Fire risk assessments are an essential feature of fire safety in the workplace, but is it possible to save time and effort on completing a personalised fire risk assessment by downloading one from the internet instead?
Fire Safety in the Workplace
In all business or non-domestic premises across the United Kingdom, fire safety is of paramount importance. Not only should you be ensuring that your staff have received accredited fire safety training and that all fire escape routes on your premises are clearly marked, you should also be reviewing your fire risk assessment regularly as part of a well-managed fire safety policy.
If more than 5 individuals work on your business premises, then you’ll need to make sure that you create a written record of every fire risk assessment you carry out. This written record should be referred back to with every assessment and should be updated as soon as possible if any changes occur on your premises that might not be reflected in the records (for example, if you change the location of your fire extinguishers).
Fire safety is incredibly important in the workplace because of the potential for injury or fatality if a fire breaks out on your premises. For this reason, you should be making every reasonable effort to ensure that you are preventing a fire from starting at work. This begins with understanding the basics of fire safety by completing an accredited fire safety training course.
What is a Fire Risk Assessment?
A fire risk assessment is an essential feature of effective fire safety in your workplace. It is also a legal requirement for all businesses or non-domestic premises to complete a fire risk assessment regularly, with a written record to be made if more than 5 individuals work on your premises.
A fire risk assessment should identify the potential fire hazards on your premises, identify the individuals who may be at risk in the event of a fire, evaluate ways of removing or reducing such risks from your premises, list the possible fire escape routes, and detail the ways in which everyone on your premises can be made safe in the event of a fire.
Fire risk assessments should take into consideration any individuals who are disabled or vulnerable (for example, the elderly, babies, and children) including guests on your premises. Additionally, your fire risk assessment should clearly mark the location of fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, emergency lighting and fire exits, and any other fire-fighting equipment that might be available on your premises.
Remember: Though templates can be used to guide you in creating a fire risk assessment, your fire risk assessment should be personalised to your specific workplace.
Who Should Complete a Fire Risk Assessment?
Fire risk assessments should be carried out by the individual on your business premises who is responsible for fire safety. This role can sometimes be shared between certain named people but no matter how many individuals are responsible for fire safety in the workplace, the most important thing is to ensure that you have effective measures in place to prevent anyone from failing to complete a scheduled fire risk assessment. Your responsible person should also have a good level of accredited fire safety training.
Responsible persons can be landlords, business owners, building managers, employers, tenants, facilities managers, or agents. You should be sure that every member of staff on your premises is aware of the responsible person and that the responsible person is clear about their duties.
Can I Get a Free Fire Risk Assessment?
If you see a company advertising a free fire risk assessment, this is probably not a legitimate offer as free fire risk assessments relevant to your circumstances are unlikely to exist. Every business needs to take responsibility for creating a personalised fire risk assessment that is specific to their premises, since no two locations will have the same layout, features, staff, or equipment.
However, it is possible for businesses to be offered a free fire risk assessment template, such as these assessment guides available from the GOV.UK website, which provide a standard template for businesses who are creating their own fire risk assessments from scratch.
Can I Pay Someone to Complete My Fire Risk Assessment?
Most businesses should be able to create and carry out their fire risk assessments without the help of an expert, but if you do not have the time or resources available to complete a fire risk assessment, you should only appoint help from a competent individual such as a professional risk assessor.
Remember: All fire safety in the workplace should start with an accredited fire safety training course.
Fire Safety Training
Here at the Fire Training Company, we are dedicated to delivering high quality face-to-face and online fire safety training to individuals all across the United Kingdom. All of our courses are updated regularly to fall in line with the most up to date legal and industry expectations and requirements.
Our friendly, experienced team of trainers are ex-emergency services personnel who travel across the United Kingdom to deliver accredited fire safety training in person on your premises. Meanwhile, our fire safety experts develop our excellent range of online fire safety training courses for individuals who would rather have the ease and convenience of learning at their own pace from the comfort of home or office.
No matter whether you choose face-to-face or online fire safety training, it’s important to remember that fire safety training is the first step towards ensuring your business is safe from the risk of fire. In our accredited online fire safety courses, we go into detail about fire risk assessments and the importance of completing them as well as many other important fire safety features you’ll need to know about at work.
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