Mortgage lenders are now asking for a Fire Risk Assessment and an Asbestos Survey Report before completing the sale or purchase of a property!
Fire Risk Assessment
Our Fire Risk Assessment service engineers are also registered Fire Risk Assessors on the IFSM (NAFRAR) and Warrington UKAS (FRACS) registers.
You will not get higher standards anywhere.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) came into effect in October 2006 and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law.
The FSO applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). The law applies to you if you are:
- Responsible for business premises.
- An employer or self-employed with business premises responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes.
- A charity or voluntary organisation.
- A contractor with a degree of control over any premises.
- Providing accommodation for paying guests.
- The Landlord of a building.
Our Fire Risk Assessment service is available throughout the UK.
Our Fire Risk Assessors are all highly qualified and are either ex Fire and Rescue Service Officers or are still serving current Fire Officers. They have all attended and passed specialist fire safety courses at the Fire Service College.
Some of the premises that we fire risk assess include:
- Offices & Shops
- Premises that provide care, including care homes & hospitals
- Pubs, clubs & restaurants
- Educational premises
- Leisure centres
- Community halls & premises
- Places of worship
- Houses of multiple occupancy (HMO)
- Hotels & hostels
- Care homes
- Factories & warehouses
- Industrial units
- Shared spaces within flats such as hallways and landings.
Fire Survey of a new or change in use premise
We can carry out a Fire Survey of a new or existing property to determine for you what fire safety measures are required. A full and detailed report will be provided which will details the improvement works that are required. This could be used to determine if it is cost effective to take on a premise based on the works that may be required.
What does a Fire Risk Assessment involve? There are five key steps in a Fire Risk Assessment:
- Identify fire hazards– e.g., how could a fire start? what could burn?
- Consider the people who may be a risk– e.g., employees, visitors to the premises, and anyone who may be particularly vulnerable such as children, the elderly and disabled people.
- Evaluate and act– think about what you have found in steps 1 and 2 and remove and reduce any risks to protect people and premises.
- Record, plan and train – keep a record of what risks you identified and what actions you have taken to reduce or remove them. Make a clear plan of how to prevent fires and, should a fire start, you will keep people safe. Make sure your staff know what to do in the event of a fire and if necessary that they are trained for their roles.
- Review– regularly review your risk assessment to ensure it remains up to date and reflects and changes that may have occurred.
Do I have to have a Fire Risk Assessment?
Yes – The new law applies to EVERY business, and places a duty of care on the Employer, Occupier or Owner as the Responsible Person to appoint a Competent Person to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment of the premises. If your organisation employs five or more people or your premises are licensed or a Fire Service notice requiring it is in force, then significant findings of the Fire Risk Assessment must be recorded.
What if we don’t have a competent person to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment?
Don’t panic the law recognises that a lot of small and medium sized companies don’t have the time or resources to carry out fire risk assessments. This means that the law will allow you to employ a external professional who is competent to carry out the risk assessment.
Will I be fully covered if I have a Fire Risk Assessment?
Yes you will – You will be provided with a detailed written report which will show that your business / company has complied with the law and will stand up to scrutiny.
We can work anywhere in the UK.
Asbestos surveys are a requirement for all commercial premise and often are required when selling a property even if it is a block of flats or a house converted to flats.
We are able to complete an Asbestos Management Plan for your property.
All surveys will identify areas of potential asbestos which will be photographed and highlighted in a report.
We can complete Asbestos Surveys across the UK.
A discount rate can be arranged for both an Asbestos Survey and a Fire Risk Assessment.
Call or e-mail us for a quote today.