07 Jul What is Fire Risk Assessment?
If you run a business, then you have a legal obligation to keep your building and employees safe. Luckily, fire outbreaks are relatively rare, but they can be devastating for a business if you’re not prepared. A fire risk assessment is part of your legal requirements as a business and they must be carried out on almost any premises where people could be working.
If you’d like to know more about what a fire risk assessment is, and why they’re so important, read on for our handy guide.
What happens during a fire risk assessment?
A fire risk assessment is an organised, thorough assessment of a premises and the activities carried out there. It will examine the building and determine the likelihood of a fire breaking out, possible causes of the fire, and the damage that it could do to the building and those working in it.
Most businesses will choose a professional third party to carry out their fire risk assessment and they will complete the process in five stages. The steps are:
- Identifying people at risk
- Identifying fire hazards
- Evaluating the risks and assessing whether existing fire safety measures are adequate
- Recording fire risk assessment information, such as emergency plans and providing training
- Reviewing fire risk assessments and revising where necessary.
Why are they so important?
Fire risk assessments are vital to ensure the safety of a building and its employees, and they’re also a legal requirement in the UK. This is under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in England and Wales, the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 in Scotland and the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 in Northern Ireland.
Under these regulations, a ‘responsible person’ (such as a facilities manager) is legally obligated to arrange for a fire risk assessment to be carried out and to rectify any problems identified. Failure to comply can result in substantial fines or even a prison sentence.
You should carry out fire risk assessments regularly (usually once every 12 months), or if there have been substantial changes to a building’s layout or how it is used.
If you’re in need of a professional fire risk assessment for your commercial premises, get in touch with the team at AK Fire. We have all the knowledge and skills required to carry out a competent assessment in line with all legal guidelines and we can also offer cost effective fire safety solutions. For more information or to book an assessment, give us a call today or visit our website.