The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety)
Order came into force on 1st October 2006, extending the range of
business’s and building across England and Wales that will need to carry
out fire risk assessments.
legislation simplifies and brings together a wide range of old fire
safety regulations, though the requirement for businesses to have a
suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment carried out, by a competent
The responsible person must carry out, or appoint a competent person to
carry out a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment of the risks of
fire to their employees and others who may be affected by their work or
business. Those who employ five or more employees must record the
assessment and a formal record of any significant findings and remedial
measures which have, or may need to be, taken.
The competent person or fire risk
understand the relevant fire
safety legislation and Government Guide Notes;
have appropriate education,
training, knowledge and experience in the principles of fire safety;
have an understanding of fire
development and the behaviour of people in fire;
understand the fire hazards,
fire risks and relevant factors associated with occupants at special
risk within the buildings of the type in question, and
have appropriate training
and/or experience in carrying out fire risk assessments.
In carrying out the Fire Risk Assessment the assessor must have regards
to the following;
Are existing fire safety
measures within the premises adequate?
Are sources of fuel and
Is there adequate means for
detecting fire and giving warning?
Is there adequate means of
escape in case of fire from all parts of the premises?
Has adequate and appropriate
fire-fighting equipment been provided, and is it suitably located?
Is there an adequate testing
and maintenance regime in place for fire precautions within the
Have employees been adequately
trained in fire safety procedures within the premises and in the use
of fire-fighting equipment?
West of England
Fire Protection Ltd is able to help you with these requirements. Our
Assessor has over 25 years experience as a professional ‘Fire Prevention
Officer’ with the Fire Brigade – meaning that you can have full
confidence that you using the services of a ‘Competent’ person.