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Welcome to Fire-RiskAssessment.com, which aims to provide business owners and managers with online information and advice on a range of workplace safety issues that affect all business premises. This site does not sell any product or service, so the information provided will be unbiased as well as free. The information is provided as a free resource, not from the viewpoint of the fire authority, but as someone who has had to put into practice the requirements of the various pieces of legislation now in force. Having managed large public buildings for the last twenty years I have had to keep up with and act on duties placed on employers by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order and other such legislation.
While the primary purpose of the site is to provide a good understanding of the steps you need to take to carry out a fire risk assessment, you will also find online information on the actual legislation that requires us to undertake this and other duties, as well as a comprehensive guide to fire extinguishers, ratings and fire classifications. Other subjects covered include PAT testing, fire training, the use of fire consultants, emergency lighting, safety signage, disaster recovery plans and writing a health and safety manual.
While this site provides lots of information and advice online, and forms that you can download free of charge, it does not attempt to provide any 'off the shelf' fire risk assessment online. This is because you cannot automate the process of carrying out an assessment. I will provide the structure and information you need to make the process as quick and simple as possible, but ultimately it is important that you carry out the process manually.
Specific legislation referred to relates to the UK only, but all the general practices and procedures with regard to fire safety are good practice for businesses in any part of the world.
If you are responsible for making sure your business complies with health and safety law, I'm here to help. Having a Fire Risk Assessment in place is a legal requirement for almost all businesses in the UK, but it does not need to be an onerous task. The information on this site is an online guide that should provide all you need to be safe and legal without wading through treacle to get there.
Finding out what the law says and what it means in practice for your business can be very time consuming, so this site is about presenting the information you need to know in a straightforward way and easily accessible online. Fire-RiskAssessment.com is here to give you free advice and guidance (I'm not trying to sell you anything!)
You always have the option to use Fire Consultants to undertake the Fire Risk Assessment for you, but unless you have a particularly complex workplace, or can't spare the time, this site will give you all you need to carry out your own Fire Risk Assessment.
The reason you are looking at this site at all is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which came into effect in 2006 for England, Scotland and Wales (and 2008 for Northern Ireland). If you are wondering whether it applies to your workplace, I can tell you that it does, unless you work at home, offshore, in a field, in the air or down a borehole!
The Order says that the 'Responsible Person' (and I'm guessing that's you) has to undertake a Fire Risk Assessment, and if your organisation employs five or more people, you have to record the findings of your assessment. A Responsible Person is defined by the legislation as nearly always being the employer, where there is one, though it can include other individuals too. If you share a building with other organisations, the responsibility may be shared among several people. If you have responsibility for the other people in your organisation, it is safe to assume you will be the Responsible Person, even if others are too.
Over 70% of businesses involved in major fires either don't reopen or fail within three years.
That's a sobering thought isn't it? A fire is clearly a very difficult thing to recover from and something your business will definitely be a lot healthier without. We all have to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment because of the law, but it is actually just giving a structure to what we should all be doing anyway in the best interests of our businesses.
I've spent the last twenty years running large public buildings, and for all that time have essentially been taking all the actions that the new Order requires of us, apart from recording it in the new formal structure that the Fire Risk Assessment format gives us. It is basically what we should be doing anyway, and with a bit of guidance, the formal recording part doesn't need to hurt – particularly once you've done the Risk Assessment.
To find out how you can produce a Fire Risk Assessment by following a step by step process, go to the Fire Risk Assessment page.