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Fire risk assessments

Our Fire Risk Assessments are not just a survey or a tick-box exercise but a comprehensive analysis of a building’s activities, occupants and human behaviour.

Workplace Law’s Fire Risk Assessments (FRA) are carried out in accordance with the PAS 79 recommended methodology and also consider the Fire Safety Risk Assessment Guidance documents, produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

A site-specific report will be prepared and presented in both a hard and electronic format. The information contained in the report will identify the scope and methodology applied to the Fire Risk Assessment, as well as the significant findings and any improvements necessary. The report will also include an action plan, which will give a specific description of any discrepancies along with a risk rating and suggested timescale for implementation.

We are also able to prepare (and include) Fire Emergency Plans and Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPS), which are written and designed specifically for your building. Where possible we will include photos, maps and room layouts to ensure that it is both user-friendly and easily understood.

Fire Risk Assessment process

Our Fire Risk Assessment process will specifically examine the following: 

  • Identification of any readily combustible materials and highly flammable substances in the workplace.
  • Any relevant information about the premises, its use, contents, occupancy, past fire history, etc.
  • The physical layout of the premises, including structures to prevent the spread of fire, emergency systems and accessible voids and risers.
  • Any sources of ignition that may cause a fire, or any sources of oxygen, other than the normal levels in air, which may assist combustion.
  • The actual likelihood of a fire occurring and whether existing fire precautions are adequate or need improvement.
  • Whether any staff or other people are especially at risk, and the consequences of a fire on everyone who could be affected (including neighbouring properties, public, visitors and fire brigade personnel).
  • Human reliability / behaviour in relation to fire safety.
  • Whether the current fire management procedures are adequate or need improvement.

Why choose Workplace Law?

Workplace Law provides a high quality, personal service at very competitive rates when delivering a Fire Risk Assessment, as well as any of our other services. We place great emphasis on the training and approach of our consultants, which gives you the reassurance of a thorough, competent and reliable service:

  • Our Fire Safety Professionals are highly qualified and are in possession of the NEBOSH Fire Safety and Risk Management certificate (or equivalent), as a minimum.
  • All of our fire safety professionals have a health and safety managerial background and therefore recognise the importance of developing a report with specific and pragmatic solutions. If necessary, we will advise on areas where fire precautions exceed requirements, which may enable significant financial savings to be made.
  • Ability to deliver a comprehensive range of fire consultancy services, including Fire Risk Assessments, Emergency Plans, Fire Safety Management Systems and a range of training programmes including NEBOSH Fire Certificate, Fire Warden and understanding BS: 9999.
  • Experience in delivering fire consultancy services to a wide variety of clients, including the Institute of Directors, Broadgate Estates, Trinity Mirror, Cambridge University, Royal Mail Group and Habib Bank AG Zurich, to name but a few.
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Benefits

  • As well as compliance with fire safety legal requirements and implementing a Fire Risk Assessment, we can help you create and maintain a well-run fire safety programme, which can lead to a reduced risk of fire starting, and should ignition take place it can reduce the impact of the risk to life, business and building damage.
  • A successful programme can also lower operating costs and insurance premiums, build employee awareness and improve morale by demonstrating that management is serious about fire safety.
  • Our comprehensive service not only covers Fire Risk Assessments and consultancy – risk assessments, management systems and emergency plans – but can also include staff training, meaning you only have to use one company for all your fire safety requirements; reducing time, costs and confusion.

Case studies

Kuehne + Nagel: Managing environmental risk

Workplace Law is delivering the training of Kuehne + Nagel environmental champions staff through a year-long programme –delivering the four-day IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management in a combination of elearning, in-house courses and as part of public courses at the Workplace Law Executive Centre.

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BNP Paribas Sustainability Estates Training Package

In 2012 Workplace Law was asked to develop and deliver a property management-focused sustainability training course for BNP Paribas Real Estate UK. This is a branch of BNP Paribas bank, which provides a number of property services including development, management and investment of property portfolios across the UK.

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Assisting Shelter: Implementing ISO 14001

Workplace Law was appointed in the final quarter of 2012 to assist Shelter with the implementation of an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS). Shelter wished to reduce its environmental impact, secure funding and make operational cost savings.

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Helping Chaps Ltd get CHAS accredited

"In 2009 Chaps Ltd recognised that it needed to improve its health and safety systems. We changed our Health and Safety consultants to Workplace Law in order to give us a fresh approach towards our management of health and safety and to gain specialist construction advice.

"By using their expertise and experience Simon and Maria have guided us into developing a health and safety system that has achieved CHAS accreditation and given our customers and principle contractor’s confidence in our management of health and safety. They have always been available to offer advice when needed and to provide independent site inspections and audits which are often required by our customers.

"Both Simon and Maria continue to support Chaps Ltd and have become an important, integral part of our Health and Safety Management System."

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Testimonials

"When reviewing our need for Employment Law Support, a number of companies were shortlisted and Workplace Law were chosen due to the professionalism and advice they provided. Since engaging with them they have proved to be an excellent ‘sounding board’, guide and always at the end of an email or call to give practical, commercially sound advice. The support given for a ‘handed over’ tribunal was second to none and a positive outcome. I’d recommend Workplace Law to any business that was looking for comprehensive, professional and sound employment advice." Caroline Lupton, Anson
"Having the Workplace Law Annual Support Contract in place provides our business with essential on-going day to day HR support in dealing with the wide range of personnel issues we face and in supporting our managers. As well as being legally sound the advice is both pragmatic and commercially focussed with an excellent response rate provided to our enquiries. All the HR Consultants in the team are approachable, professional and extremely capable in helping us work through the many diverse challenges we face to ensure that people are treated lawfully and fairly. The support ranges from day to day email and telephone advice to excellent consultancy service for more complex issues. We hope to be able to continue with this partnership well into the future and would have no hesitation in recommending the HR support that Workplace Law are able to provide to other businesses." Gill Baglin, Brewers
"We were very pleased with the way Workplace Law carried out our fire risk assessments in the College and hostels. They worked very closely with us throughout the process and produced a comprehensive set of risk assessments that met our requirements perfectly." Bob Smith, Magdalene College
"The proactive stance taken by Workplace Law CDM-C’s on our projects has created a positive attitude to problem solving between the design, delivery and client teams. In many cases our clients are introduced to the CDM regulations for the first time as ‘lay clients’ and need a high degree of hand holding to stay with the spirit and letter of the law. This could lead to costly delays in the works. This has proved not to be the case and all our key objectives are met." Mark Myers, The Harmsen Group
"On the whole I have attended many courses and undertaken a variety of qualifications over the years and this course has been by far the most valuable to me in terms of the knowledge, confidence and enhancement to my working capability and therefore fantastic value for money. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this course to anyone looking to develop their operational HR skills or for managers having to deal with front line people matters." Jennifer Caswell, Great Yarmouth Port Company
"I really want to thank Workplace Law for the fantastic work you have done on our highly complex project. I know it was not easy to gather all the sensitive information from so many people. Myself and the MD have read the report and are both delighted with the clear and easy to understand way the whole report is laid out. The recommendations were spot on and it certainly helped clarify the issues. I am sure we will be calling on your services again." Thank you. Karen Todd, ACS International Schools

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