If you are an employer or occupy or have some managerial responsibility over any non-domestic premises, then you will are probably legally obliged – as per the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – to conduct a fire-risk assessment.
Even if you do appoint an external fire risk assessor you, as the responsible person, can still be held accountable if mistakes are made. Although you are not expected to be an expert in fire safety, you should make reasonable checks to ensure that they are adequately qualified and experienced.
In small, low-risk premises you may be able to do the fire-risk assessment yourself, but if not and you are looking to employ someone else than it is wise to follow these steps.
For more information on fire-risk assessments visit the London Fire Brigade’s page on the topic.
Find out more about your legal responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 at FIREX International 2016, taking place at London’s ExCeL between 21-23 June. The education programme includes a presentation on Choosing a competent fire-risk assessor, which will take place in the Expertise & Guidance Theatre on 23 June.
This article originally appeared on IFSEC Global.