The importance of a Fire Risk Assessment
Laws are strict for employers in all sectors as The Framework Directive (89/391/EEC) imposes obligations on employers to have the ultimate responsibility for the safety of their employees in case of fire, even where others have obligations in respect of the premises. The Fire Safety Order 2005 and Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 also present additional obligations.
If you’re responsible for the safety of others, you need to manage, prevent, or control any risks of fire, identifying and assessing the sources of that risk. This even includes risks presented by trespassers – for example, if poor security means someone can break in and a fire starts – there is a lot to cover!
You need to make sure a Fire Risk Assessment is carried out by a competent person/organisation and keep accurate records of the findings. A Fire Risk Assessment will vary according to the type and use of your premises, and the specific fire risks associated with them. This will involve a health and safety professional visually inspecting your site to identify hazards, and help you put measures in place to eliminate or control them. Our fire safety consultant will also check your records to review previous assessments, support you in undertaking the recommendations from previous reports, and help you identify areas that require improvement.
Our aim is not to pass or fail you, but to offer practicable solutions and recommendations in line with the current guidelines – we keep up with the changes to legislation, so you don’t have to worry about it. We also take pride in being unobtrusive while we’re on-site with you – so we’re not impacting your day-to-day operations.