Most fires are preventable, with those responsible for workplaces, and other buildings to which the public have access, can reduce the risk of fire by taking action to adopt the right behaviours and procedures.
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, it is a legal requirement in the UK for a risk assessment to be carried out on almost all premises where people could be working. The team at B.E.S.T Ltd are fully accredited and trained by the West Midlands Fire Service to provide adaptive assessments for the most complex situations.
A fire risk assessment involves a physical inspection of the building to determine the adequacy of the existing fire precautions and the need for any additional measures. However, of equal importance to the physical inspection is a review of fire safety management in the organisation and consideration of the human factors – how people will respond to an emergency and whether they will take appropriate action.
There are practical limits to the extent of the survey and evaluation of the fire precautions. For example, in undertaking a fire risk assessment, we would not carry out detailed engineering evaluation or testing of fire protection systems, emergency escape lighting, etc. However, we would inspect such systems visually. Where appropriate, we would identify the need for any further engineering evaluation, which we would be able to carry out if required.
Similarly, the survey of the construction of the building would extend to readily accessible areas of the building only. We would not undertake destructive exposure. While we would inspect above false ceilings, where possible, this would be on a sampling basis only. Again, if we considered that a more thorough examination of such areas was necessary, we would highlight this to you.
In the case of a fire risk assessment aimed at satisfying the requirements of legislation, the objective of the risk assessment will primarily be the safety of the occupants of the building.
While some of the recommendations we may make could also be beneficial to property protection, we would not be specifically addressing this purpose or the objective of avoiding business interruption from fire. However, we do have the expertise to address these objectives, if required.
From 1st October 2006 The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order 2005 requires the responsible person of any non domestic premises to carry out a fire risk assessment, including measures to reduce or eliminate the risk of fire, and identify persons at risk where there are more than 5 employees, this includes part time and sub-contractual staff, such as cleaners.
Penalties for Non Compliance:
Inspectors can call into ANY building at ANY time and request evidence for fire safety and compliance to the regulations. If you do not have this to hand on the spot you could be fined or go to prison!
• Minor penalties can carry fines up to £5,000
• Major penalties can have UNLIMITED fines and up to 2 YEARS in PRISON
Excellent! Quite simply from start to finish - really easy process for our commercial EPC, pricing was clear and fair, the assessor was flexible about timescales and extremely polite whilst on site. Highly recommended service and certainly added to our trusted supplier list. Report turnaround was quick too.
Best Compliance has been working jointly with the community sector and Dudley Council to evaluate the energy efficiency of various buildings. They have demonstrated a detailed knowledge of building energy efficiency and where applicable have made practical recommendations as to how the efficiency could be improved. This process has helped to ensure compliance with Minimum Energy Efficiency standards, allowing the council to lease building to community groups, and community groups to deliver social value.
BEST Compliance Ltd always deliver first class standards and service. From their booking process, through to advice from one of their knowledgeable members of staff. BEST compliance keep you in the loop at all times. As an Estate Manager for a large retail firm, we hold a number of diverse properties, BEST Compliant were best suited to send an assessor and always deliver in turning around drawings, lease plans and EPC’s within a tight timeframe to meet our needs.
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Pleasure to deal with. Lets face it, who wants to pay for something from which you gain neither pleasure nor profit. However an EPC report is a legal requirement for the sale of a property so the pain of paying was reduced by the friendly and affable nature of both Andy and James. Thank you guys, will recommend you at any opportunity.
BEST Compliance undertook a Commercial EPC on our properties on Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton and we are delighted with the service they provided. They were pleasant, punctual and well-presented and showed excellent technical knowledge in terms of building construction, building services and energy efficiency. The Commercial EPC was provided in an extremely fast time frame and the aftercare was first class in all our requests and further questions. We would have no hesitation to recommend them to any other potential clients.
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