Fire risk assessment – How often?
So you know you need to do a fire risk assessment – How often should they be done?
Most managers know that they require a fire risk assessment and also fire emergency plans. However, some may not know when assessments should be reviewed.
A very quick answer is:
- When there has been a significant change to the building, this is so any new risks can be identified.
- When there has been a significant change to work practices. This may be either changes in work patterns or numbers of staff, as this may affect the fire evacuation plans.
- After there has been a fire. Could this have been avoided and also what changes can be made to prevent reoccurrence.
- On a regular basis. We suggest that most FRAs are reviewed annually, so any minor changes to work practices can be reflected in the new report.
Who should carry out the fire risk assessment review?
If the workplace is small this could be carried out by a manager as the FRA is probably quite sinmple. If the assessor had found many findings it may be worth the assessor carrying out the first review. Some buildings are larger and more complex, so managers may choose a professional assessor to look at the building.
The fire risk assessor will carry out a review and highlight any new or existing significant findings. Any action required should be in accordance with timeframes provided by the assessor. This is so managers can demonstrate a commitment to fire safety in their workplace if the fire service visit the building.
Our fire risk assessment services
We can provide fire risk assessments that will be found suitable and sufficient by fire service inspectors. Our team provide PAS 79 and PAS 79 style reports to assist managers in meeting their legal duties.
Either call us on 0207 419 5001 or email us for more details of fire risk assessment services.