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10 Fire Risk Assessment Mistakes
The 10 most common mistakes when completing a fire risk assessment are all very easy to overlook for the untrained – you could be making them right now!
To ensure that you’re carrying out your fire risk assessments correctly, take a look through our list:
- DONE FROM A DESKTOP
- There is no physical inspection of the building
- Actually going to the building/ site is an essential part of a fire risk assessment
- Far too many people assume that a virtual assessment is sufficient
- In most instances answering like this will not be deemed suitable and sufficient
- Answers and observations need to be detailed, and must include next steps
- With the above in mind, a fire risk assessment must conclude in an action plan with ranking and suitable timescales
- If you are not trained and competent, the chances are you’ll be missing the main risks!
- It is essential that anyone carrying out a fire risk assessment is trained and has a high level of understanding
- Often overlooked is working to the right legislation, supporting documents, and British Standards
- Tell your employees and pass on significant findings of the assessment
- Is your report current; a true reflection of the premises
- It is essential that all occupants know what to do in the event of a fire and deploy the evacuation strategy effectively
- Have you acted on the findings or just filed the report away until next time
- The person completing the assessment can be prosecuted if they do not complete the work to the level required
- It is absolutely essential that whoever carries out a fire risk assessment understands their obligations and has the means necessary to meet them
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Mark was a fantastic contributor and expert consultant for a programme ACC recently produced on Fire Safety for Care Homes. Mark was a great pleasure to work with, always extremely supportive, forthcoming and responsive to all of our queries, demonstrating great expertise. He was able to adapt quickly to the challenges of filming, taking on the additional role of presenter with great patience, skill and professionalism. We look forward to the opportunity of working on further programmes together in the future.
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