Responsibilities & Law
Veritas Inspections are deemed competent to provide support to the 'responsible person' within your business by identifying and resolving any deficiencies in the passive fire protection measures on site.
What is a fire risk assessment?
A fire risk assessment (FRA) aims to support the Responsible Person in ensuring the general fire precautions, as required under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RR(FS)O) are suitable and sufficient.
The Order requires the responsible person to carry out a “suitable and sufﬁcient” assessment of the risks on the premises.
What form the assessment takes will be dependent on the type and size of premises or undertaking concerned.
What is suitable and sufﬁcient for one premises will not be sufﬁcient for another.
It will be for enforcing authorities to determine whether they consider that the risk assessment is suitable and sufﬁcient, taking into account such factors as the nature of the building and the type of undertaking.
In each case the determining factor is likely to be whether ﬁre hazards have been reasonably identiﬁed, risk reduction and mitigation carried out and residual risk appropriate protection measures (including management arrangements) implemented or proposed.
Who are the responsible persons and what must they do?
The responsible person must make a suitable and sufﬁcient assessment of the risks to which relevant persons are exposed for the purpose of identifying the measures they need to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed on them by the Order.
The nature of the assessment will vary according to the type and use of the premises, the persons who use or may use the premises, and the risks associated with that use.
A risk assessment should be reviewed regularly by the responsible person to keep it up to date, valid and to reﬂect any signiﬁcant changes that may have taken place.
The responsible person must also keep a record if the premises are subject to any statutory licence, or if required by an alterations notice under the Order in relation to the premises.
Cost of fire to businesses
Preventing and containing fires must be an essential part of any business working within any type of premises, protecting the safety of users of the building must be the highest priority.
Once the immediate thoughts of ensuring everyone has managed to evacuate the building safely and the fire is out, the next consideration for any business is the financial cost.
The cost to any business after a fire can be a lack of continuity, data, working hours and replacement materials. If the fire is of a significant nature, then the costs to re-site employees and building refurbishments are very high and disruptive to profitability of the organisation.
Following a fire, buildings are investigated to determine if they are compliant with the relevant guidelines. If they fail this process, businesses may not be eligible for an insurance pay out.
Installing and maintaining meaningful active and passive fire protection systems on site will ensure a fire is not allowed to develop and spread unchecked throughout the building.
Regular Fire Risk Assessments and Compartmentation Surveys will ensure their ongoing compliance.