In these very challenging times and in a post Hackitt world there is a need for some consideration and reflection on the quality and content of fire risk assessments that may be provided either direct by the client or via the incumbent contractor.
Now more than at any time since the introduction of the RRO in 2006 there is a need for the Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) provision to really be taken seriously and for comment and critique of an assessment that is clearly inadequate or insufficient.
With the user of a fully third party certified assessor both the client and the incumbent contractor have the very best chance of dealing with the issues that’s arise from the assessment that, under a BAFE/IFE audit would be considered fit for purpose.
Without the support of a TPC report the potential for risks to be missed or overlooked or not given sufficient impetus leaves both client and incumbent at risk.
From the perspective of the incumbent they should have the confidence to question the clients choice of risk assessor if not BAFE/IFE certified and from the clients perspective likewise if the incumbents Fire Risk Assessment provider is not also third party certified.
Can you really justify the risk of a long term relationship with a client without a qualified conversation over the Fire Risk Assessment and, the likely issues with insurance, fire brigade and other agencies if the assessment is poor, lacks depth and qualification of the issues.
Advise the client to follow the path you have chosen with TPC to ensure that they get the very best advice and your relationship with them is underpinned by the fact that the life safety system provision and fire risk assessment are covered under a recognised third party certified scheme.