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Fire risk assessment mistakes you could be making right now

NEVER before has fire safety been under such scrutiny following the tragic events of Grenfell.

Fire Risk Assessment is a legal requirement, yet there is still misunderstanding and non compliance. In many instances, business owners and responsible person/s or appointed in charge of fire safety ‘care’ but are ‘unaware’ of what’s involved to make them compliant.

Here’s 10 things you need to be aware of:

1. DESKTOP – There is no physical inspection of the building

2. YES/ NO – In most instances answering like this will not be deemed suitable and sufficient

3. ACTION PLAN – You must conclude with an action plan stating risk ranking and suitable timescales

4. HIGH RISK & TECHNICAL – If you are not trained and competent, the chances are you’ll be avoiding the main risks!

5. GUIDANCE – Often overlooked is working to the right legislation, supporting documents and British Standards

6. SHARE – Tell your employees and pass on significant findings of the assessment

7. KEEP IT CURRENT – Is your report current; a true reflection of the premises?

8. PROCEDURES AND ARRANGEMENTS – It is essential that all occupants know what to do in the event of a fire and deploy the evacuation strategy effectively

9. IGNORE – Have you acted on the findings or just filed the report away until next time?

10. COMPETENCE – The person completing the assessment can be prosecuted

Call Help and Safety at Work Ltd on 08000 838114 or send an email to to find out more and steer you in the right direction or visit www.hasaw.co.uk

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