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Fire Risk Assessment

Fire Risk Assessment

SOA have years of experience in Fire Safety, last year alone we completed over 500 assessments across a wide range of industry sectors. The Fire Risk Assessment is just the starting point of Fire Safety Management at your premises; all other compliance needs to flow from this.

As stipulated by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, every commercial premises must have a full fire risk assessment carried out at regular intervals in order to identify and eradicate any potential fire hazards in the workplace. Any business employing five or more persons must record the findings of the risk assessment and act on those findings where necessary.

Our Fire Risk Assessments are designed to meet the specific requirements of your premises and will meet all the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

All our assessments are qualitative in design and format, following the 5 step risk assessment process as recommended by the Health and Safety Executive and the Employers’ Guide Published by the Home Office. Our risk assessments would also satisfy the recommendations of PAS 79:2012, the Publicly Available Specification – Fire Risk Assessments Guidance and a Recommended Methodology.

Using our extensive audit process combined with many years of fire safety experience, ensures that our clients’ premises are thoroughly assessed for fire risks to life, property and business continuity.

A full and detailed consultation is available following the fire risk assessments to discuss any significant findings and required actions to achieve a satisfactory standard of fire safety within the premises.

All our fire risk assessors are a minimum of NEBOSH Fire qualified and have real industry experience, many having years of service within the fire brigade, ensuring your fire risk assessment is both compliant and practical in terms of applying fire safety practices to your workplace. SOA Safety are the leading providers of thorough and compliant fire risk assessments to any type of premises, from schools, offices, flats, new builds and anywhere that provides sleeping accommodation.  Our team regularly review legal precedents, British Standard revisions and developments in fire safety legislation, meaning you receive the most up-to-date advice possible.

The benefits of using SOA:

  • Vastly experienced fire risk assessors; many of whom have served as fire officers in their respective regional Fire and Rescue Services.
  • Very detailed, yet clear report.
  • Clear, easy To understand risk assessment reports without compromising on the detail.
  • Practical and sensible recommendations.
  • Nationwide service coverage.
  • Demonstrating compliance to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

 

Contact SOA Safety for a FREE fire safety quote.

If, however, you prefer to complete a fire risk assessment by yourself, why not use our Free Downloadable Risk Assessment Form. This assessment form, designed for organisations in England and Wales, must be used in conjunction with the official fire risk assessment guides and be completed by a suitably qualified and experienced person. Please note that you are accepting full responsibilities for the correctness of your fire risk assessment if you are using the forms provided. If you would like to learn more about Fire Risk Assessments then out Fire Risk Assessment Course is an ideal starting point for you.

FAQ – Fire Risk Assessments

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, and the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the associated Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006 came into effect and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law. Almost all buildings, structures, and open spaces are covered by the Regulatory Reform Order. However, the Order does exclude residential buildings which are occupied by a single family unit.
A Fire Risk Assessment is required to reduce the chance of a fire occurring and to reduce the amount of damage that a fire can cause if it does happen. The assessment will also reduce the chance of death or injury to residents, employees and the general public in the event of a fire. The assessment will also reduce the chance of a fire spreading to adjacent buildings. You also need to have a fire risk assessment as it is a legal requirement for all buildings.
The guidance on this states that a fire risk assessment will need to be carried out at “regular” intervals based on the risk of the building. You should look at completing an assessment when there are any structural changes to the building, major changes in staff or a change in the function of the building. When the building changes ownership, you should also complete a fire risk assessment.
When there is a risk and it has not been managed correctly, the Fire Authorities will have a duty to enforce compliance with the regulations. When this happens, they will serve a notice on you. In the more serious cases, penalties can lead to a fine for each offence. There is also the chance of an unlimited fine or up to 2 years imprisonment for the responsible person.
There are a number of common factors which can impact on the cost of your fire risk assessment. The factors below will influence the price of the assessment as they determine how long the inspection will take and the potential risks involved.

  • Number of buildings
  • Size of the building or buildings
  • The number of occupants
  • The vulnerability of the occupants
  • Number of floors
  • Usage of the building or buildings
  • The risk level of the building or buildings
  • Sleeping occupants
  • Type of fire risk assessment required


When requesting quotations for a fire risk assessment, you will find that you will be quoted anything between £200 and £900 for a low-level priced premises.

A lone fire risk assessor can be cheaper and will charge between £150 and £200. However, they may not have sufficient backup or assurance meaning that hiring them can be taking a risk on service and quality.

At the other extreme, a branded fire protection equipment manufacturer will charge up to £900, and in most cases, you are paying more for the brand name and not quality assessment services.

If you’re quoted a price which seems too good to be true, then it’s likely that it is. Remember that a fire risk assessment is not all about getting a piece of paper. So, don’t look for ways to get cheap services. Instead look for quality services within your budget range. The problem with cheap assessments is that they might not be “suitable and sufficient” and likely to miss potential hazards. As a result, it may be hard to take the correct action hence leading to fire or prosecution.

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