​A set of guides have been produced by Communities and Local Government which will tell you what you have to do to comply with fire safety law. The guides help you to carry out a fire risk assessment at your workplace and identify the general fire precautions you need to have in place. They are designed so that a responsible person with limited training or experience should be able to carry out a fire risk assessment and make sure that they are meeting the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. You will need to take account of where you handle and store flammable substances and determine the necessary precautions to minimise the likelihood of them being involved in a fire.


If you read the guide and decide you are unable to apply the guidance then you should seek expert advice. The fire safety industry and professionals have been working together under the chairmanship of the Chief Fire Officers Association, to develop criteria against which the competency of those offering fire risk assessment services on a commercial basis can be assessed. On 1st February 2013, the Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council published the competency criteria and it's "Guide to Choosing a Competent Fire Risk Assessor" on the Fire Sector Federation's website  Click on the links to download A Guide to Choosing a Competent Fire Risk Assessor and the accompanying Competency Criteria for Fire Risk Assessors


More complex premises will probably need to be assessed by a person who has comprehensive training or experience in fire risk assessment. However, these guides may be appropriate for more complex, multi-occupied buildings to address fire safety issues in individual occupancies. The guides can be viewed on the Department of Communities and Local Government websites here.