Business owners legally have to abide by The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005 and as a result need to designate a Responsible Person (RP) to co-ordinate things in the event of a fire. They are also responsible for preventative measures and ultimately an evacuation plan should the worst happen.
The Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) conduct regular inspections on high risk, none domestic premises to ensure companies comply with the order and take the necessary precautions to minimise risk to the public. While premises such as hotels, residential homes and hostels are obvious areas of interest any company may be inspected if they are involved in a fire or have been brought to the attention of the FRS by a third party. Any concerns, no matter how small may lead to an inspection and this article is to help prepare you regarding what to expect if you are ever asked to allow inspectors on site. Continue reading “Fire Safety Law and what to expect from a fire safety inspection”
In any workplace or business premises, a fire risk assessment must be carried out in order to remove or reduce risks, protect employees and visitors and safeguard against emergency situations. It is a very important procedure, one that you are required by law to carry out.
There are two options for conducting a fire risk assessment, you can hire a trained and experienced consultant to do it for you, or you can undertake some fire safety training and learn how to do it yourself. This last option may turn out to be the most cost-effective in the long-term, as you and your colleagues will learn vital skills to benefit you in the future.
To conduct a fire risk assessment, you need to know how to:
– Identify fire hazards and people who are most likely to be at risk (i.e. disabled or elderly people, or visitors on the premises who have children with them)
– Evaluate risks and find ways to reduce or remove hazards
– Implement fire safety measures
– Monitor the maintenance of early warning systems (i.e. fire alarms)
– Accurately record the findings of your fire risk assessment
– Review the risk assessment on a regular basis, updating it if required
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