Your fire risk assessment
A fire risk assessment is a legal requirement for non-domestic premises under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
The responsible person (RP) has a duty to carry out a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment and identify the hazards that have the potential to put people at risk and then look at measures to reduce or eliminate those risks.
The Government Fire Risk Assessment Guides, highlight the fire risk assessment process as:
1. Identify the fire hazards
2. Identify people at risk
3. Evaluate, remove or reduce and protect from risk
4. Record your findings
5. Review and revise assessment
The significant findings of the fire risk assessment must be recorded if:
five or more people are employed
a license is in force in the relation to the premises, or
an alterations notice requiring the risk assessment to be recorded is in force.
Your fire risk assessment could be completed in house providing the RP is competent however, if the RP is not confident in completing a suitable and sufficient assessment it is recommended that a suitably qualified and experienced person completes the risk assessment on your premises behalf.
For additional guidance from Kent Fire and Rescue Service, contact your local fire safety office