Fire precautions (Workplace) (amendment)
regulations 1999 require all employees to carry out their fire risk
assessment. One of the most serious health and safety risks too many
organisations is the risk of fire - in 2000, 13,300 retail, industrial and
catering establishments experienced fire resulting in unimaginable anguish
for the owner, managers and the staff concerned with trying to stay in
Research has found that after a major fire, 43% of companies go out of
business within 18 months, even if insured and 30% of companies fail within
3 years, never able to recover financially - many failed organisations are
found to be underinsured!
Workplaces must comply, regardless of whether they have a fire certificate
issued before the amendment under the fire precautions act 1971.
The health and safety executive advises that a
competent person with sufficient training, experience and knowledge and
other qualities, should carry out the assessment and the risks accurately
identified in order to safeguard the safety of employees and if appropriate,
members of the public.
Organisations of all sizes need to be vigilant
and should take health and safety risk assessment seriously, especially in
regard to fire, as failure to do so may be costly in terms of fines and
possible imprisonment. From 1st December 1999 amendments to the fire
precautions (workplace) regulations act 1997 require any business employing
5 or more persons to hold a written fire risk assessment and emergency plan.
Failure to do so is a criminal offence. The local fire brigade can serve
notices requiring compliance and also have the authority to close any
building which does not meet this act.
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We cover the following areas on each risk assessment.