The Fire Safety Bill has had a successful Second Reading…
A mandatory requirement for a business with more than 5 paid or volunteer staff.
Covid 19 and FRA Requirements
Current movement issues and restrictions on site access are affecting everyone at this time, however, it must be understood that the requirements of the fire safety order and the need for ongoing risk assessment programs have not stopped, if therefore your site is due for a new FRA or an existing site that is due a return visit and review these works must still be undertaken.
Insurance issues notwithstanding, in the event of a fire or an issue with HSE/FRS you will still need to have dealt with all of the issues from a previous FRA and its action plan to ensure that both your insurance cover and your relationship with the enforcement authorities is not compromised.
Veritas is ready and able to help you, subject to upgraded RAMS procedures to ensure everyone is safe and protected as much as is practicable.
Please therefore get in touch in the event we can help
Steve Dilloway GiFireE & MIFSM.
What is a Fire Risk Assessment
A fire risk assessment (FRA) is mandatory requirement for all commercial business sites where more than 5 paid or volunteer staff either undertake work activities within the site or where risks are considered sufficient to undertake an assessment where a lower number of staff are engaged, also on sites where the site has a sleep in capacity: dormitories, hotels, hospitals and the like.
The purposes of the assessment is to identify any deficiencies within the life safety provision within the building and to help the client make appreciations of the corrective works that may be required to ensure both adequate levels of safety and, where required, compliance to the relevant British Standards.
The fire risk assessment must be undertaken by someone who is considered competent and under the 2005 fire safety order the building owner/management are required to assess the suitability of the assessor and incumbent contractor on the basis of their expertise and skills NOT cost – it is not recommended that the client undertakes their own assessment.
Do I need a Fire Risk Assessment?
The fire safety order or regulatory reform order makes a mandatory requirement for an assessment and an annual review (and in between the 12 months if the structure is changed or occupancy or use changes) the recommendations within the fire industry (BAFE) is that your choice of assessor should be made from the list of third party accredited and peer reviewed assessors who have been vetted to a high standard and are deemed competent to give the correct levels of guidance and information so that in the event of a fire persons can be safely evacuated from the building.
Why choose Veritas Fire Support for your FRA?
Steve Dilloway of Veritas is a BAFE certified assessor – also a Tier 3 IFSM registered assessor, a member of the FIA and sits on the FIA risk assessment council, and a background of over 20 years in life safety, preceded by 10 years as a commercial insurance broker.
Steve Dilloway GIFireE, the business owner, is also a Graduate member of the Institution of Fire Engineers.
To find out more about Fire Risk Assessments (FRA) download any of the documents below: