Responsibilities of a fire risk assessor

What are the responsibilities of a Fire Risk Assessor?

If you are the Responsible Person of premises – you must ensure you carry out a fire risk assessment. For most people, it is the case that they will use the services of a fire risk assessor. In this scenario, you are choosing to appoint a ‘competent’ risk assessor to carry out a fire risk assessment on your behalf. However, you still are responsible in law for meeting the requirements of the assessment.

Why use an assessor?
A Fire Risk Assessment is not only your duty but also a legal requirement. If you are responsible for a building, an example being as an employer, owner or occupier of premises that isn’t classed as a private home, you need to make sure a competent person completes a Fire Risk Assessment for you. It is your role to identify fire risks and hazards in your premises and take the right action.

As well as this, if five or more people work at your premises or your business location has a licence under an enactment in force, you’ll be required to have your fire risk assessment as a written record. Be sure you review your risk assessment often and whenever significant changes have been made that would have an impact on it. It makes sense as well as being a legal requirement, often businesses will not totally recover after a fire, and effective fire prevention starts with properly understanding the risk factors involved.
What are the consequences of not having a fire risk assessment?
If there’s a fire and you have not met your legal duties to keep people safe, you could be fined and may even end up doing some time in prison.
How will the fire risk assessment be carried out?
In broad terms, assessments are conducted in five key phases:

Identify any potential fire hazards.
Identify individuals that may be at risk in this scenario.
Assess, remove or lower the chance of any risks.
Record their findings, prepare an emergency plan and offer training.
Review and update the fire risk assessment often.
Who checks it?
A part of the duty of a fire risk assessor is to keep people safe from fire. If your premises are not safe, or you haven’t done an assessment, you will likely be fined. If your assessor believes people are at risk, they may even have to temporarily shut your business until it is made safe for employees and members of the public.

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Working Safely with Asbestos

It’s very likely that lots of employees will not be exposed to asbestos dangerous effects as long as it stays undisturbed. However, several trades involve a certain level of risk to asbestos exposure, especially if daily tasks require altering the structure of buildings or working near damaged or unstable buildings built prior to 2000. If you’re a tradesperson, engineer or surveyor you may find yourself working with asbestos, it’s important to be able to identify these situations before getting on-site. This is why we have put together this handy guide to asbestos safety in the workplace.

Have all the necessary training
Employees and supervisors have to have the necessary training for any work which is carried out with asbestos. Anyone with the potential to disturb asbestos should undertake asbestos awareness training to understand how best to avoid contact.

Workers that will be carrying out work that may disrupt asbestos, such as drilling holes or laying cables need to have a higher level of information, instruction and training as well as asbestos awareness.

Assess the conditions of the workplace
For non-domestic premises, the individual managing the property should offer you with information if there is asbestos and what condition it is in.

If no information is available but you have a suspicion of asbestos it might be present in the area you are going to work on, then samples should be collected and analysed or proceed with the assumption it is asbestos.

Carry out a risk assessment and determine if you are able to carry out the building or maintenance work and avoid the risk of asbestos exposure altogether.

If contact with asbestos is unpreventable, the next phase must involve identifying who may be at risk and the level of possible asbestos exposure from any work and the necessary approach to providing quality control of the risks.

Wear the correct PPE

Asbestos has very fine, microscopic fibres that can cling to hair, clothes and the skin, so it’s essential that for any work carried out on or around asbestos that you wear the right personal protective equipment (PPE), you will be putting yourself in great danger if you don’t.

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