Fire Risk Assessment

In addition to fire safety installation and maintenance, Fire Guard Services also provide a full fire risk assessment service. These are carried out by our professional in-house risk assessors throughout Hertfordshire.

A fire risk assessment is a methodical and thorough fire safety assessment of your premises and the activities that you carry out. Based on the results of the risk assessment, we will be able to advise you about the degree of protection that your existing fire safety strategy, procedures and equipment provides to your premises, staff and customers.

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 Legislation

This Order regulates fire safety in a variety of non-residential premises, including commercial workplaces and common parts used in multi-occupied residential buildings (otherwise known as HMOs or “House in Multiple Occupation”).

Completing a fire risk assessment ensures that your company or commercial establishment adheres to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 legislation.

Under this fire safety legislation, the ‘responsible person’ for each premises must carry out an assessment of the risks of fire (or employ a certified fire safety consultant to do so). Reasonable steps must be taken to reduce the risk from fire and make sure staff, customers and the public can safely escape in the event of a fire.

The “Responsible Person” must be of sufficient competency to stand by their risk assessment in the event of a fire; and to defend it in a court of law if necessary.

This Order explains what it means by a “responsible person”:

(a) in relation to a workplace, the employer, if the workplace is to any extent under his control;

(b) in relation to any premises not falling within paragraph (a) —

(i) the person who has control of the premises (as occupier or otherwise) in connection with the carrying on by him of a trade, business or other undertaking (for profit or not); or

(ii) the owner, where the person in control of the premises does not have control in connection with the carrying on by that person of a trade, business or other undertaking.

Fire Risk Assessment Aims:


To identify fire hazards within a commercial establishment or multiple occupation property


To reduce the risk of fire hazards to people, premises and equipment


To advise on the legal fire precautions required within your property, building or commercial establishment

Fire Risk Assessment Reports - Detailed and Professional

Our engineers provide detailed risk assessment reports, complete with colour photographic-evidence documentation and a full advisory service. This includes advice on any fire safety remedial works required and a timeframe for carrying these out.

Upon completion, your risk assessment will need to be reviewed and renewed annually, to ensure that your establishment adheres to legal and legislative fire-safety regulations.

A fire risk assessment is a “live” document and should be regularly reviewed, updated and added to.

How Do We Carry Out Fire Risk Assessments?

Fire Guard Services five step risk assessment process includes:

Step 1 - Identify fire hazards

Step 2 – Identify people at risk

Step 3 – Evaluate, remove, reduce and protect from risk

Step 4 – Record, plan, inform, instruct and train

Step 5 – Annual review to ensure fire protection remains effective

While conducting a fire risk assessment, our fully trained and qualified assessors:

Record significant fire-risk findings

Make fire safety recommendations

Produce fire safety checklists

We assess the adequacy of structural features within your premises, including:

✓ Means of escape from an area, room and floor

✓ Means of escape (horizontal)

✓ Means of escape (vertical)

Fire safety signs and notices

✓ Warning systems including fire alarms and smoke detectors

Emergency escape lighting

Firefighting equipment including extinguishers

Senior Fire Risk Assessor

Fred Evans


Fred has over 30 years of experience working in the fire safety industry. Fred is a member of the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE). He is also trained by the Fire Protection Association (FPA) and Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH). A full list of Fred’s qualifications include:
– IFE member
– British Fire Services Association member
– IOSH qualified
– FPA qualified
– Alcumus SafeContractor
– British Fire Consortium member

Fire Safety Accreditations and Experience


IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety & Health) qualified


FPA (Fire Protection Association) qualified risk assessors


IFE (Institute of Fire Engineers) members

The British Fire Consortium - link to The British Fire Consortium website

Members of the British Fire Consortium

Alcumus Safe Contractor

Alcumus SafeContractor accredited


10+ years Fire Brigade experience

As a one-stop-shop for fire safety and protection, upon completing your fire risk assessment, we can provide all the fire safety products, equipment or services you require, including: