Do I need a fire risk assessment?

Do I Need A Fire Risk Assessment?

Do I need a fire risk assessment? It is essential to consider the safety and wellbeing of your employees by ensuring all appropriate safety regulations are in place and adhered to. One of the most critical safety precautions is ensuring you have a valid fire risk assessment (or risk assessment) carried out. 

A fire risk assessment is a legal requirement, and if you are the responsible person for a property, it is your responsibility to ensure one is carried out. 

As there is an abundance of things to consider, many people can be unsure how often a fire risk assessment should be carried out. So we have written this blog to outline all the necessary details and information you need to consider. And remember that here at UKSM, we also provide a range of other safety testing services, including fixed wire testing (EICR) and PAT testing. To learn more, give our team a call today.

The importance of a fire risk assessment

It is extremely important to have adequate fire safety precautions clearly embedded within your working safety procedures. Failure to do so can have wide-reaching consequences, as it could jeopardise the safety of your workplace and leave you, your company and all your employees vulnerable in the event of a fire. 

It is not an understatement to suggest that you would be putting your business at risk if you failed to obtain reputable certification. Equally, you could be liable for a heavy fine or in some cases, up to two years in prison. But by taking all necessary steps, this is something that you will not have to worry about whatsoever. 

Unfortunately, businesses that suffer from fire damage are also likely to endure adversity from a business standpoint. Whilst having insurance may cover you for the damages, it is estimated that between 60-80% of businesses never fully recover from the after-effects of fire damage, which highlights just how stark the consequences of fire damage can be to your business. 

The different stages of a fire risk assessment

Typically, a fire risk assessment comprises five thorough stages as listed below. 

  • Initially, the evaluation stage looks at the age, condition and layout of the building.
  • Then, the identification stage can be carried out, highlighting any potential risks, sources of ignition and any flammable materials.
  • At the third stage, a record is made of any current fire safety equipment and arrangement. These can consist of fire extinguishers, fire alarm systems, emergency lighting, staff training and escape routes. 
  • A second evaluation is then required, to check for any current fire safety training and drills.
  • Finally, a fire risk report is produced from the assessment. This details any areas that require attention and suggested recommendations for improving current fire safety measures.  

How will I know if my workplace requires a fire risk assessment?

The simple answer to this is that all buildings and premises require a fire risk assessment, to ensure they comply with fire safety regulations. Regardless of how many people work in the building, you will need to have a fire risk assessment carried out for the property. 

This is evidence that the building has undergone all thorough checks and that any recommended suggestions for change have been implemented. 

If your business is small and only has a couple of occupants, you will still need to have a fire risk assessment carried out. 

The legal requirements surrounding fire risk assessments are clear – all premises need to have a fire risk assessment, and it is the responsibility of the property’s responsible person to ensure this is carried out.

Who is responsible for completing a fire risk assessment? 

The responsibility falls to the responsible person in charge of the maintenance of the building or premises. It is advised that the person who is liable for fire safety has undertaken all necessary training, and is well equipped to reduce and remove any risks or hazards within the workplace. 

Having the requisite knowledge and experience is vital, as it will put you in a strong position to make any changes where needed, and breed confidence in your employees in the event of a fire. 

If I am in charge of the premises, what are my responsibilities?

As the liable person in charge, simply arranging and ensuring the fire risk assessment is carried out when needed isn’t all that is required. There are many considerations to take into account, so this list below should help highlight the main points: 

  • Think about who is considered the highest risk. 
  • Create a plan of action in the event of any emergency, with designated instructions for all employees. 
  • Maintain all fire precautions and facilities provided are accessible.
  • Regularly check that your workplace is free from any hazards that may be a fire risk. Examples will differ depending on the sector you work in. 
  • Always ensure the findings of any fire risk assessment are regularly reviewed. 

When should a Fire Risk Assessment be reviewed?

Ideally, this should be reviewed on an annual basis. If any material changes to a building have been made, then this may incur an additional inspection.

A fire risk assessment should be reviewed to see if recommendations have been actioned and to assess any new issues with the building, equipment or staff. A brand new fire risk assessment should be carried out every five years. And remember that, in addition to fire risk assessments, we also perform fire extinguisher testing, ensuring that your firefighting equipment is kept in full working order.

Contact us for your needs

Do you require assistance with your fire safety for your workplace? At UK Safety Management, we have a team of qualified professionals ready to carry out your fire risk assessment, ensuring your building adheres to all fire safety regulations. 

Contact us today and to receive a quote, or you can speak to a member of our friendly team who are on hand to assist with all your fire safety queries. 

About UKSM

With a decade of experience in the electrical and fire safety sector, we have firmly established ourselves as a trusted name in the industry. Our commitment to excellence has allowed us to serve a diverse clientele, including landlords, architects, developers, consultants, local authorities, and housing associations, overseeing a staggering 85,000 sites.

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