Fire Risk Assessment: Are You Meeting Your Obligations?

14/03/18

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Fire safety legislation states that a fire risk assessment must be carried out on all non-domestic properties by the responsible person or duty holder for the business. If your fire risk assessment is not up to date, your employees, visitors and property could be at risk – and your organisation could face a financial penalty for non-compliance, warns Bureau Veritas. 


Reducing risk


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. 


What is involved?

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.


A fire risk assessment covers a range of areas including fire detection and warning system, means of escape, provision of fire-fighting equipment and planning for an emergency. Training, fire risk factors, people at risk and maintenance and testing of fire safety equipment is also included. 


Why Bureau Veritas?

With a highly experienced and qualified nationwide team of over 60 fire safety experts, we offer third-party fire risk assessments to help improve safety, achieve compliance and reduce the risk of litigation.


Combining global expertise with a network of local experts, our team undertakes in excess of 20,000 fire risk assessments annually across more than 6,000 properties, offering complete peace of mind to our clients.


Find out more


To discuss your fire risk assessment or to learn more about our services, click here, or conact the Bureau Veritas team on 0345 600 1828 or email info@uk.bureauveritas.com.

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