A 5 Step Guide to Choosing a Competent Fire Risk Assessment Company
Choosing the right fire risk assessment company can be a daunting task, but with the right information and guidelines it doesn't have to be.
In this guide, we'll explain the considerations you need to make when selecting a fire risk assessment company and provide a 5 step guide for evaluating different companies.
Identify what you need.
Before you contact any companies, it’s important to identify your organisation’s specific needs.
Consider what type of premises or property you need a fire risk assessment for, how large or complex the building or facility is, how much access the company will need during the assessment, and any other criteria that might be relevant depending upon your particular situation.
By defining these parameters, you can narrow down your list of potential companies and focus on finding one that meets your specific requirements.
Research potential companies.
Once you’ve established your basic criteria, the next step is to do some research into potential fire risk assessment companies.
Start by looking through online listings and directories to find companies that could be a good fit. Check customer reviews, ask around in networks, and contact industry associations for suggestions as well.
This will help you to compile a list of prospective companies and start narrowing down which ones might be right for you.
Check qualifications and certifications.
Qualifications and certifications are a vital part of selecting a fire risk assessment company.
They indicate that the personnel have been properly trained and understand all relevant legislation, regulations and standards. Make sure to ask potential companies what qualifications their staff members hold, and are they members of professional bodies such as the IFE (Institute of Fire Engineers) or IFSM (Institute of Fire Safety Managers).
Be sure to check authenticity of these documents before moving forward with any decisions which should also include relevant insurances.
Look into risk assessment experience and expertise.
Experience and expertise with risk assessment is just as important as qualifications.
Make sure the fire risk assessment company you select has extensive knowledge of fire prevention law and understands what needs to be done to keep your business safe.
Ask them to detail their services and experience, including how they identify risks, plan fire safety measures and produce reports.
Other questions to consider asking include whether they have worked in similar businesses before, how long they estimate the project will take and what type of legal guidance they can provide.
Reviews and references.
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential fire risk assessment companies, ask for references from past or present clients.
Ensure they are willing and available to talk to you before agreeing to work with them – this will give you an idea of their professionalism and the scope of the services they can provide.
Don’t forget to read customer reviews online, since these will help you form a more accurate picture of what it would be like to work with that company.