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Risk Assessment

LawThe laws governing fire risk have been tightened considerably and it is now a requirement that in non-domestic buildings, a 'responsible person' (usually the owner, employer or occupier) must carry out a fire risk assessment and implement a fire management plan. You should maintain and regularly review these plans - particularly when you make changes to your premises.

Fire Risk Assessments
For Small or Medium sized business’ there is no reason as to why the ‘responsible person’ cannot prepare their own ‘fire risk assessment’. Amongst, the points you will need to cover are;

Control combustibles and inflammables materials and safe storage within the work place.

Check Wiring and Electrical Appliances regularly for safety, correct fuses used etc.

Clear rubbish and combustible materials from site.

Allow smoking in designated areas only.

Fire Exits are there sufficient and do they lead to places of safety. Are they unlocked?

Escape Routes must be kept clear, and free of obstructions.

Building must be properly maintained so that stairways, passageways are safe.

Signage indicating Fire Exits and Escape Routes.

 Emergency Lighting for escape routes and exits, install and check regularly.

 Evacuation plans to be made and drills rehearsed regularly.

Fire Wardens to be trained.

Insurers to be consulted for their advice and requirements.

Do you need an Automatic Fire Detection and Alarms system.

 It must be maintained and tested regularly.

When making changes to the building, ensure that the Fire Alarm or escape routes or exits are not compromised.

 Is the Fire Alarm connected to an Alarm Receiving Centre for calling out the Brigade automatically (recommended).

Are there sufficient Fire Extinguishers and Blankets on site, are they working and maintained regularly.

Are they ways of compartmentalising buildings to stop the spread of Fire throughout the building, think Fire Doors etc.

Have you prepared an emergency plan and communicated it to all staff.

Review all such matters and keep your risk assessment up to date.

If you need help carrying out a fire risk assessment, get in touch with our experts. We can survey your property and identify fire hazards, assess the effectiveness of existing fire detection equipment, emergency escape routes, and make recommendations to ensure your property complies with fire safety legislation.

 

 

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