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Determining the level of risk

The risk based inspection programme forms part of the service’s overall integrated approach to management by prioritising the inspection of premises. To achieve this, the level of compliance with the FSO within a premises is determined by the carrying out of an on-site audit which will, on completion, apply a risk rating which not only reflects the compliance with the FSO, but also the potential for the loss of life or serious injury linked to occupancy type.

Where premises have a very high heritage value, community value or unique services value or where excessive environmental damage or fire-fighting difficulties would be present in fire, the initial risk rating is re-assessed on an individual case by case basis and may be adjusted to acknowledge this fact, both at a local and national level.