A new law came in a few years ago that required all UK businesses to carry out a fire risk assessment. This is not just a one-off job as they have to be properly reviewed on a regular basis too. While this is all in the interests of the safety of UK workplaces, it does move responsibility for fire safety squarely onto employers to assess the safety of workplaces and take steps to address any possible risks. |
As in any business, additional work is never particularly welcomed, and the need to carry out fire risk assessments can easily be seen as a real chore and potentially a substantial extra cost. The problem is that for many of us, we do not have the expertise to be confident that we are carrying out fire risk assessments properly, so we employ fire consultants to do the work.
Whereas it may be possible to carry out your own assessment for a very small office or shop, any larger or more complex premises is likely to require a greater degree of expertise. The problem being, or course, that you do not know what you do not know, so could potentially miss important risks.
So many UK businesses are going to need professional help, which can be very expensive. But is really necessary to actually get fire consultants in to carry out the fire assessment, or is there a simpler and cheaper alternative that can achieve a professional and thorough result? One alternative that may provide the solution is fire risk assessment software.
There are different types of fire assessment software, and not all systems are the same. If you do decide to go down this route you should take care not to go for any fire risk assessment software tool that over simplifies the process. It is important that any software you use is flexible enough to allow you to adequately cover all the things that make your business and premises unique.
A good fire risk assessment software system will structure the assessment for you and guide you carefully through the whole process. As well as saving time, one of the most important things such a system can offer is to ensure that you do not miss anything out or fail to consider anything that may be relevant in terms of risks and fire hazards. The fire risk assessment software will also produce a series of reports for you as well as a fully documented assessment that you can print off and retain in case of inspections by the fire authority.
Think carefully before selecting a fire risk assessment software package, and read reviews and recommendations to ensure you select a system designed by fire professional that will deliver a comprehensive safety report.
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