"What is a Fire Risk Assessment" is the second most researched question on our website. Let's get to the bare bones -
A Fire Risk Assessment involves a physical inspection of the building to determine the adequacy of the existing fire precautions and the need for any additional measures. It is a process involving the systematic evaluation of all factors in the workplace, in order to determine:
An assessment is necessary in virtually all buildings in England and Wales, other than domestic dwellings, and a written record of the findings and actions must be kept if there are 5 employees or more. It is not carried out for property protection, but for life protection.
Carrying out the assessment.
The assessment process has 5 steps:
There are guides available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fire-safety-law-and-guidance-documents-for-business, and the checklist blow is also a useful tool.
Who can carry out the assessment?
In a nutshell any one can carry out an assessment, however if a business owner decides to assess the premises, he or she needs to be deemed current and competent in fire safety or appoint a ‘competent person’ to help, eg a professional risk assessor, if they don’t have the expertise or experience. If the Fire Service inspect the premises, they will expect to find a Fire Risk Assessment that is suitable and sufficient. If not, notice may be served and the assessment process revisited.
Is it worth avoiding professional help? Getting it done right the first time is always the best option. Engaging professional help means:
Nobody really expects a fire to happen to them - fires always happen to other people. Carrying out the Fire Risk Assessment is a start to the responsible management of fire safety in the work place. It not only helps you comply with the law, it will keep you safer and protect your property and business.
For further help or advice on fire safety in the workplace, call Fire Safety Specialists on 01246 434 314.