Fire Risk Assessment – Fire Safety & Risk Assessors
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The Basics Of Fire Risk Assessment Strategies
The Regulatory Reform Order 2005, which constitutes a list of fire safety procedures, requires all buildings where personnel work to perform a Fire Risk Assessment procedure. It is important to note that the commercial or non-profit character of the building does not change the compulsory status of the FRA (Fire Risk Assessment).
The legal penalties for not respecting the regulations concerning the FRA are rather harsh. Depending on the circumstances and the magnitude of the problem caused by an improper or absent FRA, the Director/Manager that is considered responsible can receive a substantial fine or, in the worst case scenario, serve jail time. Therefore, you can easily understand why ensuring that the FRA procedure is conducted properly by a licensed service is no laughing matter.
Potential consequences of ignoring the mandatory fire risk assessment
As previously mentioned, the implementation of the FRA is a necessary method of ensuring that the lives and health of all the personnel working in the building is kept safe from harm. Furthermore, the FRA also assists in mitigating the damage to the structure and the equipment on the premises, but this time to a lesser extent. Keep in mind that in case of a fire incident that spreads to the vulnerable storage areas containing company documents, the losses could be immense.
Replacing and restoring hardware equipment, furniture and other related expenditures can cumulate to hundreds of thousands of pounds. However, a properly performed FRA guarantees that the strategies and equipment required to control and contain the fire are in place, thus minimizing damages.
Legal repercussions of improper FRA procedures
It might seem convenient to have the FRA carried out by a service provider with no license, because they typically charge much less for the task. The problem is that not only do these contractors offer no guarantee on the quality of their work – which defeats the purpose of the whole operation – but you will encounter legal issues in the event of a fire.
You see, after the Fire Brigade is called in to put out the fire, they will always request the FRA documents attesting that the procedure was conducted by a professional. Since your company cannot present the proof, you will most likely be substantially fined by the authorities. While the fine may even be enough to put you out of business, keep in mind that the situation becomes worse if human lives were lost to the blaze. In this particular case, the responsible parties are facing serious jail time.
What does the FRA imply?
For any serious and of course, licensed emergency solutions service provider, the first step of the FRA consists of a thorough inspection of the premises. The representatives of the company you have selected will contact you to discuss the date of the inspection, in accordance to their schedule and the most convenient moment for you. The entire building, including the sensitive areas will be systematically analyzed in order to discover potential flaws and vulnerabilities.
Following the inspection, you will receive a full report detailing the safety equipment that is or isn’t up to code, missing security protocols and other aspects that require your attention. You should remember that the expertise of these professional guarantees no loopholes in the inspection, which means that you are legally covered in the unpleasant event of a fire.
The costs of the FRA procedure
Considering that all buildings are more or less different in terms of size, architecture, purpose, number of residents, etc. estimating the costs of the FRA beforehand is impossible. The inspection team should be able to offer you a quote for the services once you provide them the aforementioned details as well as any other related data they require.