Fire Risk Assessments
Fire Risk Assessments
Our services for fire risk assessments
Our experienced Health and Safety consultants will come into your business to complete a fire risk assessment that will involve an assessment of the potential fire hazards throughout the workplace.
It is a legal requirement that companies have up-to-date fire risk assessments, this is where we can help!
The team will provide your business with an action plan tailored to your business, the plan will include recommendations for eliminating and reducing risks of fire.
By engaging with our health and safety service, you will be provided with peace of mind that your employees, assets, and building are protected by fire safety measures. Furthermore, you and your employees will have a greater awareness of the possible fire hazards.
Fire Safety assessments required:
- Fire Risk assessment
- Fire Drill Record
- Fire Escape Signage
- PEEP Assisted Evacuation (Personal emergency evacuation plan)
- PEEP Disabled Person
Fire risk assessments legislation
In Northern Ireland, fire safety legislation is governed by the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, and in Scotland, it is governed by the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005. Both legislations require that the responsible person for a non-domestic property carry out a fire risk assessment and follow it up by taking measures to avoid and mitigate the risk of fire.
Both legislations instruct that the responsible person should review and update the assessment frequently. Additionally, if a business is found to be non-compliant with fire safety legislation in Northern Ireland or Scotland, the business and/or company directors may be given severe penalties such as fines and imprisonment.
It is essential to carry out fire risk assessments correctly, this is where an experienced health and safety consultant comes in.
5 steps for carrying out a Fire Risk Assessment
- Step 1 – Identify potential fire hazards in the workplace.
- Step 2 – Decide who might be harmed and how.
- Step 3 – Access the risks and decide what precautions to take.
- Step 4 – Record what you find, make your employees aware, and make the required improvements.
- Step 5 – Review your fire risk assessment and update it when required.
Fire Safety Logbook
Download your fire safety log book.
Limiting the risk of fire
- Control Sources of ignition
- Limiting fuel for a fire
- Emergency plan
- Detecting and warning about fires
- Escaping a fire
- Fire safety signs
What is a fire safety risk assessment?
FAQs for Fire Risk Assessments
These assessments are necessary to identify potential fire hazards and evaluate the fire risk in the workplace. They must be complete to protect employees and other stakeholders that come in contact with the business’s premises.
The employer or building owner is responsible for ensuring a fire risk assessment is completed and kept up to date. A component person may also be appointed within the organisation to complete the assessment, such as a fire safety officer or external consultant.
How often Fire risk assessments should be reviewed varies on a range of factors, including changes in the workplace, incidents or near-misses occur, or when new equipment or processes are being implemented. It is advised for the assessment to be reviewed annually and updated where necessary, alternatively if any significant changes happen, they must be reviewed.
As evidence of your fire safety risk assessment, the business will need to have written assessment document, records of hazards identified and measures taken to address them, records of training given to employees, and any related upkeep or inspection records for fire safety equipment and systems.
Keeping documents up to date and readily available in case of inspections or audits is a critical aspect for ensuring fire safety compliance.
Each workplace will have unique hazards depending on its industry, operations, and environment. Common fire hazards include;
- Electrical equipment
- Flammable materials
- Poor housekeeping
- Incorrect storage of combustibles
- Faulty wiring
To identify and evaluate the risk of fire in the workplace, employers/building owners must conduct a thorough inspection of the property, seeking any potential sources of ignition, fuel, or oxygen. Assess the likelihood and consequences of a fire, taking into consideration the
presence of vulnerable people, the landscape of the building, and any active fire safety procedures.
Methods to prevent/control the risk of fire at work involve
- Proper storage and handling of combustible items/materials
- Maintaining electrical equipment
- Executing good housekeeping practices
- Installing and maintaining fire detection and suppression systems
- Determining emergency procedures and escape routes
Your business will need to provide training to employees on fire safety in the workplace, this training will involve covering fire hazards, prevention measures and emergency actions.
Employees should be trained on how to use firefighting equipment correctly, this equipment includes fire extinguishers, and aware of evacuation routes and assembly points.
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