Fire Risk Assessment Services
UK Fire Regulations involve a legal requirement to carry out regular fire risk assessments to investigate, reduce and remove risk of fires starting. These risk assessments must be documented and combined with regular fire safety training. NIFES trained assessors are well versed in conducting thorough fire risk assessments, providing results in concise, digestible formats focused on tangible end-results.
What is a Fire Risk Assessment?
Fire risk assessments systematically evaluate various factors within a premises that may contribute to the likelihood of a fire starting or may become a hazard in the event of a fire, and what consequences there will be to the premises and its occupants should a fire occur.
Findings from conducting a fire risk assessment aid in identifying the people most at risk in the event of a fire, informing fire safety training and emergency planning and planning remedial works to remove or reduce risk.
Why do you need a Fire Risk Assessment?
Fire safety law changed in October 2006 with the introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This new legislation placed an emphasis on risk assessment and applies to all non-domestic properties as well as to the communal areas of HMOs or blocks of flats.
It is a requirement of the Fire Safety Order that all ‘responsible persons’ carry out a fire risk assessment of their premises in order to ensure the safety of employees and other ‘relevant persons’ for example visitors, patients, or customers dependent on the facility.
The risk of fire is an ever-present hazard in all premises. Therefore, as an occupier or employer, you need to understand the scale of the risk and any potential consequences should a fire develop.
NIFES Fire Risk Assessment Services
Our competent fire risk assessors have a range of fire safety qualifications including BEng & MSc Fire Engineering, Member of the Institute for Fire Engineers (IFE), Member of Fire Protection Association (FPA), the IFE’s Fire Risk Assessment Register and NEBOSH Fire Safety Certificates.
Our assessors have vast experience conducting bespoke fire risk assessments for a wide variety of clients with a range of unique premises and additional requirements, including:
- Healthcare institutions and care homes
- Schools, Colleges and Universities
- Public spaces including libraries
- Offices and commercial premises
- Hotels and guesthouses
- Residential blocks, HMOs and communal areas in domestic buildings.
NIFES fire risk assessment reports are produced to be user friendly providing a compliant and detailed fire risk assessment in accordance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. Risk based fire action plans allow for relevant works and actions to be recommended, prioritised and tracked.
West Berkshire Council – Fire Risk Assessment & Specifications for Remedial Works
West Berkshire Council required Fire Risk Assessments conducting for their portfolio of over 150 properties encompassing residential care homes, HMOs, leisure centres, offices, schools and more.
Appointing NIFES as their fire risk assessors, the project involved carrying out fire risk assessments across the property portfolio, producing risk ranked and prioritised fire action plans, and fire strategies for each building.
Following our report, NIFES then carried out a detailed specification and tender process for the remedial works required to reduce or remove fire risk from West Berkshire Council’s properties.