Fire Risk Assessments

It is a legal requirement that all employers must carry out a Fire Risk Assessment. The assessment should be reviewed and updated periodically especially when there may have been changes to the premises or work processes. Wensley and Lawz can carry out an initial assessment or review and update an existing Fire Risk Assessment.

Areas of focus include:

  • Means of escape in case of fire
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Fire-fighting equipment
  • Fire evacuation procedures
  • Fire detection
  • Fire signage
  • Emergency lighting
  • Disabled access & means of escape provisions
  • Flammable substance storage facilities
  • Identifying combustible materials and sources of ignition
  • Fire separation
  • Fire records
  • Fire Training
  • Emergency planning

We will then provide you with an action plan and provide practical advice on how to implement any required changes.

Legal Requirements:

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 means that it is now compulsory for all businesses to conduct a ‘suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment’ of all premises and parts of premises.

The order came into force on 1st October 2006 and consolidates and supersedes all previous fire safety regulations meaning fire certificates are no longer issued (except in certain high risk establishments) or accepted as proof of fire safety compliance. The emphasis is placed on fire prevention through risk assessment. There are very few exceptions to the new legislation and you need to ensure that your premises have a fully comprehensive and up-to-date fire risk assessment in place.