Fire Risk Assessments 101 Guide
This Fire Risk Assessments 101 guide will give give you an understanding of Fire Risk Assessments.
You will also find out whether or not you need one, or need to update your existing one.
When was your last Fire Risk Assessment?
I’m asking this because Fire Risk Assessments are a crucial part of remaining safe and compliant.
It is important to keep your Fire Risk Assessment up to date, but how often does that mean you should have one carried out?
The reason I ask this is because we have a lot of customers ask when they need to update their FRA. This question is a fair one, as FRAs are required by law and therefore if it is not kept up to date, you will not be complying with the law.
If you’d like some further reading, here’s the Risk Assessments page of The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005:
However, if you’re like most people, you’ve got your FRA, but the killer question now is:
How often should you update your Fire Risk Assessment?
In most cases, your Fire Risk Assessment will need to be reviewed annually, however, this will differ between premises. For example, some places at high risk or with site specific requirements may need to be reviewed bi-annually, or even quarterly.
Fire Risk Assessments play a crucial part in keeping the building and the responsible person compliant.
If this is not you, please send this to the relevant individual. – You could be saving someone a lot of hassle or even more.
More Fire Risk Assessments 101
Information around FRAs can be about as clear as a glass of cloudy lemonade, so read on for more information on FRAs.
If you’re unsure about your fire risk assessment, head over to the link below, or get in touch for more information.
If you would like advice or a 2nd opinion, Our Specialist Fire Risk Assessor will be able to help, so this cloudy lemonade will become more of a crystal clear glass of spring water.
How do you know if you need a FRA?
You require a FRA if your building is active.
If your building has 5 or more people, you must then keep a written record of your FRA.
Who can carry out your FRA?
FRAs must be carried out by a competent person.
At this point you have two options, you may carry this out yourself, or employ a third party specialist to carry this out.
Ultimately, it is down to you to determine whether or not you are competent.
If you deem yourself competent, you are then taking sole responsibility for everything you have and haven’t put in your FRA.
We find that most would rather not take on that responsibility, and therefore employ specialists to do this for them. As they will most likely be more accurate and in depth.
We highly recommend you employ a specialist, particularly in larger premises.
An experienced specialist will spot risks that others might not, and in a larger building there will be a lot more risks.
Bear in mind:
If you’re renting your commercial property, you may find your landlord will ask for a copy of your FRA.
And the last point:
‘If changes are made to my site, do I need to update my FRA?’
If the operational purpose of your site changes, you must have your FRA updated.
For Example, in a school, when an IT classroom is changed to a science classroom.
There’s heaps more to say about FRAs but I’ve tried to keep this short and relevant to you.
If you would like to know more about FRAs, simply get in touch, my contact details are below, ask away.
Or head over to www.w-fp.co.uk/fireriskassessment/ for further reading.
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All the best,
PS. I hope you found this Fire Risk Assessments 101 guide useful. I would love to hear what you have to say about it. So please get in touch with any feedback you have. – Thank you!