If you have five or more employees, you are required by law to carry out a fire safety risk assessment and keep a written record of the assessment.
Regularly review your fire safety risk assessment
It’s important to remember that fire safety requirements change over time. For example, have you recently employed hard-of-hearing or disabled team members, that aren’t covered by your original plans? Has your building been modified recently, or extended in any way?
These are just a few changes that can significantly impact your level of fire safety risk. If it’s been a while since your last review, it’s essential for you to take time out and update your plans.
Professional risk assessment
When arranging a professional risk assessment, make sure your assessor is suitably qualified (eg BAFE qualified) and offers comprehensive information that covers:
- Preparing emergency routes and exits – emergency preparedness
- Assessing the need for fire detection, early warning systems and equipment
- Planning to protect or remove dangerous substances
- Evaluating the needs of vulnerable people and those with disabilities
- Creating evacuation plans and evacuation procedures
- Fire safety and fire warden training