There are new requirements that all building owners, landlords and occupiers should be aware of with regard to their existing or new fire protection systems.
The requirement of a “FIRE RISK ASSESMENT” has been the law since October 2006 for commercial properties including Landlords and Tenants, without an assessment you are not be legally compliant and your business is unlikely to be insured for fire.
A large number of people have decided to carry out their own assessments or employ a company who offer a basic service, this is totally acceptable however the question you have to ask your self for these scenarios is “DO I OR THEY HAVE THE EXPERTEESE” to warrant this reasonability or do you understand the “Fire Regulatory Reform Order”.
If you do not want the burden or feel you cannot be certain then you may want to leave it to the professionals.
There are Current statutory requirements for employers or persons who have control of premises to make specific Fire Precaution Provisions in respect of workplaces and other premises depending on the use.
The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1971 required adequate Fire Precautions being taken by the ‘responsible person’, and this original Act has now been amended by similar named legislation in 1997, now included in the Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
However, new legislation has been recently enacted called the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO), which becomes law in late 2006.
When this new legislation comes into force, building Fire Safety will be solely risk assessment led, therefore all businesses regardless of size will have to conduct a comprehensive fire risk assessment to identify;
Your Fire strategy therefore should be take all these responsibilities into consideration, the starting point of which is your ‘Risk Assessment’ which will be a legal requirement for all businesses.