Why is a fire risk assessment important?

8 September 2021

Conducting regular fire risk assessments are important for keeping your employees and property safe. Carrying out an assessment helps you identify fire risks in your business and let’s you put actions in place to help mitigate those risks. 

Fire risk assessments are also a legal requirement and you must check your fire safety protocols regularly to stay compliant with the law. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order states that most premises should undertake regular fire risk assessments and failing to do so could see your business facing fines and legal proceedings.  

If you’re in doubt about whether you need to do a fire risk assessment, you can contact us at Total Fire Group and we can let you know if you need to do one. 

 

Why is a fire risk assessment important?

Fire risk assessments are the best way for business owners to find out how compliant their current business is. They provide clear guidance and instructions on how to improve a company’s fire safety management and if done thoroughly by professionals, a fire risk assessment can give a business owner a step-by-step guide to improving their fire safety. 

Since fire risk assessments are done relatively infrequently, around once a year, it’s rare that a business owner will be given such a clear picture of how fire safe their business is. That’s why when your business is due to have a fire risk assessment, it’s important that it’s done thoroughly and by professionals. 

The more you know about your company’s fire safety situation the more actions you can take to improve it. In the long run, this helps you and your business as you can be proactive in your fire risk management, and in turn it could save you time, effort and money.   

 

Who should do a fire risk assessment?

Any business that has 5 or more employees is legally required to conduct fire risk assessments and keep a written record of them. If your company employs less than 5 people it’s not a legal requirement to keep a written record, although most fire risk assessors, including Total Fire Group, would strongly advise you to do so. 

The responsible person of a premises or business should take responsibility for arranging the completion of a fire risk assessment.

 

Who can conduct a fire risk assessment?

Technically, anyone who is “competent” can conduct a fire risk assessment. But it is highly recommended that someone with relevant experience, training and skill carries out the assessment for you.

A fire risk assessment is more than just a checklist and a box ticking exercise. It is more than just walking around an office and making sure the fire extinguishers work. An experienced fire risk assessor has a deep understanding of how people behave in fires and this lets them spot issues and problems inexperienced assessors could miss. 

It is therefore best to use a BAFE-certified company in order to complete your fire risk assessments to the highest standard possible. Don’t forget, your fire risk assessments are legal documents that could be relied on in court if an incident occurs. It is wise to have these managed and signed off by professionals to reduce any risk to yourself. 

 

How long does a fire risk assessment last?

Depending on the size and complexity of the site being assessed, the length of time needed to carry out an assessment can vary. Once the assessment is completed it’s advisable to review the assessment regularly to check you are still compliant with the actions it suggests. 

An annual review will suffice but you should consider conducting another assessment if any changes have taken place within your building or workplace. Documented fire risk assessments help you and your trained employees maintain awareness of your premises potential fire risks and it allows you to become proactive in fixing issues before they develop into situations that could be a drain on your business. 

Does your business need a fire risk assessment?

If you are in need of a fire risk assessment or fire safety consultancy, Total Fire Group is here to assist you. We’re a BAFE-certified fire safety consultancy with over 15 years of experience helping companies manage their fire safety. If you’d like to speak with us about your fire safety requirements you can contact us here.

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