Fire Risk Assessments in Oxfordshire
Oct 11, 2019
If you own a business in Oxfordshire, you are responsible for completing Fire Risk Assessments. It’s important to do all you can to reduce the risk of fire to keep people safe. It saves lives, it’s your legal duty, and it makes good business sense.
What is a Fire Risk Assessment in Oxfordshire?
A careful look at your premises in Oxfordshire and the people who use them, from a fire prevention perspective. It’s about understanding the potential risks, then improving your fire safety precautions to keep people safe.
What happens on the Fire Risk Assessment visit in Oxfordshire?
After introductions, our friendly assessor will ask to speak to the person responsible for the Oxfordshire premises. A competent colleague may assume this role in case of absence, as long as they are familiar with the access, layout, and daily operation of the premises.
The assessor will then familiarise the responsible person with every aspect of the visit. These include documentation, emergency procedures, and safety records. Insurance and special requirements for the safe running of the particular premises will also be covered.
At the end of the visit, the assessor will talk about non-compliance and specific improvements the premises might need. This is also your time to ask questions and receive immediate and competent advice.
The visit results in a thorough consultative report which forms the basis for a fire risk assessment.
The Fire Risk Assessment Report is presented in a simple, clear and effective format. Experience has shown that relying on common sense and good observation as well as specialist technical knowledge has been of greater benefit to small and medium sized business owners, rather than complicated mathematical calculations. Often practical recommendations for ensuring the fire safety of company employees has proved to be the most cost effective company strategy.
Clear recommendations in line with current building regulations and health & safety requirements are then given. The document covers every angle of fire safety: fire alarm, emergency lighting, extinguishers, records, and properly marked escape routes.
Fire Risk Assessments will clearly identify any potential risks at your site, as well as help you create a plan for what to do in the event of a fire, greatly improving the safety of your workplace. Our Risk Assessment records will also help you prove that you acted appropriately and in accordance with the law, should you be unfortunate enough to have a fire at your workplace.
Our assessor will compile a detailed, insurance-approved report of all the findings and post it to you within a week of the site visit. After receipt of the report, the assessor will also contact the responsible person and go over the report's findings to ensure understanding.
Your business can rest assured that our qualified team will do everything they can to help you improve your fire safety on site by helping to minimise fire risk.
Did you know?
If there's a fire and you haven't met your legal duties to keep people safe, you could be fined and may even spend time in prison. Learn about your legal obligations here if you are a company based in Oxfordshire.
What is involved in a Fire Risk Assessment in Oxfordshire?
Assessments are generally conducted in five key steps:
- Identify the fire hazards.
- Identify people at risk.
- Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks.
- Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training.
- Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly.
Does my business in Oxfordshire require a Fire Risk Assessment?
A thorough risk assessment is at the heart of effective fire protection and prevention.
That assessment is a legal requirement according to the HSE guidelines, and it must be kept up to date. The guidelines apply to you if you are:
- Responsible for a business premises, block of apartments or a house of multiple occupation (HMO)
- An employer
- In a licensed property
- A charity or voluntary organisation
- A contractor with control over a premises
Who should do my Fire Risk Assessment in Oxfordshire?
It depends on how large or complex your business or organisation is.
Large complex business
If your business is larger or more complex, contact an expert to come and help.
If your business or organisation is relatively small, and you think your potential risks aren’t complex, it is possible to do it yourself. You can find a guides to help you understand what’s required here on the Gov.UK website.
Insurance Approved Fire Risk Assessments in Oxfordshire
We provide Fire Risk Assessments, which will supply you with a professional insurance approved report, which identifies your fire safety compliance.
The Fire Risk Assessment Reports are normally between 20 to 30 pages long and give clear instructions on what changes you need to make in the future.
All our reports comply with “The Fire Regulatory Reform Act 2005”, and cover all types of buildings, from private homes to shops, offices and factories.
Your Fire Risk Assessment Report
Our qualified assessors will prepare a comprehensive, clear report which covers:
- Fire safety compliance on your premises
- Servicing of equipment
- Access and escape routes
- Signage Locks
- Emergency Lighting
- Fire Wardens
- Risk Assessments
- Storage and Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH)
Want to know more about Fire Risk Assessments in Oxfordshire?
Head here for some more information about Fire Risk Assessments.
Bear in mind that you must keep a written record of your Fire Risk Assessment if your organisation employs five or more people, if your premises are licensed or an Alterations Notice is in force, (following a visit from the Fire Service).