Why do we need Fire Risk Assessments?Fire Risk Assessments

By law, all buildings; other than properties which are owned and personally used as domestic properties; have to have an up to date Fire Risk Assessment (FRA).


It is the responsibility of the Landlord or building owners to appoint a designated ‘Responsible Person’ (sometimes known as the ‘duty holder’), who must then ensure that an FRA has been completed and that it is suitable and sufficient to protect the lives and safety of any persons in or around the building.


As the majority of people are not fire safety experts; the Responsible Person will then need to appoint a ‘Competent Person’ to physically undertake the FRA.


What is a Fire Risk Assessment?

A Fire Risk Assessment is a detailed inspection of a building / facility, which is carried out by a ‘Competent Person’ to identify and evaluate, then remove or minimise any risk of fire.


The FRA should be carried out periodically to ensure continued compliance; or sooner when changes are made to the physical building or facilities, when there are changes to their use; when there is a fire or a ‘near miss’ or when there are changes to the number or physical capabilities of their occupants.


If the building normally has more than five people working or living in it, then the findings of the FRA must be recorded in writing.


The 5 Steps of a Fire Risk Assessment

1. Identify any hazards

2. Identify people at risk

3. Evaluate, remove or minimise risks

4. Record the findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training

5. Review and update regularly


fracs logoHow do I know that the Fire Risk Assessor is competent?Inst of Fire Safety Engineers LogoIFSM Logo

Our Fire Risk Assessors not only hold memberships of The Institution of Fire Engineers and the Institute of Fire Safety Managers; but are also individually certified under schemes such as FRACS (Fire Risk Assessors Certification Scheme) – an independent scheme operated by Warrington Certification (A World leader in the certification of fire safety professionals).