These approved companies are also BAFE SP205 registered providers and can help meet your fire risk assessment responsibilities. NSI audits ensure their competence to deliver this service.
The NFCC guidance includes simple steps and precautions to be taken to help verify the competence and suitability of a prospective contractor.
- Be satisfied that the fire risk assessor who carries out the work is competent. This can be demonstrated by them providing evidence of compliance with the competency criteria set down by the Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council (FRACC)
- Check that they have experience of working for your kind of business and premises.
- Be clear about the scope of the work to be carried out and ensure that the assessor is provided with access to all areas of the premises and with relevant information.
- Obtain alternative quotes – make sure they all cover the same scope, so you can draw a proper comparison.
- It is advisable to request references from previous clients in similar premises types; ask them if they were satisfied and if any problems were later identified by the Fire and Rescue Authority.
- It is advisable to ask for proof that they have sufficient professional indemnity insurance and to seek assurance that the contractor is impartial and has a complaints procedure.
- Keep and maintain records of the steps you took in selecting your fire risk assessor.