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Improved guidance was eventually produced by the Government in the form of However, this guidance was still not definitive on the subject of fire risk assessment.
It adapted the five steps to risk assessment promulgated by the health and safety profession, but these did not fit perfectly to a fire risk assessment; the uncertainty continued.
The situation described above resulted in ongoing uncertainty as to what really did constitute a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment.
What should be included in the fire risk assessment? To what extent were measures to prevent fire required to be considered?
This led to difficulties for employers and their advisers. There was no specification for fire risk assessments, against which they could seek quotations from consultants.
Moreover, the deliverables of each consultant would be likely to appear entirely different; each might or might not be suitable and sufficient, but who was to judge and how?
In part, this situation arose from advice to enforcing authorities by the Government to adopt the lighter touch' in enforcement.
A number of other professional bodies have subsequently followed this lead and created similar registers.
It is a matter of public record that around 40% of applicants fail to achieve registration.
A PAS is a sponsored fast-track, published by BSI following consultation with key interested stakeholders and industry sector experts.
The benefit of publishing guidance on fire risk assessment as a PAS was that it can be produced much quicker than a full British Standard, so satisfying the urgency of the requirement for guidance.