Do I Really Need a Fire Safety Risk Assessment?

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Published: August 2, 2022

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Fire Safety Risk Assessments are just one of the regulations businesses are required to comply with.

Running any business, whatever the size and sector, is bound to come with its fair share of challenges. Where some issues are dependent on the size and industry, others are shared by all business owners in what amounts to universal legal requirements. With so many rules to follow in business operations (always increasing with the number of staff), it’s easy to lose track of new rules and regulations which may not have existed when operations first began—even so, ignorance is scarcely a good defence when it comes to the responsibilities involved in running a business.

ISE Fire seeks to help businesses focus on their area of expertise while keeping on top of complicated and ever-changing requirements for you. One critical regulation comes in the form of requirements for a Fire Safety Risk Assessment; a comprehensive inspection of your workplace with the goal of ensuring all employees are safe in the event of a fire.

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What you need to know

Employers are legally obliged to carry out a fire risk assessment; identifying potential hazards and taking all necessary steps required to resolve or alleviate risk. Should your business employ more than five people, additional requirements are in place to keep a written record of your findings and remedial actions which took place.

While it is a legal requirement for every workplace to maintain a fire risk assessment it doesn’t have to be your own personal area of expertise, and why should it be? Unless you’re a fire safety professional it’s unlikely you stay up to date with the lists of requirements which come and go; or how to properly undertake and document crucial findings. Fortunately it has never been easier to appoint a professional team to ensure the safety and compliance of your workplace.

Key Takeaways

  • Fire risk assessments are a legal requirement in the UK.
  • A competent person must carry out your fire risk assessment, it’s easy to appoint a professional.
  • Any potential fire risks should be remedied to reduce the risk as much as possible.
  • Your UK fire risk assessment should be reviewed annually
  • It is recommended that your fire risk assessment is completed by a professional every 4 years

ISE Fire are a team of dedicated professionals with extensive experience and training in all aspects of fire safety and risk assessment, catering to businesses of all types and sizes. We’ll let you focus on your business by taking care of the fine-print for you.

Get in touch today to find out how we can help you with your Fire Safety Risk Assessment.