Fire safety is only one of many safety issues with which the responsible person must concern themselves with to minimise the risk of injury or death to staff or the public. Unlike most of the other safety concerns, fire has the potential to injure or kill large numbers of people very quickly.
Guidance on Fire Risk Assessor competency
Good management of fire safety is essential to ensure that fires are unlikely to occur; that if they do occur they are likely to be controlled or contained quickly, effectively and safely; or that, if a fire does occur and grow, everyone in your premises is able to escape to a place of total safety easily and quickly.
The risk assessment that you must carry out will help you ensure that your fire safety procedures, fire prevention measures, and fire precautions (plans, systems and equipment) are all in place and working properly, and the risk assessment should identify any issues that need attention.
The following templates, documents and guidance accessible from this page will enable you to reduce the risk of fire in your premises and comply with your legal requirements.
The Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council has released a Guide to Choosing a Competent Fire Risk Assessor.
The guide is intended to be an easy-to-read introduction to choosing a competent fire risk assessor.
The Council has also published a set of criteria against which the competency of those undertaking fire risk assessments can be judged.
The documents can be found on the Fire Sector Federation website.
Business Sector Risk Review Reports have been created for each occupancy category.
The reports have been designed to highlight the loss history for each particular business sector, which in turn will help inform insurance and risk control choices and provide best-practice guidance.
Fire Safety Risk Assessments
The GOV.UK website has a series of guides, based on various types of premises, telling you how you might comply with fire safety law.