5 fire risk assessment details every North East business needs to know

25 April 2019

Fire prevention should be a top priority for all businesses in the North East.

The nominated fire safety officer within your business holds a lot of responsibility on the risk assessment details for your premises and should be able to analyse and identify potential risks and hazards in the workplace.

Here’s 5 fire risk assessment details all North East businesses should keep in mind.

1. Identify potential fire hazards

The GOV.UK checklist asks you to identify anything that could cause a fire or which might burn, and to note the items down as potential fire hazards.

Examples include anything that conducts light or heat, such as electrical equipment, heaters, welding or grinding machines, matches or anything that can ignite a flame.

Flammable liquids such as petrol or paint, and of course any paper or wood, are also fire hazards.

2. Identify people at risk

Next up are the people in and around the premises who could be in danger if a fire were to break out.

Although everyone in the building is at risk if a fire breaks out, there are a number of factors you need to take into consideration to assist those who may need additional help with evacuation. For instance, it should go without saying that children, elderly and disabled people are particularly vulnerable in the event of a fire.

3. Evaluate, remove or reduce the risk

Once you have identified the risks, you can take the necessary measures to ensure they have been evaluated for the various ways a fire could develop, damage the property and cause harm to the people around your North East business.

The next step of the assessment is to do everything possible to remove or reduce these risks to help prevent a fire. You can do this by evaluating how accidental fires can be prevented and putting measures in place to better guard against such incidents.

4. Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training

You should record the findings of your risk assessment so that anyone within the premises can access details regarding fire safety on site.

Your findings should be recorded in an emergency plan. This should include information on fire exits, fire practice drills and how to operate high risk machinery. It should also provide training on fire safety, reminding employees and visitors about how they can help reduce the risk of fire.

5. Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly

The final detail your North East business should keep in mind is ensuring the fire risk assessment is updated regularly.

Your risk assessment is a valid and vital part of preventing fires within the premises you’re responsible for. It’s therefore important to regularly review and update your fire risk assessment to account for any changes

Wrapping up

GOV.UK states that if your business has more than five employees, then it is a legal requirement that you keep up with regular fire risk assessments.

So, even if the work premises in which you operate as fire safety officer are lucky enough to have little to no risk, you should still keep in mind the above points.

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