Fire safety Law, requires employers to complete a fire risk assessment that looks at removing and reducing the risk of fire. A Fire Risk Assessment should be continuously reviewed and updated. It is good practice to review it annually. The assessment documentation along with site based procedures must be kept as a working document.
Each year people die or are seriously injured as a result of fires at work. Besides loss of life, fire costs UK businesses millions of pounds, from damage to property, loss of business, fines, compensation claims and insurance premiums.
Many fires can be avoided by taking fire precautions. If a fire does break out, the effects can be minimised by having effective controls and procedures in place.
In October 2006 stringent rules introduced in England, Scotland and Wales, 2006 Fire Safety Order (October 2006) requires employers and building owners to:
- Ensure that suitable fire protection is provided for all premises.
- Take measures to protect their premises and those in it from the dangers of fire.
- Have fire detection and alarm systems that are designed, installed, commissioned and maintained by a professional third party certificated company.
The Fire Safety Order 2006 consolidated over 100 pieces of existing fire safety legislation. Fire certificates are no longer required and the emphasis is on preventing fires and reducing risk. Anyone who has some control over premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire. The regulations apply to all non-domestic premises. This legal obligation is placed on the person in charge of the workplace and is enforced by your local Fire Authority.
Our Fire Risk Assessments are designed to meet the specific requirements of your premises and will meet all the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2006. Our assessments are qualitative in design and format, providing a systematic look at the possible sources of fire in the workplace, the dangers that fire poses to those who use the workplace and how the risk and spread of fire can be minimised. Once the required risks have been identified, the changes must be implemented.
If you employ 5 or more people your findings and actions should be fully documented
The Fire Brigade now actively enforce the regulations through ad hoc inspections
For further information on the new legislation see Regulatory Reform Order 2005 & the requirements for the ‘responsible person’.
When did you last complete a Fire Risk Assessment?
Don’t let your Fire Risk Assessment slip. Under UK Fire Safety Law, employers must carry out a Fire Risk Assessment that looks at removing and reducing the risk of fire. Your Fire Risk Assessment should be reviewed and updated continuously to keep it a ‘live’ document. In particular, it should be updated following any change in premises, processes or the number of people employed or if you’ve had a close call or a real fire. It is essential to review it at intervals not exceeding 12 months.
If your Fire Risk Assessment is not up to date don’t delay and make contact with the team at Artisan Fire & Security today.