Fire Risk Assessments; Why are They Important for Your Bath Business?
A fire risk assessment is the vital first step that any business should take towards producing a high-quality fire safety policy.
After all, a fire in the workplace is incredibly serious and dangerous, which can not only cause death or serious injuries but can also have a serious financial impact on a business. In fact, over the years, a number of companies have been so badly affected by fire that they struggle to recover financially and end up ceasing trading.
In fact, a fire risk assessment is mandatory by law and must ensure that all eventualities for the use of the building have been considered to protect the building itself, staff, visitors and all of its contents from fire.
Here at Brunel Fire and Security, we provide high-quality fire risk assessments in Bath and the across the rest of the UK. Whatever the nature of your business, we can support you in ensuring that all eventualities are covered, offering you the advice you need to ensure that your Bath-based premises is completely safe.
With over 25 years of experience within the industry, our team of experts in Bath will be able to help you each step of the way, to provide you with a comprehensive risk assessment that keeps you on the right side of the law. So, for more information on our fire risk assessments in Bath, make sure to get in touch today on 0117 259 1000.
What does a Fire Risk Assessment Involve?
Essentially, a fire risk assessment is an organised and methodical look over your Bath-based premises and the activities which are carried out there.
The main aims of the assessment are to:
- Identify any potential fire risks and hazards such as sources of ignition, fuel and so on,
- Reduce any risks to a level which is as low as reasonably possible,
- Evaluate what precautions are needed to ensure the safety of those both in and around the premises such as escape routes, lighting, proper training and so on.
Why is a Fire Risk Assessment Important?
A fire risk assessment is important, not only for financial and moral reasons but also because it is a legal obligation.
The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 was designed in order to improve the fire safety standards in all non-domestic premises. This legislation dictates the fire safety duties that must be carried out, including ensuring that fire safety precautions are satisfactory and conducting a fire safety risk assessment.
Whether you are an employer, business owner, landlord, managing agent or occupier with control over a place of work, you will be legally defined as a ‘responsible person’ in the fire safety order. This means that it will be your duty to ensure that a fire safety risk assessment is regularly carried out and reviewed.
Failing to comply with fire safety legislation is simply illegal and could result in a substantial fine and a requirement to carry out the correct work, or if people have been put at risk, it could result in a prison sentence.
Things to Consider in a Fire Risk Assessment.
If you are looking to carry out a fire risk assessment on your Bath-based premises, you should consider the existing fire safety measures in place and highlight any possible improvements that could be made in order to reduce the risk of a fire occurring. Some important considerations to include are;
Procedures and Training
Not knowing what to do and essentially making it up as you go along in the event of a fire can waste time and even be the difference between life and death. Having a detailed plan that includes all of the specifics such as who is responsible for what in the event of a fire and what the evacuation and assembly procedures are is required and should be communicated to all employees as a part of their health and safety training. If you’re looking to educate your employees further about fire safety, courses such as the NEBOSH Fire Safety Certificate can give them a great deal of knowledge that could come in handy one day.
A fire needs to be detected as soon as it starts to give people the best chance of escape and the best chance of stopping it. After all, the earlier a fire is detected and an alarm is raised, the more time you have to act. Your employees need to be able to recognise the sound of a fire alarm and what to do when they hear it. You should also ensure that alarm points are located within easy reach so that an alarm can be raised quickly.
It goes without saying that large fires should be left to the experts to be dealt with. However, smaller fires can be tackled and extinguished before they spread and become dangerous.
Suitable fire fighting equipment should be made available, including the correct type of fire extinguishers and all workers should receive training on how to use the equipment if necessary.
Having poorly maintained machinery and equipment to fight a fire can all contribute to a potential fire starting, spreading and becoming a hazard. Therefore, suitable maintenance should be carried out when it comes to fire safety.
The above list is by no means exhaustive and provides just a handful of things that should be taken into consideration when performing a fire risk assessment on your Bath-based business premises.
Why Choose Brunel for Fire Risk Assessments in Bath?
If you are looking for experts to carry out a fire risk assessment on your Bath-based premises, no matter what the size or nature of your business, we’ll be more than happy to help.
Here at Brunel fire and security, we are experienced in providing fire risk assessments in Bath and can match other national companies. We can provide you with an assessment which includes all of our findings/ observations and where necessary, our recommendations that we advise you to take to comply with your statutory duties. All of our fire risk assessments will be undertaken by a qualified professional.
Over the years, we have worked with a wide variety of businesses and organisations across Bath and the surrounding areas, who trust us time and time again to look holistically at fire safety, taking into account a wide range of factors.
We are also Safe Contractor approved, with a goal of understanding our client’s requirements and exceeding their expectations.
Contact us Today for Fire Risk Assessments in Bath
Here at Brunel Fire & Security, we are proud to provide fire risk assessments across Bath alongside an efficient service that you can trust. After all, we are passionate about what we do and we do it well.
So, for a reliable and comprehensive fire risk assessment in Bath, be sure to get in touch with our team on 0117 259 1000. We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss all your requirements. If you prefer, make sure to fill in our on-site contact form.