Fire Safety and Fire Risk Assessment
October 2006 witnessed the biggest change in UK fire safety legislation since the introduction of fire certificates in 1971. With effect from this date, a formal fire risk assessment will be needed for all non-domestic premises. This includes sites where fire certificates may previously have been issued as these will cease to be valid after this date.
Failure to comply with these requirements can result in a prison sentence of up to two years.
The Association of British Insurers suggests that 40% of businesses do not recover following a fire. The average cost of a fire in commercial premises in 2003 was estimated at £58,100. It has even been suggested that those without up-to-date and valid fire risk assessments will find themselves un-insured. So fire safety should be a priority for any business and a fire risk assessment should be undertaken on a regular basis.
It is important to note that these requirements differ from those of existing fire management assessments and will require a more detailed assessment of the building. Recent examples in the press have included schools with inadequate management plans which have been compromised by the removal of fire breaks and fire doors.
Thames Laboratories has been certificated by the Building Research Establishment to assist occupiers in complying with the Regulatory Reform Order (Fire) 2006 and produce appropriate fire risk assessments and advice.
Our Fire Safety services can help you carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain a fire management plan.
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