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Fire Risk Assessment
Fire Risk Assessments for Businesses
The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (FSA) and Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO) apply to all business premises. It is a legal requirement for businesses and organisations to undertake Fire Risk Assessments in order to identify how to reduce or eliminate the risk of fire.
Types of Premises
Integrated Compliance Services have successfully assisted businesses throughout Scotland to adhere to their legal requirements of a Fire Risk Assessment. Types of premises we have worked with include:
- Factories and Warehouses
- Supermarkets, High Street Shops and Department Stores
- Restaurants, Pubs and Cafes
- Hotels and B&Bs
- Medical and dental practices
- Schools, Colleges and Universities
- Nurseries and care homes
- Sports centres and stadiums
- Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
- Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO)
It is vital to ensure that your Fire Risk Assessment is updated on a regular basis, ideally every 12 months. It is particularly important to do this if significant changes have been made to a premises or an organisation has increased its number of employees. It is also a requirement of some business insurance policies that regular Fire Risk Assessments are undertaken.
What’s covered in a Fire Risk Assessment?
- Fire and smoke detection measures
- Fire prevention measures
- Fire containment measures
- Fire hazards
- Storage and use of flammable materials
- Escape routes
- Emergency escape lighting
- Fire safety signs and notices
- Fire extinguishers and hose reels
- Systems testing and maintenance
- Resources for emergency services
- Fire safety management
- Training and drills
Who carries out the survey?
Fire Risk Assessors who are NEBOSH Fire Risk Management accredited. These assessors will survey accessible areas of a premises only and will not carry out destructive exposure. Integrated Compliance Services can arrange to get your Fire Risk Assessment carried out and will liaise with Fire Risk Assessors on your behalf.
Fire Risk Assessment Reporting
Integrated Compliance Services works alongside highly experienced Fire Risk Assessors who generate a Fire Risk Assessment report that will clearly detail all the actions necessary to ensure that fire risk procedures within the premises are up to standard and meet all legal requirements.
How often should I test water for Legionella?
It depends on the system that you have and the outcome of your risk assessment. For open systems, such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers and spa pools etc, routine testing should be carried out at least quarterly. However, there may be circumstances were more frequent sampling may be required.
For hot and cold water systems, which are generally enclosed, i.e. not open to the elements and significant contamination in the same way as cooling towers, microbiological monitoring is not usually required. But there may be circumstances where testing for legionella is necessary eg where there is doubt about the efficacy of the control regime or where recommended temperatures or disinfection concentrations are not being consistently achieved . Further guidance is available in HSG274 Part 2find out more