A fire risk assessment is a fire prevention process undertaken by a competent person who carries out a systematic review of commercial premises to assess it for fire hazards. This includes the risk of fire, the likelihood fire could develop and the consequences in the event of a fire.
Fire risk assessments are unique to every building and designed to identify fire risk so that an action plan can be implemented to eliminate or reduce the potential cases of fire. It will identify, quantify and manage risk in order to protect people, buildings, assets and processes.
The fire risk assessment will be linked to building regulations and determine the category of fire alarm system required, as well as active and passive fire protection measures to be maintained.
All non-domestic premises and organisations employing five or more people, are legally obliged to have and maintain a fire risk assessment for their business. This has to be carried out by a competent person who is appropriately trained and cognisant of all legislative requirements.
At Ace, we believe fire risk assessments should be carried out by an experienced and qualified fire risk assessor (BAFE Accredited). It is your responsibility to ensure you have a thorough fire risk assessment that it is fit-for-purpose and up to date, and that fire safety policies and procedures are followed. This includes fire safety evacuation and compliance with BS 8629:2019 (design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of evacuation alert systems in buildings containing flats).
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