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Fire Risk Assessment 

A fire risk assessment is an organised and methodical look at your premises, the activities carried on there and the likelihood that a fire could start and cause harm to those in and around the premises.

LESH perform Fire Risk Assessments in Nottingham, Mansfield, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Leicester, Derby, Loughborough, Lincoln across the East Midlands and Yorkshire.

 

What is a Fire Risk Assessment?

A fire risk assessment is an organised and methodical look at your premises, the activities carried on there and the likelihood that a fire could start and cause harm to those in and around the premises.

The aims of the assessment are:

  • To identify the fire hazards

  • To identify the people that may be at risk from the hazards

  • Evaluate the severity of the risk to those people

  • Determine whether the existing control measures are adequate

  • Implement additional control measures where appropriate

As part of your Fire Risk Assessment, we produce for you a plain English document that details all the above.

Who needs a Fire Risk Assessment?

A Fire Risk Assessment is a legal requirement. If you are responsible for a building, for example a employer, owner or occupier of premises that aren't a 'single private dwelling' (a private home), you need to make sure a suitably competent person completes a Fire Risk Assessment. It is your duty to identify fire risks and hazards in your premises and take appropriate action.

The Responsible Person must record all findings from their fire risk assessment, regardless of the size or purpose of the premises. This is a new requirement, effective from 1 October 2023. Previously this was only required for certain types of buildings. Responsible Persons must also record their fire safety arrangements. 

LESH can assign a competent person to perform an assessment in line with PAS79-1:2020 which will form the basis of your report and action plan to help you remain compliant and safe.

Who will check the Fire Risk Assessment?

The fire and rescue service. Inspecting fire safety in premises is part of their duty to keep people safe. If your premises isn't safe, or you haven't done a fire risk assessment, you may be fined. The fire and rescue service have powers to close your premises if it is deemed unsafe.

What is the process of a Fire Risk Assessment?

In basic terms there are 5 steps when conducting an FRA:

1- Identify the hazards

2- Identify the people at risk

3- Identify the measures needed to keep people safe

4- Record, plan, inform, instruct and train

5- Review your assessment

In some businesses the assessment process can get very technical, a large amount of experience and knowledge is required to complete a suitable and sufficient assessment. There is a lot of legislation and associated standard that need to be applied during the process. Although in some small extremely low risk businesses it may be possible to perform your own assessment, in most cases you should contact an experienced assessor, who is suitably qualified.

How much does a Fire Risk Assessment cost?

As you can imagine, it entirely depends on the size, use, hazards and complexity of your buildings and processes.

Our assessments start at £350 for a small unit / shop, but can be over £2000 for more complex higher risk locations.

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