A statement we’ve heard several times is we don’t require a fire risk assessment as we use a serviced office and they carry out the fire risk assessment.

This is not true.

Every employer who employs five or more employees must ensure a fire risk assessment is undertaken and documented.

Where two or more responsible persons share or have duties in respect of premises they must cooperate with the other responsible person/s so far as is necessary to enable them to comply with requirement of the The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 .

In lots of cases an employer can use the fire risk assessment which the serviced office provider has had carried out as a basis for their own assessment. Though it is the employers responsibility to ensure their employees safety in the event of a fire.

If a serviced office was being rented on an ad hoc basis, for a quarterly sales meeting or to run a one day course, there would be no requirement to carry out a specific fire risk assessment as would be no different than renting a hotel conference room. Only measure would need to take is ensuring attends are aware of escape routes and action plan to follow in the event of an emergency.

If you need any assistance in undertaking a fire risk assessment contact Sky Blue Safety Ltd