Life safety fire risk assessments (SP205)

UK legislation requires that for most non-domestic premises a fire risk assessment must be carried out and a fire safety plan implemented and maintained.

NSI companies approved for the provision of Life Safety Fire Risk Assessments are competent to provide this service. UK legislation emphasises the importance of preventing fires and reducing risk. The fire risk assessment is a cornerstone of the regulations.

According to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), who are responsible for collating fire statistics throughout the UK, there were 24,900 fires recorded in buildings (other than private dwellings) during 2010/11. These included retail outlets, restaurants, cafes and industrial premises. These fires resulted in nineteen fatalities and 1200 injuries. 

Anyone who is responsible for non-domestic premises is required by law, to ensure a fire risk assessment is carried out. Where an organisation employs more than five people or are 'licensed premises', a fire risk assessment must be documented. A fire risk assessment should identify any fire safety issues to enable 'premises management' to take suitable action to eliminate significant risk.

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