Whether you run a creative agency, accountancy firm or even a hospitality business, there will be many regulations, requirements and red tape your business needs to be aware of. While rules and regulations differ from one industry to the next, when it comes to fire safety, every company must take action and ensure their premises is deemed safe by authorities.
Although there are many different types of fire safety devices and services, the one thing all businesses need to stay on top of is their fire risk assessments. This is a legal duty of all businesses, with risk assessments designed to prevent fire and keep people safe. In the majority of cases, these risk assessment need to be conducted at least once a year. However, if structural changes have been made to the building or if the use of the premises has altered, a new assessment will be required.
The objective of a professional fire risk assessment is to cover the following 5 points set out by UK lawmakers:
- Identify the 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.
When covering the above, assessors will need to consider the following:
- emergency routes and exits
- fire detection and warning systems
- fire fighting equipment
- the removal or safe storage of dangerous substances
- an emergency fire evacuation plan
- the needs of vulnerable people, for example the elderly, young children or those with disabilities
- providing information to employees and other people on the premises
- staff fire safety training
Who carries out fire risk assessments?
There are many options when it comes to the physical conducting of the fire risk assessment. The individual appointed as the building’s ’responsible personal’ can often assume this role. However, in recent times, it has become far more common for companies to outsource their fire risk assessment to a professional assessor like us at Twenty4 Fire and Security.
Quotes for fire risk assessments
If you’re looking for a fire risk assessment in Cardiff or anywhere else in the South Wales area, we would be more than happy to help. With some of the most reputable and experienced fire safety specialists within the business, we will be sure to conduct the assessment quickly while creating minimal disruption to your working day.
To discuss prices for fire risk assessments or to enquire about any of our fire safety services, get in touch today. We look forward to hearing from you!