Fire Risk Assessments
Introduction to the legislation:

Since the creation of Fire Precautions Regulations in 1987, all UK business have to complete a Fire Risk Assessment for their business premises. Compliance with this legislation has been shown to be low. A report by the London Fire Brigade suggests that as many as 81% of business premises have failed to complete a suitable or sufficient Fire Risk Assessment. In this document we will help you to understand these legislative requirements and will also provide a basic framework for conducting a Fire Risk Assessment within your workplace.

History of Fire Risk Assessment:

The need for Fire Risk Assessment: Risk assessment Guide: If you have a fire certificate dated before 1st October 2006, it has now lost its legal status. You should, however keep the information from the certificates as it may prove invaluable when putting together your Fire Risk Assessment

The Fire Safety Order 2006 Fire (Scotland) Act 2006 & Fire &Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 require the hazards and risks of fire to be identified eliminated or controlled to prevent fire outbreak and spread. In the event that fire does occur they provide adequate fire protection measures to ensure the safety of employees, customers, contractors, visitors and members of the public. They also consider the safety of the emergency services such as fire fighters. You must address the following key areas:

• Identify the potential for fire to occur
• Decide whether the existing controls are adequate
• Are the current fire protection and detections systems in good repair and well maintained
• Are the means of escape adequate
• Is there appropriate (and comprehensible)fire escape signage
• Does emergency escapes lighting provide enough illumination (where appropriate)
• Are your staff trained and do they know what to do in the event of a fire
• Arrangements efficient for evacuation

The need for Fire Risk Assessment

We understand the challenges that business face and know from experience that an unforeseen setback can be critical to the future of your business. 80% of business affected by a major incident such as fire, wither never reopen or fail within 18 months. We therefore appreciate that effective management of business risk is critical to the success of your business. As an employer in whatever type of business you operate, you will be responsible by law for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of your employees.

The Fire Safety Order requires all employers to carry out a Fire Risk assessment of their workplace in order to identify, eliminate or reduce any fire hazards. A failure to assess the fire risks is an offence under the Fire Safety Order 2005.

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