FRA (type 1, 2, 3 and 4) – Why? What we can do for you.

Risk AssessmentsAt Surety we aim to provide an unrivalled cost effective service when it comes to property risk management. We specialise in residential property, including retirement properties, offices blocks, communal buildings such as town and village halls and places of worship.

Fire risk assessments are required to fulfil the requirements of article 9 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005; which requires that “The responsible person must make suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to which relevant persons are exposed”.

Our realistic and pragmatic approach will provide you with a comprehensive workable document free of unnecessary clutter and demands, which will fulfil that requirement.

Fire risk assessment costs are inclusive of both the fire and general risk assessments; we do not make a separate charge for each, as we believe these are not mutually exclusive.

Common parts only (non-invasive): Type 1 fire risk assessment: will normally be sufficient for most properties, unless there is reason to suspect deficiencies in structural fire protection, and will be suitable for satisfying the requirements of the RRO.
Common parts only (invasive): Type 2 fire risk assessment covers the same areas as the Type 1, except that there is a degree of invasive inspection. At Surety we minimise damage by using an endoscope to view those hard to see areas. A Type 2 fire risk assessment is usually a one-off exercise, carried out only
where there is good reason to suspect deficiencies that could lead to spread of fire beyond the point of origin.
Common parts and flats (non-invasive): Type 3 fire risk assessment cover the communal areas as in a Type 1 assessment and considers the means of escape and fire detection within a sample of the flats. Going beyond the scope of the RRO (though not the scope of the Housing Act) this type of assessment may be appropriate for rented flats if there is reason to suspect serious risk to residents due to the age of the building or unauthorised alterations.
Type 4 – Common parts and flats (invasive): Type 4 fire risk assessment covers the same areas as the Type 3 assessment but is invasive like a type 2 assessment. This form of assessment would normally only be carried out on properties that are unoccupied (void) and will only be required in a very limited set of circumstances.

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GRA – Why? What we can do for you.

General risk assessments, these are done to identify any areas where possible improvements can be made to reduce the risk to stakeholders and show due diligence to insurance companies.

The Management of Health & Safety Regulations 1999, Section 3 requires those with managerial responsibility for premises have a duty to provide a “Suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health & safety of persons not in their employment”

Areas assessed include, but are not limited to, to the following:-

  • Vehicle and pedestrian traffic control
  • Building – Access & egress, building fabric, plant rooms etc.
  • Welfare facilities (if applicable)
  • People – Staff, general public, contractors etc.
  • Service supplies – Gas, Electric and Water etc.
  • Maintenance and security
  • Documentation, Procedures & First aid

Assessments are prepared in accordance with and referencing:-

  • The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • The Management of Health & Safety Regulations 1999, Section 3
  • Occupiers Liability Act 1957 & 1984
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