The ultimate responsibility for the adequacy of the fire risk assessment under the Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005, the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 rests with the responsible person or duty holder (which is normally a company or organisation), rather than with the fire risk assessor.
However, there has been enforcement action taken against fire risk assessors if the responsible person has been considered to have taken all reasonable steps when appointing an assessor, but the assessor has been proved not to be competent.
CIPFA Property has recently become accredited under the BAFE SP205 third party accreditation scheme to carry out Life Safety Fire Risk Assessments. Members of the assessment team are registered under the Nationally Accredited Fire Risk Assessors Register (NAFAR) operated by the Institute of Fire Safety Managers.
CIPFA Property has developed a highly efficient and cost-effective methodology for carrying out fire risk assessments in accordance with PAS 79:2012 Fire Risk Assessment.
This guidance and recommended methodology is a comprehensive Publicly Available Specification (PAS) that gives a nine-step structured approach and corresponding documentation for conducting and recording significant findings of fire risk assessments.
The nine steps include obtaining the relevant information, identifying the hazards, considering the appropriate control measures, and reviewing the fire protection measures, assessing fire safety management and much more.
Benefits of an assessment
The risk assessment that is carried out will help ensure that the fire safety procedures, fire prevention methods and fire precautions (plans, systems and equipment) are all in place and working properly and should also identify any issues that need attention.
The team can price and prioritise the issues identified to enable property managers to budget for the works and instigate any changes in management policies within the individual buildings or organisation that are necessary to comply with the legislation.
The use of the CIPFA Property team, in conjunction with the Fire Risk module within our AssetManager.NET software, will allow building managers to identify problem areas and prepare reports not only within individual buildings, but more importantly across a whole property portfolio.
For further information, an informal discussion, or if you would like to see some example reports, please contact us on T: 01244 394620 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org