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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

Warehouse fire risk assessment

When you work with Bison Assist, we help you cover all the bases when it comes to fire safety. When we perform your warehouse fire risk assessment, you will get a report that guides you through all the measures you need to put in place to be legally compliant, as well as protect your employees, visitors and your property.

Warehouse fire risk assessment Saving lives

This is the primary goal of fire prevention. Our warehouse fire risk assessment will help us create your fire action plan. It will identify potential hazards and risks as well as recommend steps you can take to instruct and train your employees. This might include putting up signage, clearing exit routes, appointing responsible persons and checking warning systems.

Warehouse fire risk assessment Reducing costs

Fire and smoke damage are often extensive. While insurance may cover many of your losses, the cost to your business in terms of time and effort can still be high. We can suggest ways to limit the damage so that if you do have an incident, the impact on your business is minimal. For example, we may look at how your fire detection systems work in the event that there is an incident when no one is in the building.

Compliance

Even if you do not have any fires, there is still a risk to be prosecuted for non-compliance with regulations. If in the event of a fire you cannot show that you have taken all the necessary reasonable steps to prevent it, you may be liable for criminal prosecution. We can offer advice on recording your activities and demonstrating your compliance to help prevent any legal issues.

How we can help

We keep all these aspects in mind when we conduct your warehouse fire risk assessment. The final action plan for your premises will be comprehensive and detailed so you will have practical steps that you can take to bring your working environment up to standard.

When a member of the Bison Assist team comes to carry out your assessment, it will not disrupt your working processes. Our recommendations are based on the latest legislation and will minimise or eliminate fire risks, whenever possible. Wherever you are in the UK, we can get a team member out to you as quickly as possible when you book a fire risk assessment with us.

Fire risk assessment residential flats

If you are the landlord of a block of residential flats, you are usually responsible for fire safety compliance in communal areas. As these are likely to also be the exit routes for the residents, they are vital to any evacuation plan. There are plenty of nuances when it comes to the law in this area. To ensure that you are compliant, you need to carry out a formal fire risk assessment. Residential flats are one of the types of property that we have experience working with at Bison Assist. We can help you create an action plan to bring your building up to standard and create a timetable for future checks and maintenance.

What is ‘a risk’?

First of all, a risk is the likelihood of a hazard to cause harm. When it comes to fire safety, there are two aspects that we assess: potential hazards and risks. The former is anything that is likely to cause an issue. The second is the chance that it will happen. Once we have identified hazards and evaluated the risks, we make recommendations and offer advice to help eradicate or minimise both. The hazards that we come across vary with each fire risk assessment. Residential flats might have some or all of the following:

  • Blocked exits
  • Improperly maintained warning equipment
  • Inadequate firefighting equipment
  • Poor signage
  • Bad lighting
  • Hazardous or flammable materials

Modern flats will have stringent fire safety measures built into the design. The risk and level of work required will be higher for bigger, older buildings. You may also need to consider any special matters/conditions that apply to your residents based on their age and/or physical capabilities. We help you take all this into account when we carry out your fire risk assessment.

Follow-up

You need to re-evaluate the fire safety measures in your flats at regular intervals. The exact timeframe varies depending on the modernity of your premises. We establish an excellent working relationship with our clients from the outset so that you can rely on our services for years to come.

Get compliant fast

With Nationwide coverage, one of our Bison Assist representatives can visit your property as soon as possible, no matter where you are in the UK. Once you begin the process, you are already starting to fulfil your legal obligations. We can take you step-by-step through the process of ensuring you are fire safety compliant. Our team track the latest legislative developments to make sure you are up to date. 

School fire risk assessment

At Bison Assist, we offer tailored fire risk assessments for many different types of premises. The service we offer to schools is carried out during the normal working day without disrupting any activities. We provide a comprehensive report that will help minimising the risk(s), prevent expensive damage and ensure that you are compliant with legislation.

What does a school fire risk assessment do?

Fire risk assessment shapes your fire plan. It identifies potential hazards and suggests ways to minimise the danger. The initial goal of a fire plan is to prevent fires from occurring. When they do happen, the plan helps to prevent spreading and aids firefighting. It also ensures that people can be evacuated safely. Some fire plans also include steps to ensure the removal of valuable property, if it is safe to do so.

What will your fire risk assessment do?

Your school fire risk assessment will produce an initial plan to ensure your premises and people are compliant, having appropriate training. It will also lay out your ongoing responsibilities. There are various checks that need to be carried out to ensure that everything remains at the required standard.

What will we do?

A member of the team from Bison Assist will identify and evaluate fire hazards and make recommendations for you to carry out in order to reduce the risk. The consultant may recommend the removal of hazards where possible or recommend steps that you can take to minimise the risk. This could include installing or maintaining equipment, clearing fire routes or protecting various areas.

To be compliant with legislation, you need to be able to show the steps you have taken to minimise risk. We can advise on how to record your actions, create plans for ad-hoc risks, inform staff, pupils and visitors about risk prevention, and train people when necessary.

Contact us

At Bison Assist, we offer a UK-wide service. When you book a school fire risk assessment with us, one of our friendly, professional representatives will visit your establishment as soon as possible. They provide you with all the information you need to minimise any risks and ensure the safety of your school.

Why The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 matters for your business?

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A look at employee health & safety in numbers.

In 1974 working in the UK became a whole lot safer as then Secretary of State Michael Foot introduced the Health and Safety Act 1974. Although today the Health and Safety Act is an integral part of any reputable business, this Bill only got passed on its third attempt through Parliament. The difference it has made since then is substantial to say the least.

As a private or public organisation in the UK today your employees and your business reap the benefits of this legislation. Helping ensure you continue to do so by staying compliant are health and safety companies, including Bison Assist.

Why does The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 matter so much?

Taking a look at some of the numbers to come out of the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveals just how important this decades’ old piece of legislation is to the wellbeing of your employees:

  • since 1974 the number of fatal injuries to employees has dropped by a staggering 85%
  • since the mid-1980s the number of non-fatal injuries reported by employees has dropped by almost 60%
  • since 1990 the number of musculoskeletal disorders reported by employees has dropped by half
  • since 1990 work-related ill-health reported by employees has dropped by a third

Staying compliant with The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 has clearly improved the lives of the UK working population. A healthier, happier workforce ultimately means your organisation is more likely to succeed. On the flipside, failure to comply with this legislation leads to employee injuries, fatalities and hefty fines.

Making the right choice

Staying compliant without the assistance of health and safety companies who have an in-depth knowledge of health and safety legislation and how to meet its exacting requirements is a risk that is simply not worth taking. But with so many health and safety companies to choose from, who should you turn to for your health and safety audit?

At Bison Assist, we’re certain we’re the right choice and here’s why:

  • we provide services nationwide so we can get to you wherever you are in the UK
  • we have years of experience across a range of business, so we understand the challenges you are facing
  • we provide unbeatable discounts when you choose us for multiple services
  • our highly skilled assessors have a reputation for being friendly, professional and thorough in their work
  • we give reasonable and practicable advice, so you understand what is expected from you in terms of minimising and managing the risks in the workplace.
  • we provide a comprehensive health and safety audit to help you meet HSE and CQC, so you won’t ever have to worry about compliance again

To get a free quote for your health and safety audit with Bison Assist click here

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Health and safety risk assessment

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