent Person’.
How often do I need a fire risk assessment?
Whether you have an existing fire risk assessment in place or not we can help. It is essential that you keep the assessment under review and revise it when necessary.
All our fire risk assessments are carried out in accordance with the current legislation – The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (based on PAS 79 template) and is recorded on our on-line reporting software FCS Live.
Our fire risk assessors are Members of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM), NEBOSH certificated in Fire Safety and Risk Management or CPOA Diploma trained and Graduate and Members of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).
For evidence of our certificate see our third party accreditation page.
What do I receive after the assessors visit?
Following our fire risk assessor’s visit, a detailed report will be sent to you via our on-line software system called FCS Live. The report contains a comprehensive written report of observations, recommendations, photographic evidence, executive summary and action plan.
What is our Online Fire Risk Assessment Service?
We offer an on-line Fire Risk Assessment Reporting Software System called FCS Live accessible via a portal on our website homepage. The software system allows our customers to monitor, manage and plan ahead actions required from their fire risk assessment reports.
The portal offers a variety of benefits and makes managing paperwork hassle-free.
- View all FRA reports in one place
- Monitor, manage and plan ahead for all actions required in the FRA
- Creates a reliable audit trail
- Stay on top of budget control
- Provides an on-line logbook for all your fire safety paperwork
If you would like a free demonstration or require more information visit the FCS Live page.
What happens if I don’t have a fire risk assessment?
You have a legal responsibility to make sure your business and employees are protected from the dangers of fire.
In cases where a risk exists and it is not being managed, fire authorities have a statutory duty to enforce compliance with the regulations and they may serve a notice on you. In serious cases, prosecutions and fines can be imposed and a worst-case scenario is imprisonment.
See our prosecutions page to find out more about the latest cases.
Don’t risk the lives and wellbeing of your employees, visitors or the emergency services that may need to attend your site in the event of a fire. Avoid the serious disruption to your operations and the penalties which could be imposed under the regulations if you fail to do so.
Please call or email us today for advice!
*For a full list of acronyms and terms please see our glossary of terms.
Did you know you could be prosecuted if you don’t have the right fire safety strategy in place for your premises?
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