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Does My Business Need A Fire Safety Risk Assessment?

As an employer or business owner, you are responsible for the health and safety of employees and clients operating within your premises. Included within this responsibility is the duty to minimise hazards and ensure employee wellbeing in the event of an emergency.

One of the greatest physical risks to businesses and commercial properties is fire. If a fire breaks out in the workplace, it not only threatens the lives of those within, it is capable of crippling businesses and destroying livelihoods.

For this reason, a number of regulations exist to make sure employers and business owners are fulfilling their duty of care and actively identifying and minimising the risk of fire in the workplace.

Here is EK Fire Protection’s guide to fire safety risk assessments.

What Is A Risk Assessment?

Essentially, a fire risk assessment requires a responsible person to regularly assess the business premises for potential risks. This enables them to identify the measures that need to be taken to prevent fire and keep employees safe.

For all businesses, made up of 5 people or more, a document recording the findings and evaluations of each risk assessment must be written up. For larger businesses, the services of a fire safety company are indispensable; they will advise, assist and record the findings of each assessment in line with the government regulations.

What Is Assessed?

During a risk assessment, there are certain elements that must be assessed. These include:

  • Identifying the hazards – What risk of fire exists currently?
  • Identifying who is at risk.
  • Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks.
  • Record Findings – Keep a written record of the assessment.
  • Review and repeat on a regular basis.

Why Is It Needed?

Ever since a change of legislation in 2006, employers in the UK have been solely responsible for fire safety in their workplaces. The old form of fire certificates are no longer recognised as valid safety precautions and fire risk assessments must be carried out regularly.

Aside from the need to operate within legislative guidelines, fire risk assessments are simply good practice; they keep employees safe and reduce the potential risk of fire in the workplace.

Professional Fire Risk Assessment From EK Fire Protection

Although businesses can legally carry out a risk assessment themself, it requires a dedication of time as well as a  level of expertise. For this reason, it is recommended that an experienced fire protection service is employed.

Using a professional risk assessment service not only guarantees that the necessary precautions are taken to ensure the safety of your staff, but it gives you, as an employer, peace of mind that you are operating in accordance with government regulation.

For all of your fire safety needs, including risk assessment, fire alarm system installation and training, look no further than EK Fire Protection. Our team has a wealth of experience in all areas of fire safety and are always happy to discuss your requirements for free with no obligation.

Don’t wait, get in touch to ensure the safety of your workplace. Call us on 01304 210 909 or send an email to mail@ekfireprotection.co.uk.

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