of the Regulatory Reform (Fire) (Safety) Order 2005
Imposes on the responsible person the duty to implement the preventive and protective measures which have been evaluated in the risk assessment.
By virtue of this article, the responsible person is under a duty to ensure that general fire precautions are in place to ensure the safety of any of his or her employees or, of any relevant persons who are not his or her employees.
Fire risk assessments are required to be reviewed annually by law at a minimum.
Fire risk assessments are also required to be reviewed when:1
. Any material alteration has taken place to the building2
. Any significant changes in operations to the business are implemented3
. Any change of use or occupation to the building4
. Any change of directors or fire safety management to the building5
. Any intervals required by law and other codes of practice
The above list is not exhaustive and an suitable & sufficient fire risk assessment should guide your workplace or, residential premises in the required frequencies.What is an Fire Risk Assessment Review
Basically, it is a fire risk assessment.
It is called a review if you have had a previous fire risk assessment and the company visiting again are only providing brief guidance, termed as an review.
It could also be the company that conducted the original report are not returning and the client wishes to conduct their own internal inspection (review).
If the original report was thorough, then it may well be possible for the clients to conduct their own internal review if they are confidant and able to do so, utilising the original report findings and guidance, but only if certain areas have not changed, or, it is suspected that an full inspection is required by law, as briefly indicated in numbers 1-5 above or, your suitable fire risk assessment.
The majority of experienced and qualified fire risk assessors should basically conduct an full fire risk assessment inspection and provide you with a new and updated full report. This may be because a few simple things could have changed but were not advised to the assessor, affecting the original report and requiring further legal guidance, or simply because the premises requires an full inspection for insurance and life safety purposes each year, or if the premises are complex or the general public are permitted on-site.
Ultimately, the fire risk assessor takes all the legal responsibility for the contents of the report, so for an assessor to not conduct an full fire risk assessment report each year would require exceptional circumstances.
Such as, when an residential property fire risk assessment review of the communal areas can be conducted by the resident management company. An example would be the initial inspection was conducted and the remedial life safety and passive fire safety works were all completed. The following year, the visiting company confirmed this and provided an second full report reflecting these works and that your communal areas were now low risk.
It is now, the resident management company, with suitable procedures and guidance, can conduct their own internal communal areas fire risk assessment review. However, it is advised and appropriate, for another full fire risk assessment to be carried-out again by an external company every 3 years to maintain your insurance and of-course, peace of mind. Again, unless any of the numbers 1-5 above are conducted or your FRA report advises as legally appropriate e.g. stay put procedures or evacuation procedures updates and remediation required etc. to name but a few.How much should a Fire Risk Assessment or FRA Review Cost
An experienced & qualified assessor providing an suitable & sufficient fire risk assessment to HELP you pass local authority fire & rescue service audit or local authority building control audit or, an solicitor or bank audit, should cost as much as it costs to reflect the type, size & required information for your premises to pass such audits.
The overall cost may also reflect the knowledge & experience the qualified fire risk assessor may be willing to work for i.e. Time, knowledge & assistance provided varies for everyone. Some companies charge extra consulting fees to just discuss their reports, others do it as part of their service.Residential Premises
- Guide to Costs
An example of basic costs for an suitable & sufficient and professionally prepared fire risk assessment document costings example.
An 2-storey 6 bed HMO cost £ 350.00 + £25.00 Fire Officer Service Attendance
An 2-storey communal areas purpose built flats cost £ 350.00 + FOSA
An 2-storey communal areas converted house to flats cost £ 350.00 + FOSA
Expect to add £100.00 per floor (as further legal guidance is required).Commercial Premises
- Guide to Costs
These premises inspections and reports can vary considerably.
Example of recent inspection costs for legal: Fire Risk Assessment Reports:
The local Grocery Shop/ Store (single storey) outlet cost £ 350.00
The local Hairdresser/ Barber (single storey) outlet cost £ 350.00
The local Pub/ Restaurant (single storey) outlet cost £ 650.00
An Office Unit (single storey) outlet cost @ £ 400.00
An Office Block (Communal areas 2-storey) cost @ £ 650.00
An Office Block (Communal areas 2-storey) + u/g car park & roof) @ £ 950.00
An Factory (single storey) cost @ £ 1000.00
An Factory (multiple units - single storey) @ £ 1000.00 + TBD
A Place Of Worship/ Church & Facilities (single storey) cost @ £ 500.00
A Place Of Worship/ Church (multiple units & two storey) @ £ 1000.00 + TBD
An Residential Care Premises (2-storey/ 48 beds) @ £ 1500.00 = 1x site
An Residential Care Premises (2-storey/ 48 beds) @ £ 1250.00 = 5x per site
An Residential Care Premises (2-storey/ 6 beds) cost @ £ 650.00 = 1x site
An Residential Care Premises (2 storey/ 6 beds) cost @ £ 450.00 = 5x per site
A Nightclub (single storey) cost @ £ 500.00
A Nightclub (two storey) cost @ £ 1000.00Please note
Our reports are legally compliant, suitable & sufficient & have passed both fire service, local authority council, local authority building control, solicitor, insurance, bank & financial institutions assessor audits in ALL years (0 report failures since start of trading in 2005).
Our charges may well increase exponentially.
MG Fire Safety Group - Fire Risk Assessment or, Fire Safety Strategy Report and Local Council Authority, Building Control & Local Authority Fire & Rescue Services.MG Fire Safety Group
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