Fire Risk Assessments Overview - Legal responsibilities and UK Fire Legislation
Are Fire Risk Assessments required by law in the UK?
Other than domestic dwellings, most other premises in the UK need a fire risk assessment by law. See below for details of what constitutes non-domestic premises’. In England & Wales the relevant legislation is The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Similar legislation applies to Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Fire Risk Assessments in the Workplace
You must carry out a fire risk assessment in respect of a workplace, and keep it up to date. You must also keep a written record of your fire risk assessment if your business has 5 or more people.
What can happen if I don’t comply with fire legislation?
If you don’t comply with fire safety regulations, you can be fined or even be sent to prison in some circumstances.
Who is responsible for fire safety and 'the responsible person'
The person(s) who has control of the premises is known as the ‘responsible person’ for fire safety purposes in respect of a business, or in other non-domestic premises.
You are the ‘responsible person’ if you are:
- The owner
- The landlord
- The employer
- The occupier
- Have control of the premises. This could be, e.g. a manager or an agent who has control.
- Have paying guests
Sometimes there can be more than one ‘responsible person’, e.g. in shared premises, and in such cases they will need to co-operate and work together to manage their responsibilities.
What are non-domestic premises?
‘Non-domestic premises’ has a wide meaning and are:
all workplaces and commercial premises
all premises that the public have access to
the common areas of multi-occupied residential buildings
Am I allowed to carry out my own fire risk assessment?
You can carry out your own fire risk assessment but you need to consider whether you are competent to do it.
You also need to remember that if the fire risk assessment identifies any risks, regardless of who actually carried out the fire risk assessment, the identified risks still need to be acted upon.
Even if you use the services of a professional fire risk assessor, please be aware that the ‘responsible person’ still needs to be involved in the fire risk assessment process.
What Blackwood Fire can do for You
We carry out Fire Risk Assessment services for organisations covering a wide range of premises and workplaces in:
- Public sector
- Health organisations
- Care homes
- Garages & petrol stations
- Pubs & clubs
- Chapels & churches,
- Recreational & youth facilities
- and many other types of situation.
Our fire risk assessors have considerable experience and we offer a full and detailed survey of the relevant premises and present any findings and recommendations in a written report that will assist you in complying with relevant legislation.
The Areas Where We Provide Our Services and Products
Our services, including Fire Risk Assessment and Fire Risk Assessment Reviews, are provided primarily across Wales and the west of England, including the major cities of Cardiff, Bristol, Swansea, Newport , Hereford, Gloucester and the surrounding areas, but also further afield.
Contact us now for further information on Fire Risk Assessment, no matter how big or small or your requirements. All site surveys and quotes are FREE and without obligation.