A fire risk assessment should be an essential part of your business’s health and safety guidelines.
Since 2006, it is a legal requirement to have an up to date fire risk assessment in every workplace, and it has to be compliant with PAS79, a fire risk assessment template which outlines exactly what your fire risk assessment consultant should check for. This regulation doesn’t specify how often a fire risk assessment should be carried out, but it is usually recommended to have one annually, as well as any time there is a structural change to your building. Another occasion where it is mandatory to have one is in the case of newly hired vulnerable employees.
A fire risk assessment should be taken very seriously, as it is an assessment which can potentially save lives. Therefore, it needs to be well thought out and prepared.
It should be carried out in 3 steps:
Identifying people at risk.
Identifying possible fire hazards.
As a business owner or responsible person for the workplace, and according to the Fire Safety Order 2005, it is your legal responsibility to ensure your employees’ safety is maintained, and a fire risk assessment is the first step towards this. Additionally, you may designate employees who will be fire wardens. These employees should undergo a fire warden training, in order to help with fire prevention, and assist in case of fire. Thanks to an up to date fire risk assessment, these wardens will have a set of clear guidelines to follow.
If you’re unsure if your fire risk assessment is up to date, or if you think there have been structural or staff changes which would make an assessment necessary again, a fire safety expert from our team would be happy to help you.
If you would like RACAM to conduct a fire risk assessment of your business premises, get in touch today, we would be happy to help.
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