Fire Risk Assessments – “What’s all the fuss about!”

fire risk Scotland imageNine years ago fire law changed in the UK for ever, and now all British Businesses have a legal duty to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment on their place of work. If you are wondering whether it applies to your workplace, I can tell you that it does.

The law now says that a “Responsible Person” must be designated in all workplaces, and that this person has to undertake a Fire Risk Assessment.

If your organisation:

  • Employs five or more people.
  • Has multiple premises.
  • Requires a licence of any type.

The law which covers this is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and “The Fire Scotland Act 2005″, which came into effect in 2006 for England, Scotland and Wales.

If you aren’t fully up to speed or haven’t yet done a Fire Risk Assessment, there’s no need to panic! With a little help and advice it is a logical process that anyone can have done for them.

Fire risk assessors must be proficient to carry out the task and have had suitable techinical training to serve you well! Ask yourself this question “would you let any old Tom Dick or Harry MOT your car?” I reckon your saying no right now!

So with that in mind make sure your risk assessment company has that covered and your risk assessor has the right letters after their name!

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A Responsible Person is defined as the owner, or person in control of the workplace. If you share a building with other organisations, the responsibility may be shared among several people. If you have responsibility for the other people in your organisation, it is safe to assume you will be the Responsible Person, even if other people are too.

It is a FACT that over 70% of businesses involved in major fires either don’t reopen or fail within three years would you allow that to happen to you?

A fire is something your business will definitely be a lot healthier without. We are all doing these Fire Risk Assessments because of the law, but it is actually just giving a formal structure to what we should be doing anyway in the best interests of our businesses and bottom line profits .

Call us today on 01415612735 so we can help you put things safely in place!

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