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What Is A Fire Risk Assessment?

What Is A Fire Risk Assessment?
What Is A Fire Risk Assessment?

A fire risk assessment will help you to identify potential fire hazards in your workplace and give you a sound foundation from which to put in place fire safety procedures to protect your business and employees.

Most businesses in the UK are legally obliged to perform a fire risk assessment of their workplace and if you have five or more employees you are required to record the findings of your assessment. The only businesses who are exempt include people who work from home or in the field.

A responsible person is required to carry out the fire risk assessment, this is nearly always the employer but could be a nominated person. It could even be group of people, for example several businesses sharing a workplace.

A sobering fact is that over 70% of business who are involved in major fires fail within 3 years – some never even re-open! That’s one reason why a risk assessment of the fire hazards your business may face is so important – if you know the risks you can fix them or at the very least prepare for them.

In it’s most basic form, a fire risk assessment will outline:

  • any potential fire hazards in the premises
  • who is at risk in an emergency
  • what actions need to be taken to reduce the risks
  • the steps required to make the premises safe

This should be expanded on depending on your personal requirements, for example if several risks are found you could use a traffic light system to identify the severity and urgency of each hazard.

Possible steps to be taken following a fire risk assessment include staff training, installation of a fire alarm system, new fire extinguishers, etc.

The assessment should be reviewed on a regular basis, usually annually, in order to identify any new hazards and to check if previous solutions put in place for hazards identified in the past are still working to the best of their ability.

There are many online resources to help you carry out a fire risk assessment in-house, most of which are free and will provide you with step-by-step guidance and forms to help you complete the assessment.

If you are not confident enough to carry out the risk assessment yourself, or your workplace is a particularly complex structurally, you might want to consider employing the services of a fire consultant. A fire consultant is a trained individual who is familiar with the latest regulations and technologies and should be able to carry out the fire risk assessment, present you with a list of recommendations, carry out fire safety training and provide you with any advice or guidance you may need.

Once you have a fire safety risk assessment in place you may need to purchase new equipment. Discount Fire Supplies stock a wide range of fire safety equipment, from comprehensive fire alarm systems to emergency lighting and fire signs. If you need any help choosing the right products, feel free to get in touch.

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