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Updated Fire Risk Assessment Standard

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PAS 79:2012 is now available to help you with fire risk assessment.

An updated version of the PAS 79 Fire Risk Assessment guidance has been released to include revisions based on changes made to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Published on 30th August 2012, PAS 79:2012 ‘Fire Risk Assessment: Guidance and a recommended methodology’ aims to be a comprehensive guide for anyone wishing to undertake a fire risk assessment on their premises.

Anyone looking to use this document will find documentation, including working examples, to help them examine and record findings for their fire risk assessment. It should be noted that PAS 79 is designed as an aid to fire risk assessment and must not be relied upon as a definitive guide for fire safety – users are expected to already have a good understanding of the topic.

Fire risk assessments are required by law for many types of commercial property, from offices and shops to factories and HMOs. They are not however required for single-family private dwellings although it could be said that the principles of fire risk assessment should be applied wherever people will be living and visiting regularly too.

A risk assessment is designed to identify fire hazards and areas for improvement, allowing the person responsible for the premises to develop a plan to make the property as fire safe as possible for anyone (including employees and the public) using the building. Fire risk assessment is an ongoing part of property management and should be undertaken at regular intervals to ensure the premises is fire safe and adapts to the needs of the building and it’s occupants.

The new PAS 79 supersedes PAS 79:2007 which should no longer be used. Revisions include a new competence standard for fire risk assessors, changes required in line with new/revised British Standards and updated technical content based on experience of the previous guide in practice.

Failure to carry out a fire risk assessment can have serious consequences including an increased risk of fire and large fines and/or court proceedings if discovered.

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