You do! If you are any of the following:
If you fall into any of the above categories and you are the person in control you are likely to be the Responsible Person.
A fire can spread incredibly fast and take hold as quickly as 30 seconds from initial ignition. Smoke spreads extremely quickly, between 15 and 90 metres per minute! Corridors and work rooms can quickly become difficult to negotiate within minutes.
The majority of companies don’t bounce back following a severe fire.
Each year, around 22,000 fires occur in workplaces around the UK. Common causes include:
Article 9 (1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that:
‘The responsible person must make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to which relevant persons are exposed for the purpose of identifying the general fire precautions he needs to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed on him by or under this Order.’
The purpose of a fire risk assessment is to:
The Fire Safety Order requires that you give effect to arrangements for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the preventative measures. These are the measures that have been identified in consequence of a Risk Assessment as the general fire precautions you need to take to comply with the Fire Safety Order.
You must record the above arrangements if:
The Fire Risk Assessment should be reviewed at least annually by the responsible person to ensure that it remains up to date or earlier if there is reason to suspect that it is no longer valid such as, but not limited to the following:
Our fire risk assessors are NEBOSH Qualified and hold a Fire Risk Assessment Qualification from the Fire Protection Association. We can carry out fire risk assessments in a wide range of premises, including manufacturing premises, shops, warehouses, industrial units, workshops, food manufacturers, church halls, shops etc.