Fire Risk Assessment

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order Fire Risk Assessment

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the responsible person is required to undertake and maintain a fire risk assessment of their premises to ensure that any fire safety precautions in place are suitable and sufficient.

CHPKFE can provide detailed technical input and review of fire risk assessments, and we can also arrange for assessment of a wide range of buildings.

Five steps to a risk assessment:

Step 1 – Identify people at risk

Step 2 – Identify fire hazards

Step 3 – Evaluate the risk

Step 4 – Record your findings

Step 5 – Review and revise

Nearly all buildings except single private dwelling houses need to have a fire risk assessment. Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the assessment needs to be “suitable and sufficient”. It is good practice if it complies with PAS79, published by the British Standards Institute and it needs to be written by somebody competent to do so.

With the increased focus on fire safety following Grenfell, fire risk assessments are much higher profile. They may be requested for review at any time by the fire service who have enforcement powers, and fire risk assessments may also be requested by tenants, investors, neighbours and many other stakeholders. The Fire Safety Bill currently before parliament will widen the scope of risk assessments and require that they properly consider the fire impact of external walls and internal doors.

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