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Fire Risk Assessments

We provide this service to enable you to comply with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order. Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006 and the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 whatever is applicable.

We assess the premises fire measures that are in place to ascertain compliance. Should there be found to be a weakness in the measures employed, we make recommendations for improvement that will enable you to meet your legal obligations and continue to operate. We will implement a series of re-assessments to make sure the deficiencies have been corrected.

The frequency of assessments may vary depending upon the activity taking place within the building. Generally every 12-36 months is required but this maybe reduced should the building be ‘very active’ i.e. factories, or substantial life safety non compliance issues were identified by a previous assessment.

It is now a requirement that all businesses employing 5 or more persons must carry out fire risk assessments of all their premises. This can be done by a competent person within the owner/operators organisation or by the appointment of a specialist fire risk consultant. A 'competent person is defined as someone who has sufficient knowledge and experience or who has had training to enable them to identify fire hazards.

All previous fire certificates cease to have any legal status, and NO further certificates will be issued. The fire authorities will become the ‘enforcing body’ and may visit premises to ascertain compliance with the RR(FS)O. Failure to meet the requirements could result in a large fine being imposed or the implementation of a custodial sentence. Carrying out a fire risk assessment is recognised as part of the compliance requirements.

The responsibility to make sure that fire risk assessments are carried out will rest with the ‘responsible person’ Duty Holder. In the workplace this is the employer and any other person who may have control of any part of the premises, e.g. the occupier or owner. In all other premises the person or people in control of the premises will be responsible. If there is more than one responsible person all must take steps to work together. An employer can delegate the task of implementing a fire risk assessment but the responsibility will always remain with the employer/occupier/owner to make sure that this is done and any defects rectified.

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