Every commercial building and some residential buildings in the UK are subject to UK Fire Regulation Rules, Know as the “Regulatory Reform Act or Order 2005.
This means all buildings must have a Fire Risk Assessment, Fire Extinguishers and Evacuation Routes and Plans, and as the name suggest it’s been the case since Oct 2006.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, 2005 -effective 1 October 2006 - replaces or amends all previous fire regulations and laws - fire certificates are now a thing of the past and will need to be replaced with an up to date fire risk assessment.
Every building will have what is known as a “Responsible Person” this is quite literally the person responsible for the Fire Safety of the Premises, its most often the Business Owner, Health Safety or General Manager but can also often be, a caretaker, maintenance manager, landlord or even have shared responsibility.
What do we get with our Fire Risk Assessments?
We offer a full Fire Risk Assessment service; each Fire Risk Assessment can take anything from a day or several days on site and then a similar amount of time in administration. This is entirely subject to the size of premises and type of business.
Remember we are here to SUPPORT you and your business we will work with your Responsible Person, not just at the time of the Fire Risk Assessment but also throughout the year, we are always available for FREE advice and Consultation.
Fire Regulations can be complex, ambiguous at times and also sometimes contradictory we’re here to help walk you through each step and make sure your business, premises and your employees are properly protected.
For more information please fill in our contact form and a member of staff will call you as soon as possible.
Why is it important to observe the Fire Regulatory Reform Order 2005?
October 2006 witnessed the biggest change in UK fire safety legislation since the introduction of fire certificates in 1971. With effect from this date, a formal fire risk assessment will be needed for all non-domestic premises. This includes sites where fire certificates may previously have been issued as these will cease to be valid after this date.
Failure to comply with these requirements can result in a prison sentence of up to two years.
The Association of British Insurers suggests that 40% of businesses do not recover following a fire.
The average cost of a fire in commercial premises in 2003 was estimated at £58,100. It has even been suggested that those without up-to-date and valid fire risk assessments will find themselves un-insured.
So fire safety should be a priority for any business and a fire risk assessment should be undertaken on a regular basis.
It is important to note that these requirements differ from those of existing fire management assessments and will require a more detailed assessment of the building.
Recent examples in the press have included schools with inadequate management plans, which have been compromised by the removal of firebreaks and fire doors.
Here are some links to government sites, which you may find useful: