If you own or occupy business or other non-domestic premises you are legally responsible for making sure adequate fire safety precautions are in place. This is defined by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which requires you to carry out a fire risk assessment to identify potential hazards and take steps to remedy them.
You can either carry out a risk assessment for yourself, or have an experienced fire safety consultant take care of it for you. For businesses with 5 or more employees a record must be kept of all significant findings.
Who needs a fire risk assessment? Discover if you are in need of an assessment
All 'non-domestic' premises need a fire risk assessment, this includes all workplaces and commercial premises and any premises accessed by the public including common areas of multi-occupant residential buildings such as blocks of flats.
How fire risk assessments work Find out how you can become compliant with the law
There are five key processes involved in a fire risk assessment:
Identifying potential fire hazards
Identifying people at risk from those hazards
Evaluating, removing or reducing the identified risks
Recording identified risks, preparing an emergency plan and providing appropriate training
Regular reviews and updating of the fire risk assessment
The government's fire safety risk assessment checklist provides more detailed guidance on carrying out each step of this process.
For instructions on carrying out fire risk assessments for specific types of commercial premises, take a look at the government's series of fire safety guidance documents.
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Failure to carry out an adequate fire risk assessment and take appropriate precautions against fire can result in an enforcement order, a fine or, in extreme circumstances, even a prison sentence.
Between April 2013 and March 2014, there were 30 deaths from accidental fire in non-domestic buildings in the UK. 1743 people injured by fires, including those who needed hospital treatment, first aid and precautionary checks.
Dealing with the aftermath of a fire at your business can be extremely costly, including repairing damage and loss of business. Over 70% of businesses that suffer a major fire do not reopen or fail within three years.
For all these reasons, it is absolutely vital to make sure you are meeting all of your legal responsibilities when it comes to fire safety.
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At BWS Standfast, we have the experience and knowledge required to create a fully comprehensive fire risk assessment for your property.
If you are in need of a specialist fire risk assessment, contact us today and discover how we can help you.