Fire Risk Assessments

Conducting Fire Risk Assessments is an important part of the employer’s responsibility to ensure health & safety in the workplace. Fire Risk Assessments are a requirement under The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (2005) and play a critical role in measures to protect employees and business assets in the event of a fire incident.

A business will need to appoint a responsible person to carry out and review a fire risk assessments of the premises. During a fire risk assessment this person (and anyone there to assist them) will need to:-

  • Identify the fire hazards.
  • Identify people at risk.
  • Evaluate how to remove or reduce the risks.
  • Record the findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training.
  • Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly.

As part of the fire risk assessment, suitable emergency routes and exits need to be identified, as well as whether the following requirements are effectively covered:

  • Fire detection and warning systems
  • Firefighting equipment
  • The removal or safe storage of dangerous substances
  • An emergency fire evacuation plan
  • The needs of vulnerable people, e.g. the elderly, young children or those with disabilities
  • Providing information to employees and other people on the premises
  • Staff fire safety training

A written record must be completed if the business has more than 5 people.  The HSE (Health & Safety Executive) publishes a useful set of Assessment Guides covering a variety of different establishments and the specific procedures to undertake for each.

If you are concerned about being, or appointing, the Responsible Person, then it would be sensible to ask for professional help with your Fire Risk Assessment, including the need to create a policy and develop procedures for your building and occupants.

Surefire have exceptional experience and qualifications for conducting Fire Risk Assessments with options to suit every budget, as well as offering our invaluable online CloudCompliance tool to support your fire risk assessment requirements. Let us provide the expert help to keep your workplace safe.

Call Surefire to get our expert help in managing your fire risk assessments.

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