The New Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRO)
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order came into force on 1st October 2006, extending the range of occupancies across England and Wales that will need to become familar with the concept of fire risk assessment.
The new legislation has simplified and brought together a wide range of existing fire safety regulations, though the requirement for businesses to have a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment carried out, by a competent person, will still remain. Legal responsibility for carrying out a risk assessment rests with the ‘responsible person’, who will usually be the employer or may be a manager of an activity in a building.
As legislation is unclear on the competency of the fire risk assessor, the responsible person will need to decide whether they, or a member of staff, have the necessary knowledge and experience to carry out a fire risk assessment in-house or whether external assistance will be required.
The fire risk assessment consultancy market is likely to become saturated with people having varying degrees of skill and knowledge, so how can employers, who are still ultimately responsible for the fire risk assessment, ensure that their choice of consultant is a good one in this potential minefield?
Register of Fire Risk Assessors
The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) has created a Register of Fire Risk Assessors and Auditors. It was appropriate for the IFE, as the leading professional body in the field of fire, to take this initiative to ensure that anyone having need of the services of a fire risk assessor can refer to the Register and thereby verify the credentials of their choice of assessor.
How we can help
Fire safety legislation, codes of practice, British and European Standards can be a struggle for a lay person already faced with numerous tasks and references. Wrongly applied, money can be wasted and standards not achieved.
We can help by carrying out a dedicated fire risk assessment on your behalf, and providing a report and table of management actions for you to follow, that would satisfy your regulatory responsibilities.
Fire Risk Assessments start from as little as £150.
Craig Herbert our Fire Safety Consultant is listed on the IFE Register of Fire Risk Assessors, therefore, should you decide to seek external assistance for premises under your control, he would be pleased to discuss a competitive rate for your individual occupancy, premises or property management portfolio.