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. 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.
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.
Rented Domestic Premises/Fire Risk Assessments
If you own, manage or operate a business, you will need to comply with fire safety law. The main law is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 or “the Fire Safety Order” which applies across England and Wales and came into force on 1 October 2006.
The Order applies to almost all buildings, places and structures other than individual private dwellings e.g. individual flats or family homes, and it is your responsibility to make sure your workplace reaches the required standard and employees are provided with adequate fire safety training.
Within the rented sector the obligation is to ensure that the requirements of the RRO are complied with and for those outside the provision of social housing (Housing Associations and Local Authorities) the assessments will need to be focused upon the common parts of premises. Further special arrangements are in place for establishments such as hospitals as well as residential care premises and sleep accommodation such as hostels refuges and HMO’s.
At Thames Laboratories we are able to provide assistance in complying with the requirements of the RRO. Please do not hesitate to contact if you would like any more information or would like to enquire about any of the fire services we offer.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRO) 2005 came into effect on 1 April 2006 and applies across England and Wales and will affect all non-domestic premises and certain activities taking place outdoors. Anyone who has some control over premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire. The regulations apply to all non-domestic premises. This means that owners, occupiers and employers all have responsibilities to differing levels within these requirements.
A number of guides have been published by Government to assist those dealing with fire risk assessments the guides cover a range of properties including sleeping accommodation, open air events, office and retail premises, places of assembly and other such as education properties. All the guides being designed to cover the wide and differing issues associated with these differing premises. At Thames Laboratories we have the necessary in house skill to be able to deliver fire risk assessments to a diverse range of premises in order to assist our clients in meeting the requirements of the RRO.