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What is a Fire Risk Assessment and why is it needed?

If you're responsible for a building, it’s important to do all you can to reduce the risk of fire to keep people safe. It saves lives and it’s your legal duty.

What is a Fire Risk Assessment?

A fire risk assessment is a review undertaken of a building in order to assess its fire risk and offer recommendations to make the building safer.

What are the legal obligations?

The main legislation for fire safety is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRFSO) 2005. The order places duties on those who have control of non-domestic premises to have general precautions in place to prevent and control risks from fire. The order also specifies that all non-domestic premises employing five or more people must have a fire risk assessment carried out by a ‘responsible person’, with the requirement for regular reviews.

How to perform a fire risk assessment?

  1. Identify the fire hazards.

  2. Identify people at risk.

  3. Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks.

  4. Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training.

  5. Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly.

Who can conduct a fire risk assessment?

According to legal guidelines, a fire risk assessment must be conducted by a “competent” individual. A professional fire risk assessor undergoes lots of detailed training and is fully versed in all of the most recent guidelines and legal requirements, including how they should be applied to different kinds of buildings.

Our fire risk assessment staff are trained and regulated to make sure that your business remains fire risk compliant.

What is the risk of not having a fire risk assessment performed by a "competent" individual?

If you do not have a fire risk assessment and, specifically do not have the proper fire safety precautions in place, the penalty is prosecution that results in severe fines. The penalty can be a prison sentence in extreme negligence cases.

So why take the risk?

Would you like to know more about how Protest ES Ltd can help protect your business, staff, and visitors, thus keeping you safe and legally compliant with the latest regulations?

Please do not hesitate to contact us, by calling this number: 01604 696113 today. Or contact us via email:


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