Fire Risk Assessment Services Oxford
Understanding Fire Risk Assessment – Why do I need a Fire Risk Assessment?
Fire risk assessment services in Oxford & Bicester. Organisations that employ five or more people are required by law to carry out documented health and safety risk assessments relating to various types of possible hazards.
MCFP is an independent, third party accredited company and certificated as a BAFE SP205 registered company, to carry out Life Safety Fire Risk Assessments.
This SP205 scheme was introduced to ensure the competence and reliability of a company, commissioned to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment. Our SSAIB third party certification, BAFE SP205, provides benchmark recognition of our company’s capability in providing high quality Fire Risk Assessments, by showing that we have the required technical and quality management competency, and that our assessors possess the relevant proficiency and knowledge.
MCFP are proud to offer this third party regulated, certificated quality service to our clients.
To comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, it is necessary to complete particular fire-related risk assessments. The evaluation considers all employees and any third parties that could be affected by a fire within your premises.
The Order removes the fire certification regime in England and Wales with fire safety now being based upon a risk regime.
- The main legislation in the UK requiring employers to undertake fire risk assessments are the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
- The process of carrying out a fire risk assessment is made up of several stages. These are as follows.
- Establish the objectives of the assessment.
- Look for the hazards.
- Decide who might be harmed.
- Evaluate the risks.
- Record the findings.
- Review the assessment.
- Employers are required to conduct fire risk assessments at work in order to determine the appropriate level of fire safety measures necessary to control fire risks.
If the person responsible for the fire risk assessment is not the employer, but the landlord, it is still the employer who is responsible for the workplace risk assessment of their (rented) part of the building. However, it is the landlord’s duty to carry out risk assessments for communal parts of the building. Basic fire training should be provided for all staff.
These objectives and the Order itself are supported by law, making it a legal requirement for all non-domestic premises to have a complete and current Fire Risk Assessment.
Responsibility for complying with the Order rests with the “responsible person”. In a workplace, this is the employer or any other person who may have control of any part of the premises, e.g. the occupier or owner. In all other premises, the person or people in control of the premises will be responsible. If there is more than one responsible person in any type of premises (e.g. a multi-occupied complex), all must take reasonable steps to co-operate and co-ordinate with each other.
If you are the responsible person you must carry out a Fire Risk Assessment which must focus on the safety in case of fire for all relevant persons.
Who Should Complete the Fire Risk Assessment? – Fire Risk Assessment Oxford
The Order states that to be compliant, a company is obliged to appoint a ‘competent’ person to carry out the Fire Risk Assessment.
The definition of a competent person is contained in the glossary of terms within the Order and is as follows, “a person with enough training and experience or knowledge and other qualities to enable them properly to assist in undertaking the preventative and protective measures”.
In the event of a fire, the content and quality of the Fire Risk Assessment, along with the preventative equipment and evacuation plan, will come under scrutiny from the Fire Officer, HSE, the Courts and your insurance company. That is why the Fire Risk Assessment from MCFP provides you with a framework to ensure that your business is fully compliant with the legislation and that you, your employees, and your business are protected in the event of a fire.
MCFP are qualified to carry out your Fire Risk Assessment, which will ensure you meet legal requirements.
This will involve a thorough survey of the premises and collation of Fire Policies, practices and procedures so that the full report can be produced and delivered electronically to the client. We will also help and advise you, how to become compliant if any shortfalls are identified.
How often does a Fire Risk Assessment need to be done? – Fire Risk Assessment Oxford
Your Fire Risk Assessment is a fluid document and should be reviewed on a regular basis at least annually, or if there any changes that take place within the premise to the fabric of the building, change of use, number of persons etc.
What will happen if I don’t have a Fire Risk Assessment? – Fire Risk Assessment Oxford
A Fire Risk Assessment is a legal requirement under the Fire Safety Reform Order 2005, so a company that does not have a Fire Risk Assessment is breaking the law, so is subject to fines or even imprisonment following inspections and /or investigations by inspecting authorities.