The Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 came into effect on 15 November 2010 similar risk based fire legislation is in place in the Republic of Ireland under the, The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 & The Fire Services Act 1981.
The main requirements under the legislation include -
- Carry out a fire risk assessment for the premises over which you have control;
- Identify the fire hazards and risks associated with the premises, materials/substances, activities etc;
- Identify the people, or groups of people at risk and anyone who may be especially at risk;
- Remove and reduce the risks as far as reasonably possible;
- Put in place general fire precautions to deal with any remaining risks;
- Implement additional preventative and protective measures if flammable or explosive substances are used or stored on the premises;
- Develop and implement appropriate emergency procedures in the event of fire;
- If you have five or more employees, or require a licence or registration, you must record the significant findings of the risk assessment and any actions you have taken to remove/ reduce the risk;
- Review the risk assessment periodically or after significant changes in the workplace.
Steps involved in a Fire Risk Assessment (FRA)
- Identify the hazards;
- Identify the people at risk;
- Evaluate, remove, reduce & protect from the fire risk;
- Record, plan instruct, inform & train;
- The fire risk assessment must be reviewed.
Who is responsible for having a fire risk assessment in place?
- Person with overall management of a building;
- An employer with control of a workplace or self-employed with business premises;
- Person 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;
- Landlords (multi occupied buildings).
Elan Environmental can provide a comprehensive range of fire consultancy services including:
- A Fire Risk Assessment of your premises;
- Audit and update an existing Fire Risk Assessment;
- Provide site specific fire log book;
- Fire extinguisher training;
- Fire awareness training;
- Fire warden training;
- Disability access audits;
- Fire occupancy assessments;
- Safety statements and policies;
- Legislative fire consultancy;
- Auto CAD drawings;
- Building control submissions.
Registered by the Institute of Fire Engineers as a Fire Risk assessor (life safety) your fire risk assessment will be completed by a competent person. (As defined in the British Standards PAS 79:2005 Document).