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.
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:
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