In favour of the question how often should fire risk assessments be reviewed, Generally according to the Regulatory Reform, it’s an official order that from 1st October 2006, it’s the responsibility of every property owner to carry out a fire risk assessment of their domestic and non-domestic properties.
As you all are well aware of fire risk assessment, that’s why you are here. So, today we are not discussing what fire risk assessment is and what its stages are. But instead, we will discuss the most asked question that people often ask. Being an expert in the fire safety and environmental services in London, we got so many queries about how constantly a fire risk assessment should be reviewed and the best practice.
So, in this blog post, we will explain when and how you should review your fire risk assessment. Therefore let’s get into the guide:
This is the most important thing that I want to discuss. And many people think that it’s easy to do a fire risk assessment and, therefore, they can do it by themselves, but it’s not true. A fire risk assessment should only be undertaken by a “competent person”. Now, by competent person, we mean the person that has experience and knowledge about how to tackle fire at the workplace.
You might have heard that “Little knowledge is dangerous”, and in case of a fire emergency, it can be deadly because little knowledge not only misleads others but can also make the situation worse.
Although the above heading is similar to this, this is something that we want to clarify from your minds completely. So, the direct answer to this question is yes, but only if you know how to carry out a fire risk assessment and have experience; otherwise, it’s a big NO!
We recommend you seek help from a professional assessor to have complete peace of mind.
Now that you know who should carry out a fire risk assessment, it’s time to move to the most asked question:
A good time for fire risk assessment is usually a year. Still, according to our years of experience, we have come to the result that the properties and buildings that were built in the last year 20 years for that, a fire risk assessment should be reviewed every two years and redone every four years.
Whereas the older buildings have higher risks; therefore, for them, the fire risk assessment should be reviewed after every year and redone after every three years. The ideal time for reviewing a fire risk assessment is usually 12 months.
Now, you might be thinking about why there’s a change of time in reviewing a fire risk assessment. Well, this is because of Asbestos. If you are not familiar with this term, let me give you a short introduction:
Asbestos is a type of fibre material that people used in early times in various things like blankets, building materialism ceilings and even in food production. The reason for using Asbestos in that excessive amount was its properties. They have the ability to resist the high temperature, so people in the old times used Asbestos to protect their buildings and properties from fire. After the early 1970s, when the adverse health effects began to show up, they were completely banned. , But the properties that were built before the 1970s still contain Asbestos; therefore, there’s a time difference in reviewing a fire risk assessment.
If you hire us, we firstly perform a detailed asbestos testing and survey of your property and then carry out a fire risk assessment. After that, our professional assessor will review your property according to the report.
As we have discussed the time duration when you should review your fire risk assessment, now we will discuss the circumstances under which you should review the fire risk assessment before a year are:
Yes, according to regulatory reform, it’s a legal requirement of every employer, owner and occupier to carry out a fire risk assessment of their property.
Practicing regular risk assessments of fire will make your property more secure. You can identify the potential fire hazards and people at risk and thus reduce the risk.
Yes, because a professional assessor will not give more security, but with his up-to-date knowledge, skills and behaviour, he easily copes with the changes that might be dangerous for you. Therefore, for a fire risk assessment, you should always prefer a professional person.
The purpose of defining fire risk assessment time is to ensure that the changes that are made in the property after the assessment follow the rules and regulations. The time that is defined for reviewing a fire risk assessment is like giving insurance to your property that, if you do not follow, will be dangerous for your business.
No, there’s no fixed time that is specified by the law to review the fire risk assessment, but the ideal, according to our experience, is 12 months.
So that was all from Fire Safety Risk Assessment side! We hope that this guide will be informative and helpful for you. If you still have any questions or concerns regarding the fire risk assessment in UK, please do not hesitate to submit a comment below.
Sabrina Harper nearly caused an accidental fire once in the kitchen that could’ve engulfed the whole house. She survived that experience and vowed to increase general awareness about fire risk. She joined Fire Safety Risk Assessment and has been trained as a professional fire risk assessor, which has allowed her to help countless people and households mitigate the threat of accidental fire that could’ve caused considerable loss of life otherwise.
The keen passion of Fire Safety Risk Assessment is to offer professional services, delivered in a timely manner. For all businesses, commercial premises & landlords, FSRA keeps your businesses safe controlling the risk of loss from fire hazards, asbestos risks and from legionella bacteria.