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DO I NEED A FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT? 
 
The answer is yes. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 makes it compulsory by law for every business, even if you have only one employee, to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment. If you employ five or more people you are required by law to be able to produce a written Fire Risk Assessment on demand. 
 
Charity or voluntary organisations, contractors with a degree of control over any premises and landlords or managing agents of properties in multiple occupation (HMO's) will all require a Fire Risk Assessment. 
 
A FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT IS NOT OPTIONAL, IT IS OBLIGATORY BY LAW!!! 
 
WHO IS THE 'RESPONSIBLE PERSON'? 
 
The Order says that the 'Responsible Person' who is usually defined by the legislation as the employer, has to undertake a Fire Risk Assessment. If your organisation employs five or more people you have to record the findings of your assessment. A Responsible Person is defined nearly always being the employer, where there is one, though it can include other individuals too. If you share a building with other organisations, the responsibility may be shared among several people. If you have responsibility for the other people in your organisation, it is safe to assume you will be the Responsible Person, even if others are too. 
 
The responsibilities are: 
Fire Risk Assessment 
Fire Safety Policy 
Fire Procedures (such as evacuation) 
Staff Training 
Fire Drills 
Means of Escape 
Signs and Notices 
Emergency Lighting 
Fire Alarm 
Fire Extinguishers 
Fire Doors and Compartmentation 
 
WHO IS THE 'COMPETENT PERSON'? 
 
This could be an employee or an outside Fire Assessor consultant. Competence is demonstrated through sufficient training, experience and knowledge. A Competent Person must be appointed to carry out Fire Fighting duties (where appropriate), contact the Emergency Services, and assist in evacuations. 
 
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE A FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT? 
 
The purpose of our Fire Risk Assessment report is to make you aware of the required fire safety measures you may have to implement to ensure that all people on your premises are safe and you fully comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 there are three relevant notices that can be served on you should you receive a visit from the Fire Brigade, these are: an enforcement notice, an alterations notice and a prohibition notice. 

 
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