Fire Gap Analysis

In the management of fire safety, gap analysis is the comparison of actual performance with potential or desired performance. If a company or organization does not make every effort to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 it may be subjected to enforcement action.

Gap analysis identifies gaps between existing fire safety provisions and management strategies against the applied enforcement criteria.

This reveals areas that can be improved. Gap analysis involves determining, documenting, and approving the difference between fire safety provisions and enforcement requirements.

Gap analysis uses the principles of fire safety benchmarking. Once the benchmarking expectation is identified, it is possible to compare that expectation with the company's current level of compliance. This comparison becomes the gap analysis. Such analysis can be performed at the strategic or operational level of an organization.

The organization must fill that gap in order to demonstrate regulatory compliance.

Gap analysis can identify gaps in fire safety compliance, by comparing existing fire safety provisions against applied enforcement criteria reveals the planning gap.

This represents a goal for fire safety activities in general and fire risk management strategies in particular.