UK Fire Risk Advisory Service (UKFRAS)
The UK Fire Risk Advisory Service (UKFRAS) undertakes comprehensive fire safety risk assessment to provide you with information and written documentation to make your businessfire risk and fire safety compliant.
We currently have 1000 clients across the UK, ranging from local councils to local cafes and can customise our pricing plans to suit the fire risk assessment and fire safety needs of any size or type of business.
We believe that prevention is always better than the cure, so our fire risk assessment procedures ensure that businesses are responsible, compliant with regulations and satisfy insurers.
We are an independent fire safety company offering advice and guidance in accordance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO) which is the principle legislation governing fire safety in the UK.
Our diversity is our strength, we are willing and able to undertake fire risk assessments of any commercial premises from offices to factories, or from schools to shops. No commercial site is too small or too large which is demonstrated by our multi-sector portfolio of clients.
We work across the UK and undertake fire risk assessment for any type or number of business premises, small or large. Fire assessment is carried out by a qualified fire risk assessor, who will ensure that your property complies with the requirements of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
You need a suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment if you are…
- Responsible for business premises
- An employer or self-employed with business premises that contains, or can contain, five or more occupants at any one time
- Responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business
- A charity of voluntary organisation
- A contractor with a degree of control over premises
- Providing accomodation for paying guests or tenants
Most businesses and organisations will have carried out some sort of fire risk assessment, or even sourced a third party provider to conduct this on their behalf, but these are still not always reviewed at regular intervals which is outlined in the RRFSO.
The Order states that a fire risk assessment should be carried out at regular intervals – of which annually is a great start point – or when significant structural work is carried out, renovations occur, or if there are major changes within the workforce we can help you plan and manage this.
Fire Awareness training is a basic foundation course designed to raise the awareness of fire safety in the workplace for your staff and occupants. the course is ofton included as part of a package annual awareness training including first aid, The course is designed to meet and comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and covers regulations, the fire triangle, evacuation, fire equipment, good housekeeping, the law, training requirements, calling the Fire & Rescue Service, fire doors, smoke alarms, risk assessing and precautions.
Depending on the age of the pupils, schools can be populated with what can be considered “vulnerable persons”. Our assessors take children and their potential vulnerability into consideration and their findings and recommendations will ensure the safety of them at all times. Most schools are multi-storey so we can assisst with a suitable evacuation plan..
Within our diverse portfolio we already have a large number of schools and nurseries so our experience with this group of clientèle is vast. Generally, the findings in schools tend to be consistent so we’re well versed and trained in what to look out for. Schools are often have a large population within them at any one time, and as such require a sufficient number of trained Fire Marshals to control and facilitate an evacuation. We have a number of qualified trainers that can deliver Fire Marshal training courses for up to 12 people at a time
For your peace of mind and as part of our quality control, all of our assessors are all DBS vetted.
Care properties have unique risks in relation to fire and the safe evacuation of its residents and staff, ofton exaggerated by issues such as dementia and mobility. Our assessors are trained and competent to undertake comprehensive site wide fire risk assessments of commercial premises including residential care properties. They will identify fire safety issues or shortfalls in order to enable the “Responsible Person” (RP), to safely manage the property and protect the persons within from the threat of fire.
We have developed this course for anyone who requires training as a Fire Marshal to assist the Responsible Person in the evacuation of a premises and identification of fire issues. Fire Marshals are essential componants of any suitable fire emergency evacuation plan and once trained give valuble assisstance to the responsible person of any business. The course covers the latest fire safety regulations and the roles and responsibilities of a Fire Marshal. The course is designed to meet and comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. It covers all of the Fire Awareness course content as well as; how fires are started, methods of controlling fire spread, evacuating the building, risk assessing and mitigation against ignition.
Within the UK Landlords or managing agents are responsible for the fire safety of their tenants, which can be confusing and presents a daunting list of requirements of which UKFRAS can assist with. We understand issues from a wide array of rental properties ranging from single household occupancy to large HMOs or combined residential/commercial properties. Considerations include the nationality and range of potential occupier profiles (families, disabled or elderly people, drug abuser etc). Subsequently the remediation required will also need to be equally varied whilst complying with the RRFSO 2005 and other guidence. UKFRAS can assisst in ensuring that both your tenants are suitably protected from fire risk, and that you as the Landlord are protected from prosecution in fully undertaking your duties.
For existing residential premises the Housing Act 2004 applies: This Act includes Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), licencing for HMOs, management regulations for HMOs.With regards to fire safety, the main legislation is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO). This Order requires landlords to carry out fire risk assessments in the common areas of HMOs, flats, maisonettes and sheltered accommodation. A guide is available to help landlords carry out fire risk assessments (Sleeping Accommodation Guide).
The landlord or managing agent is responsible for fire risk assessments and the resolution of any problems identified by the assessment. That person has to either carry out the fire risk assessment, pass it on to a suitable employee or has to contract out the assessment and ensure that it is suitable and sufficient, which is where UKFRAS can be of assistance.
We undertake Fire Risk Assessments across the capital from a wide range of clients fititng in with there bespoke needs. Our assessors are trained and competent to undertake comprehensive site wide fire risk assessments of commercial premises. They will identify fire safety issues or shortfalls in order to enable the “Responsible Person” (RP), to safely manage the property and protect the persons within from the threat of fire.
We will identify non-compliance with the RRFSO & offer advice to rectify the issues. The advice will include the production of a bespoke fire risk assessment manual that will guide you through the rectification points and ensure your site remains compliant and the people within the buildings safe.
Our portfolio of clients demonstrate our diversity including organisations from the aviation, manufacturing, care, education, retail, local government, property management & the hospitality industry as examples.
Our coverage in the UK takes in the North West which is a valuable customer base and indeed is where we are based. We are able to provide bespoke fire risk assessments and provide very efficient turn arounds for the resulting report.
Our intention is to assist businesses by carrying out a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment on behalf of our clients. We will take into account internal layouts and the numbers of people present, e.g. small offices, shops or industrial units and where people can escape unaided. In buildings with complicated escape arrangements, large numbers of people or high fire safety risk processes will require a more robust approach and stricter control for which we are able to advise upon as necessary.
Our approach is that of common sense to both review and identify the hazards (what could start a fire and what could burn), followed by consideration of the possible effects of a fire on people using the building. The important thing is that the fire safety risk assessment is systematic to ensure that every part of the premises is assessed. Every room, space or area, especially those not often used, should be included and as such our comprehensive and bespoke assessments are an ideal tool in helping you maintain the fire safety management of your business and protect your staff and property. We will then produce a bespoke fire risk assessment manual that will guide you through the rectification points and ensure your site remains compliant and the people within the buildings safe.
The findings of the fire safety risk assessment should be used to prepare a fire emergency evacuation plan (FEEP). The plan should set out to include what to do in case of fire, identify the escape routes, where to assemble and how to contact the Fire and Rescue Service. UKFRAS is able to offer you assisstance in drafting such a plan on request.
Fire safety law can be complex and daunting in large buildings such as can be found in the retail sector however a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment will identify potential hazards that can then be managed.
The law does not impose hard and fast prescriptive standards however interpretation can often be confusing and as such UKFRAS can guide you through the legislation and help you fulfill your obligations as the Responsible Person (RP). one such obligation is the requirement for the RP to undertake a written record of the significant findings of the risk assessment. This is fore any business that employs five or more people and must be carried out. such businesses include part time staff and operations where the staff work in different locations for the same employer; such as a chain of three shops that has two employees based in each.
A written record is also required if there is any kind of licence in force such as an off licence with three employees, a village hall with a music licence or a fish & chip shop that has a licensed slot machine.
Put simply, if you are responsible for somewhere where people other than your family and friends can visit then fire safety law requires you to do a fire risk assessment and act on the findings. This is a technical and legal way of saying you should reduce the chances of a fire starting and think about what to do if a fire does start. If you employ five or more people or hold a licence for the premises then you must record the 'significant findings'.
We aim to to take away the confusion, improve the fire safety in your property and protect you against enforcement action by the Fire and Rescue Service for non compliance with the RRFSO 2005.
UKFRAS is full member of the Fire Industry Association (FIA) and is a member of the British Safety Council (member number S0417749-CH659BF). Each individual assessor is a registered member of the Institute of Fire Protection Officers (IFPO). All employees are vetted on an annual basis under the DBS system and carry certification and ID.