WHAT IS A FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT?
A fire risk assessment involves assessing a building's fire risk and making recommendations on how to make it safer, if necessary.
There is no need to prepare a fire risk assessment if less than five people regularly occupy the building. Hence, it is not always a document.
It is recommended, however, that fire risk assessments are always written, since that enables the findings to be communicated and ensures that the recommendations are followed.
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FIRE RISK ASSESSMENTS FOR ALL BUSINESS TYPES
The law requires anyone who lets out a property to provide accommodation that is safe and fit for the purpose. There is a body of legislation that specifically governs fire safety in HMOs.
A range of housing hazards, including fire risks, can be addressed by councils under the Housing Act 2004. The Act also specifies licensing requirements for larger HMOs. It allows councils to take control of HMOs where they seriously threaten the health, safety, and well-being of residents.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (2005) requires any person with some level of control over HMO (‘Responsible Person’) to – take reasonable steps to reduce risk from fire.
Ensuring anyone in the property can safely escape if a fire occurs. The ‘Responsible Person’ can pass the task to some other competent person (although the ‘Responsible Person’ retains the duty to meet its requirements).
The first step in meeting the legislative requirements is to carry out a fire risk assessment. This will identify the potential fire risks in the HMO and forms the basis for action to improve fire safety.
As part of the Regulatory Reform Order 2005, workplaces must conduct fire risk assessments.
A fire safety assessment is required if you have five or more employees or a licence for your commercial building.
Regulation has been made in this order to suit the needs of today's businesses and to regulate where necessary. It replaces most other fire safety laws.
In addition, the responsible person must ensure that people are able to escape safely from any premises.
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