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What you need to know about the Fire Risk Assessment

It is now a requirement that all business premises have a Fire Risk Assessment carried out. This needs to be constantly updated and monitored to ensure that the building’s fire safety is in line with current regulations. The task of carrying out a Fire Risk Assessment may seem daunting at first but once you understand the basics and have done it the first time the process becomes more straightforward.

Identifying potential fire hazards

The main purpose of a Fire Risk Assessment is to highlight all the areas of the premises that could either cause a fire or contribute to making a fire worse. This includes things like papers, flammable liquids, cardboard boxes, and wooden furniture. Of course most workplaces will have all or some of these things so it is not possible to eliminate 100% of the danger. The assessment is designed to help identify the fire risks so that you can take the necessary steps to make the building safer.

What employers are expected to do

No matter how many staff members you have on your premises, you are expected to have a large degree of responsibility for their safety. After completing a Fire Risk Assessment for the building you will then need to make any changes highlighted in the assessment. Some common issues in a building include an excess of papers lying around, fire doors being propped open, and access to fire extinguishers being blocked. These are of course the more straightforward issues and can easily be dealt with – but others may prove a little trickier. You need to ensure that you draw up and implement a fire evacuation plan, ensure that directions to emergency fire exits are clearly marked out, and that the path to the exits and fire safety equipment are kept clear at all times.