Why you need to have your fire risk assessment regularly reviewed

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Published: May 12, 2022

ISE Fire team signing document.

A fire risk assessment is necessary to create a fire safety policy in a non-domestic building.

It ensures that all risks are reviewed in order to protect the building and the people in it. An up to date fire risk assessment ensures that you have the best possible fire safety policy.

We’re going examine the reasons why you should have your fire risk assessment reviewed on a regular basis.

Regular fire risk assessments 

Here are just a few situations where you need to update your fire risk assessment regularly:

1. Something may have happened to invalidate your fire risk assessment

If you have experienced a workplace fire for example, your fire risk assessment may need to reviewed to check the validity. You will need to replace any equipment you used, such as extinguishers, and this will need to be considered in the assessment.

2. Change of circumstances 

Refurbishments and moving premises count as a change of circumstances and should be reflected in your current fire risk assessment. 

If you move, you will need to conduct a new risk assessment to identity the hazards in the new space and make sure that you have all of the equipment you need. When there has been a change in staff, you may need to review your assessment in order to alter fire safety training if necessary. Making sure that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire is of the utmost importance.

3. Workplace changes 

If there have been significant workplace changes to your building premises, such as layout alterations, it's likely that your fire risk assessment should be reviewed. In addition, if your workplace activities have changed, and your business now handles higher risk items than before, you'll need an updated risk assessment. 

We advise that you review your fire risk assessment document on an annual basis to ensure that it is still relevant for your premises. 

How much is a Fire Risk Assessment at ISE Fire?

There are a number of common factors which can impact the cost of your Fire Risk Assessment.

Costs can vary from approx. £295 – £600, depending on the size of business, employees, and much more. Fire Risk Assessments generally take 2-3 hours, but this is dependent on the size of your building and premises. Your Fire Risk Assessment report will usually be with you within 10 working days.

Check out our FAQs for other questions surrounding Fire Risk Assessments.

Who is responsible for completing the fire risk assessment?

The UK Government Fire safety in the workplace site has guidelines on who is responsible for completing the fire risk assessment on your business premises.

Anyone who has control over the premises is responsible for completing Fire Risk Assessments, whether that’s an individual or part of a team for one particular area.

For example, this could be:

  • An employer
  • The owner and/or managing agent for any premises
  • The person in charge of fire safety equipment
  • An occupier of a building, structure or user of open space where they control that premises
  • Any person who has control over any part of a premises accessed by other people

Get in touch 

Our highly qualified and experienced fire extinguisher and risk assessment engineer team ensure fire and safety with fire protection services with addressable fire alarm systems, fire extinguisher servicing and fire safety equipment for your office premises. In addition, we offer competitively priced fire warden and fire safety training for your workplace.

Call us on 01933 677125/01908 698880