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Fire Risk Assessment - Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQ section is designed to help you with your Fire Risk Assessment questions; however please feel free to call us if you would like more detailed information.

Why do we or my business need a Fire Risk Assessment?

This is now part of English law, under the "Fire Regulatory Reform Act 2005". If you have a HMO (House of Multiple Occupancy) property or ANY business premises which employs 5 or more persons, including part time staff, or you have members of the general public in the premises, you must have carried one out.

What is the Fire Regulatory Reform Act 2005?

This is a government act, introduced to improve the fire safety in the workplaces and all public premises. Each business is required to have a "responsible person" to monitor the compliance and fire safety.

What benefit does the Fire Risk Assessment give me and my business?

It identifies risk and helps you manage your operation, for the benefit of all managers, staff and members of public.

What sort of organisation or business needs a Fire Risk Assessment?

Any business premises with 5 or more staff or a public premises. This now includes communal areas to apartments and flats.

What does the assessor do during his visit?

Our assessor walks around the premises and takes time getting to understand your business and building; he will look at all safety aspects and regulatory requirements before compiling his detailed report.

How long does the surveillance visit last?

This depends on the size of the building but typically 1-3 hours.

Does the assessors visit, disrupt my business?

No, but the assessor does need to spend some time with the "Responsible Person" and have access to all areas of the building.

What do I get at the end of the Fire Risk Assessment?

You will receive a bound insurance approved (PAS79) document detailing all the findings and a list of recommendations.

Do I need a Fire Risk Assessment every year?

No, but you are advised to review the Assessment a minimum of annually; it is your responsibility to keep this document updated with regular reviews. We would always advise that this is incorporated with a review meeting with ourselves, which we will make a smaller charge.

If your question is not listed above, please do call us for a cost effective, professional and reliable service.

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