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It’s a legal requirement to make sure a ‘suitably competent’ person completes a Fire Risk Assessment inside a commercial environment, and it is your duty, as the building owner or responsible person, to identify fire risk hazards and to take appropriate action.
If there is a fire and you have not met your legal duties to keep people safe, you could be fined or even spend time in prison, so why not trust the experts and let us take that weight off your shoulders?
Conducting a fire risk assessment
When conducting any fire risk assessment it is critical to follow the below steps;
- Identify 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
Download the 5-step checklist to help you complete a fire safety risk assessment.
The law does not state a specific time period. It states that is must be 'regularly updated by a suitably competent person'. You will however have to conduct a new assessment if there has been a fire or if there have been significant changes to the structure of the building. In our experience, to be on the safe side, a risk assessment should be conducted annually.
Yes, so long as you are 'suitably competent'. We would, however, advise that you should always use a specialist, especially if you have more than 20 people inside the premises, it's a heritage building, you have complex demands such as server rooms, or if you are dealing with vulnerable people.
You must keep a written record of your fire risk assessment if your business has 5 or more people.
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