Fire Risk Assessments in Hampshire & West Sussex
At Elite Fire & Electrical Protection we carry out fire risk assessments throughout Hampshire & West Sussex. Virtually all businesses are required to have a fire risk assessment and failure to comply can lead to fines or criminal prosecution. Fires can cause injuries, loss of life and destruction of property and premises. A high proportion of businesses that have a fire never reopen so it is essential to make every effort to prevent a fire starting in the first place. Our fire risk assessments assess your business and premises, give recommendations and provide advice on reducing fire risks and keeping people safe.
Do you have 5 or more employees?
If the answer is YES, you need to have carried out a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment and have it recorded in writing.
What is a Fire Risk Assessment?
The main reason for carrying out a fire risk assessment is to identify the risk to life if a premises catches fire. The risk assessment will identify the risks which may be present, the controls already in place and make recommendations on ways to reduce the risks further (if required) to a tolerable level. A typical fire risk assessment will include an inspection of the premises and audit of fire safety precautions already in place. Normally this will include:
Ignition sources present
Flammable or hazardous materials
Sources of oxygen
Fire doors & means of escape
Fire fighting equipment
Fire safety training
Security & arson risks
Persons especially at risk
If you have a fire at your premises, will your staff get out in time?
Why do I need a Fire Risk Assessment?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 replaced and simplified various pieces of legislation. Prior to the Fire Safety Order premises were inspected and issued with fire safety certificates by the local fire authority. The Fire Safety Order removed this requirement and transferred the duty and responsibility for ensuring that premises are safe to the owners and occupiers. The Fire Safety Order states that the responsible person must make a suitable and sufficient risk assessment in regards to the risk of fire and that it should be recorded in writing if five or more people are employed. Apart from a few exceptions virtually all types of work premises are required to have a fire risk assessment.