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When it comes to keeping your business compliant, fire risk assessments are a legal must-have. Not only do they keep you on the right side of the law, but they’re an essential part of keeping you, your employees and your business safe.
Fire risk assessments can be complicated, time consuming and require specialist input, so we understand it can be tricky to keep on top of them – and that’s where we come in.
We’ll do all the work for you so that you can get on with running and growing your business, safe in the knowledge that everything and one in it is safe and legally sound.
Once you’ve taken out our Fire Risk Assessment service, an expert assessor will visit your site(s) and:
There are a number of stages to completing a robust fire risk assessment. Here’s a brief overview of each:
The first thing your assessor will do is discuss and decide who’s responsible for your overall fire safety.
Ideally, this is the person who’ll fundamentally implement any recommended actions from the fire risk assessment itself. In some instances, this might be a company or managing agent rather than an individual.
In this stage we’ll take a look at potential sources of ignition, combustible materials and structural features.
Identifying potential sources of ignition includes looking at things like: is smoking permitted? Is there a risk of static electricity? And are hot surfaces present? For example.
The combustible materials and structural features side involves looking into things like:
Once we’ve helped you identify fire hazards, we’ll move on to recognising who could be at risk. To do this, we’ll work our way through questions like:
There are three elements to this stage: fire detection and warning, means of escape and provision of fire-fighting equipment. Here’s a flavour of what we’ll go through in each:
|Fire detection and warning||· Do you have arrangements to detect fire in place?|
· Will these arrangements provide sufficient early warning?
· Can everyone easily recognise your evacuation warning signals?
|Means of escape||· Do all your escape routes lead to a place of safety?|
· Are all your fire safety and exit signs clear and easy to understand?
· Are your escape routes wide enough for the number and type of people using them?
|Provision of fire-fighting equipment||· Are your portable fire extinguishers and fire blankets stored in a suitable place?|
· Have a reasonable number of employees been trained on how to use your fire-fighting equipment?
When it comes to training and your emergency plans, a sample of the things you need to consider include:
Fire risk assessments are living documents and should be reviewed either annually or after:
You’ll not only have a competent and qualified fire risk assessor visit your premises to support you, but you’ll have the security of knowing that 100% of your fire risk assessments are peer-audited by our own internal team for quality assurance.
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We don’t baffle you with Health & Safety – we give it to you straight. All of our advice and recommendations are given in plain English, so that everyone in your team can easily understand it.