What is Fire Safety?

Fire safety in the workplace should be a priority whatever type of business you have or however many people you employ.

Fire safety is a vital part of employers’ responsibilities for ensuring their workforce’s health and safety. Having the correct strategies and procedures in place easily minimises the risk of a fire emergency.


What is a fire risk assessment?

A fire risk assessment is a methodical assessment of a building to:

  • Obtain relevant information about the premises, including processes and occupants.
  • Identify the fire hazards present and assess the existing control measures of the identified hazards.
  • Formulate an action plan to address shortcomings in fire precautions to reduce the fire risk.

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Why do I need a fire risk assessment?

Organisations are legally required to carry out a fire risk assessment.

Fire safety law varies throughout the United Kingdom. The fire safety legislation that applies to the various jurisdictions are as follows:

  • England and Walesthe Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the “Fire Safety Order”), which requires that the responsible person, on whom the Fire Safety Order imposes requirements, make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to which relevant persons are exposed for the purpose of identifying the general fire precautions they need to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed on them by or under the Fire Safety Order.

  • Scotland – the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005. The Act requires that the risk assessment identifies any risks to the safety of the employer’s employees in respect of harm caused by fire in the workplace. Section 54(2)(a) of the Act also imposes a duty, on any person who has control to any extent of relevant premises, to carry out an FRA, and this FRA is required to identify any risks to the safety of relevant persons in respect of harm caused by fire in the relevant premises. further requirements in respect of the FRAs required by the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 are imposed by the Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006.

  • Northern Ireland – identical to those in Scotland but are imposed by the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006. Further requirements in respect of the FRAs are imposed by the Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010.

Who can undertake a fire risk assessment?

A fire risk assessment must be undertaken by a competent person. A competent person is suitably trained and qualified by knowledge and practical experience, and provided with the necessary instructions, to enable the required task to be carried out correctly.


“Praxis42 can help you set your fire safety strategy and deliver BAFE SP205 accredited fire risk assessments across your entire estate.”

Rob Sherman MIFSM

Director of Fire Safety - Praxis42

Praxis42 Rob

Praxis42 fire safety services

Praxis42 deliver fire safety services to a range of organisations including corporate (both national and international), SMEs, government, and not for profit sectors.

Our experienced, qualified team are:

  • BAFE SP205 accredited life safety fire risk assessors
  • NSI Gold accredited fire safety specialists applying FRAQS123; the NSI quality schedule for the applications of BS ISO 9001:2008 to NSI Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment process.
  • Registered on the Institute of Fire Safety Managers tiered Fire Risk Assessors register.
  • Work with ‘Responsible Persons’ or ‘Duty Holders’ to consider the range of hazards associated with the location and activities as well as current management arrangements, preventative measures, and emergency response.

Our fire risk assessments include prioritised recommended actions to enable compliance in line with relevant legislation.

As well as fire risk assessment, our fire safety services include risk management systems, fire evacuation plans, embedded fire safety software, personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEP) and general emergency evacuation plans (GEEP).

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