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How often do you need to carry out a fire risk assessment?

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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.

What should a fire emergency plan include?

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Fire emergency plan

Managers of workplace have a duty to provide a fire risk assessment, but also require a fire emergency plan. There is a common misconception that this is how persons evacuate when there is a fire. A fire emergency plan details many fire safety issues relating to the workplace.

Government guidance provides an overview of the content of a fire emergency plan.  London Fire Brigade also provide good advice on their website.

Plan content

So what should you include in your plan:

  • The action to be taken when discovering a fire – This could include what to do when a person discovers a small fire and also a large blaze. This is because they action required will be very different.
  • Warning if there is a fire – This includes action to be taken on hearing the alarm and how to operate it. Also provide advice on what it sounds like.
  • Calling the fire brigade – Who calls the fire brigade if there is fire in the building.  In addition, is there a different person during out of hours periods.
  • Evacuation of the premises – This will include the normal evacuation plan. There must also be plans for  persons such as contractors, persons with disabilities and those working on their own.
  • Power and process isolation – Does equipment need to be shut such as cookers and also other machinery.
  • Place of assembly and roll call – Where is the assembly point and is there also another secondary point if there is a protracted incident?
  • Liaison with the emergency services – Where will the fire brigade be met and who meets them.
  • Identification of key escape routes – Detailed plans of floor areas so staff know where the nearest exit is.
  • The fire fighting equipment provided – This will include fire extinguishers but may also include suppression systems and sprinklers.
  • Specific responsibilities in the event of fire –  Some persons will have duties in the fire plan. These include fire marshals, the person calling the fire service and also evacuation buddies.
  • Training required – Who will be trained and also how often
  • Provision of information to relevant persons – Telling staff of the plan details and also other  persons such as neighbours or other tenants.

Do you need a fire emergency plan drafted for you?

Our team can help you draft a fire emergency plan so that you help meet your legal duties. Every building is different and so are work practices. Therefore fire emergency plans need to based on individual buildings and the risk in them.

Small organisations can produce smaller plans while larger businesses may need more complex plans. We have provided fire emergency plans for many different organisations. Our team can produce plans specifically for your building. This can often be done in conjunction with a fire risk assessment and therefore can minimise managers time with these issues.

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Fire risk assessments in London

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We supply fire risk assessments in London for small, medium and also large buildings. Our team provides either PAS 79 or PAS 79 style reports.

So, what is the difference between a PAS 79 and PAS 79 style report? PAS 79 is a public standard and many fire brigades audit workplaces and buildings to this standard. Therefore, some managers prefer to have this type of report. Others would rather have visual clues to levels of risk.

Our PAS 79 style fire risk assessments include the same information as the original version but also include a traffic light system for any findings. This allows managers can tell at a glance what level of risk there is in the building!

Our assessors have all undertaken the PAS 79 course when officers in the fire service.  They have provided over one thousand workplace assessments and lots of experience of fire safety. We also provide serving fire officers with advice on a regular basis.

If you need a fire risk assessment for your building in London, either call us or email for a quote or  advice.

We also provide fire emergency and evacuation plans and fire training. Furthermore your FRA findings and plans can be part of any staff  training sessions. You can view our  courses on the links page of this site.

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Fire risk assessments in residential buildings

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The Fire Safety Order 2005 requires for fire risk assessments in residential buildings and also workplaces.

Managers of workplaces will all be aware of the need to carry out a fire risk assessment of their workplace. Landlords or flat owners also require a fire risk assessment.

The common areas of residential buildings need to have a fire risk assessment. This includes internal common areas and also external areas. Furthermore, residential buildings with a balcony approach (covered area that is open on one side) will also need a assessment.

Buying and selling flats or homes

If a person is  selling a flat, a solicitor may ask for a copy of the building fire risk assessment. This will help assure the buyer that the building is safe and also not have to pay for future works.

Many sellers of flats leave this to the last minute, but an inspection and writing a report can rarely be done with six hours notice (One recent request!). Sellers should have the fire risk assessment carried out a month or so in advance. This allows time for the inspections, report writing and carry out any remedial works required.

Landlords duties

Just like employers, landlords have legal fire safety duties and must protect their building and their occupants. It is not just a case of having extinguishers; it is also about reducing fire risk.

Landlords are required to carry out an assessment in all parts of their building, this helps look for hazards and who is at risk. Furthermore, an assessment shows what needs to be done to remove risks.

Landlords must have at least one smoke alarm on each floor of their building. They also need a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel appliance. The landlord must make sure that these work at the start when a new tenant moves in.

There are also responsibilities on buildings that have no landlord. For example, a building with four flats and a common area. The four owners are all joint “responsible persons” and must meet legal requirements and maintain them.

For details of our fire risk assessments in residential buildings either call or email our team.

So who are fire risk assessment London?

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fire risk assessment LondonSo who are fire risk assessment London?

Fire risk assessment London is website for  City Fire Training Ltd who also trade as London Fire Risk Assessment Consultants.

Our team of assessors are all either former or serving fire officers so have a unique insight to what inspecting officers look for during fire audits. Our team deliver suitable and sufficient assessments for workplace and also residential buildings. By delivering PAS 79 reports, you can be sure that this will meets London Fire Brigade standards.

Established in 2009, our company has carried out over a thousand fire risk assessments in the London and also surrounding areas. The assessments have been for offices, factories, schools, care homes, public buildings, hotels and underground stations etc.

City Fire Training also provide a range of workplace fire safety courses and have trained thousands of staff. Furthermore, we produce fire emergency plans, evacuation plans and fire strategies for many different types of organisation. Our company is also an approved centre of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers.

How can you be sure your assessment will be correct?

Our assessors have undertaken the PAS 79 assessors course whilst serving in the fire service. They also have years of fire service experience as fire safety inspecting officers. Furthermore, some our team have worked for large national fire companies or have had their fire safety consultancies.

We provide a money back guarantee that your assessment will be suitable and sufficient or we will refund your monies. This offer is subject to any date reviews placed on the assessment.

We have many satisfied clients and are able to provide references for you on request. Please email any reference request to our team and we will provide pdf copies of some of our recent references.

We recommend that any person seeking a fire risk assessment should speak to a few suppliers. Ask questions about there services, experiences and qualifications. Our team are confident that we will meet your expectations and be able to provide a high quality service for you.

For more details about fire risk assessments, either call or email us.