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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.
Even the relatively safe environment of an office can hide potential risks to employees. Trips and electrical equipment can all contribute to the dangers which is why a risk assessment is key to meeting the standards set out by the Health and Safety Executive.
A thorough risk assessment identifies hazards, which can be anything that’s likely to cause harm or illness. In a healthcare premises, hazards can range from slips, trips and fire, to electrical equipment, the chemicals used and even microbiological hazards.
Having a risk assessment in a care home it’s a legal requirement, especially because of the vulnerable nature of its residents. Visitors, like family or agency professionals also need protecting, alongside staff exposed to slippery surfaces and tripping hazards, for example. You will need in the first place to observe and evaluate the risks residents/staff/visitors might be exposed to and make sure you take appropriate measures to minimise these risks.