If you own a business that employs five members of staff or more, you will need to ensure that your organisation undertakes a fire risk assessment. Because we are specialists in providing comprehensive fire risk assessment services in Kent, we can help you to ensure that your staff and your customers are protected from harm should the worst occur.
The law states that you need to have a written record of your fire risk assessment, and that it must be undertaken by a “responsible person”. With businesses already pushed to breaking point to remain competitive in challenging times, asking a member of your staff or management team to shoulder more responsibility, could lead to corners being cut. This could have a potentially detrimental effect on the health and safety of your staff and visitors.
This is where a professional fire risk assessment service in Kent provided by Risk Safety Services can help. We can undertake a thorough assessment of your premises and provide you with guidance on how to improve your current fire safety policies and procedures.
What Is Involved In A Fire Risk Assessment?
During our assessment of your premises, we will look to identify any areas that could be potentially hazardous, and find ways of improving them to ensure that you are always meeting your legal and regulatory obligations.
These could include the following:
Identifying potential fire hazards in the workplace
Every year, fires in the workplace cause significant damages to property, as well as injury or death, to thousands of workplaces in the UK. To help prevent fires occurring in the first place, our fire risk assessment services in Kent will look to identify potential hazards in your workplace. Depending on the nature of your business, and the type of premises you are working from, there are a variety of hazards that we would look for. These would include:
- The storage of waste and combustible materials
- The storage and disposal of flammable liquids and vapours
- The build up of dust in your workplace
- Access to fire exits.
- Faulty Electrical Equipment
- Overloaded power sockets
Identifying people at risk
You must consider anyone who may be at risk whilst on your premises. This would include not just your own staff members, but also customers, visitors or those who work in isolated areas. Contractors such as cleaning or security staff should also be considered. Particular attention should be paid to those with limited mobility, hearing difficulties or impaired vision.
3. Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks
These three words are the corner stone of successful fire risk assessment services in Kent. Every area of your workplace must be assessed and once a hazard has been identified, decisions must be made based on the following:
- How much of a risk does a certain situation pose to people on the premises
- How can you remove the risk
- How can you reduce the risk
Our professional and experienced fire risk assessment services in Kent, will help you to identify hazards and categorise them for your own safety.
4. Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training
As we have already mentioned, companies that employ 5 members of staff or more MUST have a written record of any assessment. Following on from this, you can create an intelligent and effective emergency plan and provide training for all of your staff.
5. Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly
It is not enough to just undertake one assessment and hope for the best. You need to ensure that regular assessments are carried out, especially if any changes are made to the structure or fabric of the building, or the nature of your work changes. You could review your assessment yourselves, or better still, have our fully trained assessors back to update your polices and plans accordingly.
Professional Fire Risk Assessment Services In Kent from Risk Safety Services
We can provide you with all the tools you need to ensure that your fire risk safety assessment in Kent is properly recorded, and that your staff are fully trained in how to behave should a fire occur on your premises. We can provide a wide range of health and safety services, all aimed at ensuring you and your staff are kept safe at all times.
If you would like to book a fire risk assessment in Kent, call out helpful and friendly team today on 0843 523 0410.