UK businesses are now held responsible for all fire safety on their premises, this is because of the change of law which took place in 2006. The new Fire Safety Regulations mean all old certificates have been abolished and that business owners are now fully responsible to ensure their employees and premises of trade is safe from fires. Inspectors can visit your premises unannounced to perform fire safety checks and ask to see fire risk assessment records. If you cannot produce these records then you are at risk from getting fines or even prosecution in severe cases. |
If you have a large premises with over 5 employees, by law you have to record every risk assessment undertaken and all your spotted fire hazards. You must also train your staff in how to use hazardous equipment correctly and to store flammable substances correctly. All premises are unique with different layouts, equipment and substances that could all cause fire risks, for this reason I would advise to hire a professional fire consultant to perform a fire risk assessment on your premises. There is lots of help online and also fire risk assessment software but if your premises is large with many people at risk then the safety of your employees and any other people on your premises should be your number one priority.
By hiring a professional fire health and safety consultant it ensures your premises and staff are safe from fire and that all potential fire hazards or risks are removed or reduced by putting precautions in place. A fire consultant can ensure your premises is thoroughly assessed for fire risks and can also set up a safety management plan pointing out where any remaining risks are and what precautions must be kept in place. They would also set up an emergency evacuation plan and train your staff so that they can react correctly in the unfortunate event of a fire and evacuate safely.
Alternatively a consultant could perform many training courses such as fire warden training, they could visit your premises and train employees in fire safety so that they could perform regular fire risk assessments saving you further expense from constantly hiring a consultant. It would be advisable to appoint someone who has been in your business a while so they know your business well already which would help with an assessment. It may be beneficial for a consultant to perform the first fire risk assessment so your premises is fully secure then have them train an employee to manage the fire safety plan afterwards.
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