The law applies to you if you are
- Responsible for a business premises.
- An employer or self-employed with business premises responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes.
- A charity or voluntary organisation.
- A contractor with a degree of control over any premises.
- Providing accommodation for paying guests.
- The Landlord of a building.
There are five key steps in a fire risk assessment:
- Identify fire hazards – eg, how could a fire start? what could burn?
- Consider the people who may be a risk – eg, employees, visitors to the premises, and anyone who may be particularly vulnerable such as children, the elderly and disabled people.
- Evaluate and act – think about what you have found in steps 1 and 2 and remove and reduce any risks to protect people and premises.
- Record, plan and train – keep a record of what risks you identified and what actions you have taken to reduce or remove them. Make a clear plan of how to prevent fires and, should a fire start, you will keep people safe. Make sure your staff know what to do in the event of a fire and if necessary that they are trained for their roles.
- Review – regularly review your risk assessment to ensure it remains up to date and reflects and changes that may have occurred.
What does a Fire Risk Assessment involve?
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