What do I have to do?
Employers (and/or building owners or occupiers) must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and keep it up to date. This shares the same approach as health and safety risk assessments.
To help prevent fire in the workplace, the risk assessment should identify what could cause a fire to start, ie sources of ignition (heat or sparks) and substances that burn, and the people who may be at risk.
Suitable Controls might be;
- Keep sources of ignition and flammable substances apart.
- Avoid accidental fires, eg make sure heaters cannot be knocked over.
- Ensure good housekeeping at all times, eg avoid build-up of rubbish that could burn.
- Consider how to detect fires and how to warn people quickly if they start, eg installing smoke alarms and fire alarms or bells.
- Have the correct fire-fighting equipment for putting a fire out quickly.
- Keep fire exits and escape routes clearly marked and unobstructed at all times.
- Ensure your workers receive appropriate training on procedures they need to follow, including fire drills.
- Review and update your risk assessment regularly.