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Fire risk assessment guidance

The Fire Sector Federation’s Competency Workstream hosts a range of guidance developed by the Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council to assist businesses conducting fire risk assessments.

These include a Guide to Choosing a Competent Risk Assessor as well as a set of criteria against which the competency of those undertaking fire risk assessments can be judged.

Guide to Choosing a Competent Fire Risk Assessor

This guide is intended to be an easy-to-read introduction to choosing a competent fire risk assessor.

Click here to download A Guide to Choosing a Competent Fire Risk Assessor

Most premises except private dwellings are required to undertake a fire risk assessment and put in place suitable measures to ensure the safety of people from fire. The
appropriate fire precautions are determined by the fire risk assessment.

If you are an employer, then you have a duty under the appropriate fire safety legislation to carry out a fire risk assessment. Similarly, if you occupy or otherwise have
a degree of control over any non-domestic premises (or if empty and you own it), then you are likely to have this duty.

This guide provides advice to help those with this responsibility (referred to as ‘duty holders’) to decide who should carry out a fire risk assessment so that the
premises will comply with the applicable fire safety legislation.

It outlines the appropriate knowledge and understanding of fire safety necessary to comply effectively with the legislative requirements; and the steps and precautions you can take to help verify the competence and suitability of any external fire risk assessor you may appoint to carry out a risk assessment on your behalf.

Competency Criteria for Fire Risk Assessors

Click here to download Competency Criteria for Fire Risk Assessors

While the duty holder in many premises will undertake a risk assessment themselves, some may seek the services of an external consultant (‘a fire risk assessor’).

This guide offers advice for those who want to use the services of a commercial fire risk assessor to enable them to access information on those with an appropriate level of competency.

The document establishes agreed, industry-wide,
criteria against which the competence of a fire risk assessor can be judged. These criteria will be used by professional bodies and third party certification bodies who register or certificate fire risk assessors and, by commercial companies providing fire risk assessment
services.