Archive June 2019

Fire risk assessment report

What is a fire risk assessment report?

The purpose of a fire risk assessment report is to help you identify any fire hazards in your organisation and subsequently deal with any potential risks that may arise off the back of this assessment. In England and Wales, it is a legal requirement for every workplace to carry out a fire risk assessment and in businesses where there are 5 or more employees, a record must be kept of any significant findings in the form of a fire risk assessment report.

Fire risk assessment report

The responsible person

As well as employers having a duty to undertake a fire risk assessment, there are also other non-domestic premises in which the person responsible for fire safety, the ‘responsible person’ may need to ensure they have a fire risk assessment report. This could be where you are an owner with paying guests, for example, a bed and breakfast or guesthouse, a landlord or a building manager. It’s important to remember that even small fires can have fatal consequences which can result in serious financial implications for any business.

Who can complete the fire risk assessment?

It’s vital that the person undertaking the fire risk assessment report has the necessary knowledge to identify the risks and suggest practical precautions which can be taken. The type of fire risk assessment report you require will depend on many factors such as the size of your business, type of industry, sector, etc. However, if you are not confident in your ability to complete the fire risk assessment report in accordance with the necessary legislation, then it is advisable for a suitably qualified or experienced person to complete this on your behalf.

How we can help

At Bison Assist, we have years of experience in risk assessment services, across a variety of industries. We always ensure that every member of our team is kept fully up to date with health and safety legislation which is vital as legal guidelines are often subject to change. We can come out to your premises wherever you are based in the UK and carry out a full fire risk assessment in just one visit, with minimal disruption to your team. When it comes to fire risk assessments, don’t compromise on safety, partner with Bison Assist, a recognised leader in the marketplace.  Contact us today.

Fire safety: your responsibility made easier with our help

Last year there were over 15,500 non-residential fires in the UK, resulting in damage to property, injuries and in some cases, fatalities. Whatever size organisation you run, fire safety is important, you are legally obliged to ensure your premises are a safe place for your employees to work, which means taking action to minimise the risk of fire. In fact, the Health and Safety Executive has stated that fire risk assessments are mandatory for all business premises.

Although the responsibility is yours to bear, at Bison Assist we can help ease the burden by taking away any concerns you may have over whether you are compliant with current fire safety legislation. We provide comprehensive fire risk assessments for organisations of all sizes, so you can take the steps you need to ensure the safety of your employees.

Ticking the legal boxes

We make sure we’re always up to date with current fire safety legislation, so you don’t have to worry about keeping up with any changes. Currently there are 4 pieces of legislation that you are required to meet: the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996, the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the Approved Code of Practice – Safety signs and signals (L64 – Third edition 2015).

When we carry out a fire risk assessment at your premises, we’ll make sure you are compliant with each of the legal requirements stipulated in the above legislation. If you aren’t fully compliant, we’ll clearly highlight this in our report alongside recommendations to bring your organisation in line with current regulations.

fire safety

When carrying out your fire risk assessment, our highly trained, professional assessors will make sure that there is minimal disruption to your working day. While we’re addressing the fire safety at your organisation, you can focus on doing what you do best.

Don’t delay

Make sure your premises don’t fall victim to an accidental fire. Protect the safety of your employees and put fire safety first. Book your fire risk assessment with Bison Assist today. We’ll come out to your premises as soon as possible at a time that works for your schedule.

Fire Assessment

What is a Fire Assessment?

All business premises or other non-domestic premises must have a fire risk assessment by law, however, it’s a surprising fact that this important fire safety measure is often overlooked by many businesses. The result of a fire assessment not being carried out can mean many buildings are unnecessarily exposed to fire risk, with the potential for loss of life.

Legal guidelines

Fire risk assessments are a statutory requirement for all commercial premises and non-domestic premises in accordance with The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Penalties such as fines and even imprisonment can be applied if you don’t adhere to the necessary fire safety legislation.

How can we help?

At Bison Assist we are experts in carrying out fire assessments for any company, regardless of size. Our staff are fully trained to carry out fire assessments in a discreet way to ensure that your employees can still carry out their day to day business, with minimal disruption. The level of fire assessment required will vary depending on factors such as the type of premises and its use, but we will generally adopt this 5-step process:

Fire risk safety

1.         Identifying potential fire hazards.

2.         Identifying any people at risk.

3.         Evaluating the risks of fire and assess existing fire safety measures.

4.         Recording the findings and advising you of any action needs to be taken, if applicable.

5.         This fire risk assessment is then to be reviewed and updated regularly.

What is the penalty for not having a fire risk assessment?

If you do not ensure an adequate fire risk assessment has been carried out, this can result in strict penalties. You may be subject to severe fines, or even prison sentences in cases of extreme negligence. It is therefore vital that if you are responsible for fire safety at your premises or place of work, that you comply with all the relevant rules, regulations and procedures.

Bison Assist provides UK-wide coverage and so our friendly, fully trained staff can come out to you and undertake a fire risk assessment, wherever you are based. Contact us today

Put fire safety first with fire risk training

No matter what industry you’re in, no matter at what level of your organisation your employees work, in every workplace the responsible person must ensure that his staff members are receiving adequate safety training, as laid out in the Fire Safety Order 2005. This training must be up-to-date and in line with current fire safety regulations.

So how can you stay on top of the latest regulations? How can you ensure your staff are getting appropriate fire risk training?

With the help of Bison Assist. We provide up-to-date e-learning courses across a range of health and safety areas, including fire awareness. All of our courses are tailored to address the legal requirements set out by Health and Safety Executive, so you can rest assured that your organisation is compliant.

fire risk training

Why choose e-learning?

Whether you have 10 employees or 10,000, you won’t want to take them away from their normal working routine any longer than is necessary. With e-learning, easy online access means they can slot in their fire risk training around their usual duties, working at their own pace to complete it any time, day or night. This means minimal disruption to your business, as well as being cost effective. You’ll also be reducing your carbon footprint as you avoid the need for traditional onsite training.

What do we cover as part of our fire risk training?

Our e-learning fire awareness course covers:

  • the dangers of fire
  • the importance of fire safety
  • the importance of fire awareness and prevention
  • scenarios addressing the consequences of fire.

On completion of our e-learning course, your employees will understand their responsibilities regarding fire and be able to explain the nature of fire, what fire hazards are and how to minimise them, as well as be able to outline the dangers and related issues around false fire alarms. From a practical standpoint, your employees will also be able to identify the different types of fire extinguishers, explain their uses and know what action to take should a fire occur.

To find out more about fire risk training, as well as the fire risk assessments we provide, get in touch with our team today. We’re here to ensure you stay safe and stay compliant.