Fire Safety in the Workplace
One of the biggest threats to your staff and to your business is fire. As an employer you need to focus on two things:
- Minimising the risk of a fire breaking out – remember prevention is the best cure
- Ensuring that there is a clear and efficient procedure in place, should a fire occur
Who is responsible for fire safety in the workplace?
Let’s keep this simple,
The person responsible for fire safety is the employer, or the person who has control of the premises.
It is common for there to be more than one responsible person and this role may be shared between the employer AND the person who owns the building (landlord).
What do I need to do to comply with Fire Safety legislation?
Take note! As a business owner, landlord, occupier, you’ll need to:
- Carry out a fire risk assessment and review this on a regular basis. It is not stipulated how often you must review it, but best practise is to carry out a review of your fire risk assessment at least once a year.
- Put in place adequate fire safety measures and fire protection equipment
- Ensure you have an emergency plan in place should a fire occur.
- Provide your staff with the information and training they need to stay safe from fire.
What is a Fire Risk Assessment and why do I need one?
Carrying out fire risk assessments is a legal requirement. If you have 5+ employees then you must keep a written fire risk assessment on site.
(That’s not to say that just because you have under 5 employees you can neglect fire safety. You have a duty of care and promoting fire safety should be top of your list – regardless of employee count.)
Your Fire Risk Assessment is there to evaluate and protect your staff and business from fire risk. This includes:
- Identifying the potential causes of fire within the premises
- Identifying the people who will be at risk should a fire incident occur
- Considering the emergency routes that will be used in the event of a fire
- Assessing the suitability of your fire equipment, including: fire alarm systems, fire safety signs & fire extinguishers
- Assessing the emergency fire evacuation plan
- Ensuring that the needs of vulnerable people or those with disabilities are met
If you do not have an appropriate Fire Risk Assessment the penalty can be prosecution, with severe fines and, if extreme negligence is proven, prison terms.
How can ClearView help with my business’ fire safety?
As a business owner, we can help you meet your obligations in regard to fire safety.
Depending on the type of building and the business activities that are performed within it, you will need to implement the most appropriate fire detection equipment. ClearView can carry out fire risk assessments on your behalf to identify any potential risks that may potentially harm your business.
Following the fire risk assessment, we’ll show you what equipment you need to install and whereabouts it needs to go to keep your staff safe.
Call 01245 214104 to speak to a member of our sales team today!
Information on workplace fire safety has come from The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – view the complete legislation document here