What Business Owners Need To Know About Fire Risk Assessments – Albion Detection Systems
Ensuring you understand the structures and processes of fire risk assessments is one of the most important parts of safeguarding against fire damage or inadvertently failing to adhere to your fire safety responsibilities.
The official Gov.uk website has formal advice on carrying out your own risk assessment, including fire risk assessment templates and guidance documents.
This brief guide should help you understand some of the key elements of
- What a fire risk assessment is
- Who it involves
- What it entails when put into practice
Why Do I Need A Risk Assessment?
Risk assessments are very important procedures and a vital piece of paper for every company with premises and staff to protect.
Nearby fire and rescue authorities can inspect your premises and issue the appropriate fire safety notices as and when they’re required.
However, the responsibility for carrying out a risk assessment ultimately falls to your company.
Failure to follow fire safety legislation can lead to imprisonment, emphasising how important it is to ensure all procedures such as fire alarm installation, maintenance and fire drills are completed by the book.
Knowing things such as how many fire drills are required by law, how frequently to check fire safety equipment and what is and isn’t acceptable per legislations will become clearer after completing a risk assessment.
What Is A Risk Assessment?
A risk assessment is a thorough examination of the fire risks on your premises, as well as the people and assets which could be at stake.
Your assessment must carefully consider the fire hazards which your individual location could pose, and then evaluate how best to remove or reduce these risks, before putting these plans into action.
All findings from the assessment should then be documented to prepare evacuation plans.
It is a critical part of your fire protection and the key to keeping your staff, business and assets safe.