Fire risk assessment - what you need to do
It is mandatory that anyone who has control of a business premises takes reasonable action towards fire prevention.
But putting these measures in place can be tricky if you don't know the first thing about fire prevention. To help, we have put together a few things you need to do when conducting fire risk assessments.
And remember, you may need to bring in professionals to inspect certain equipment around your premises and make sure that it meets with fire regulations. We can help ensure that your laundry chutes are fire safe. Find out more by calling us today.
Your first step towards ensuring that your premises comply with fire regulations is to asses and identify all fire hazards within the building.
Some hazards are more obvious than others, like sources of ignition and fuel. Make sure you take the time to source every hazard within the building.
Who is at risk?
Once you have established what hazards lie within your building you need to identify who these hazards put at risk. Are there people who work with flammables day in day out? Is there specific part of your store that is more at risk than another, and if so, who does that put at risk as a result?
Remove, reduce, and protect
Now the 'where' and 'who' has been established, you can move forward to put preventative measures in place. The specifics of these preventative measures depend on what you found in the initial two steps. But for example, if you found that in one area of the store there are flammable liquids being used, and incorrectly stored, you can put in place new measures and purchase safe storage facilities.
Once these measures have been put in place, reassess each hazard. If you still feel like there is a high risk of fire, take further action.
Record and train
Write down the hazards you found in the first step, the people who are at risk in the second step, and the measures you put in place in the third step. Ensure that staff members are trained on fire safety measures too.
And last of all, schedule reviews of each hazard for the rest of the year so that you can ensure that your preventative measures are still effective.
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