Fire and its accompanying smoke can be devastating to lives, property and the day-to-day running of your business.
Therefore, minimising the chances of its occurrence, and ensuring your staff are adequately equipped and informed are essential and legally necessary parts of fire safety.
To meet your responsibilities as an employer, you must:
- Carry out a fire risk assessment of your premises which should be reviewed regularly;
- Inform staff about any identified risks;
- Put in place and maintain adequate fire safety measures;
- Plan for emergencies; and
- Provide staff information, fire safety instructions and training relevant to your fire risk assessment.
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How Loch Wellness can help:
Undertaking a fire risk assessment, implementing evacuation plans, drafting and circulating necessary information, arranging additional training and ordering equipment can all seem like daunting tasks.
With help from Loch Wellness, they don’t need to be.
Instead, our fire safety specialists can help you to undertake regular assessments – with minimal disruption to your business – and use the results to take action.
Part of that action might be to create a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP), a document that outlines how someone who might have difficulty responding to a fire alarm or exiting a building will be accounted for.
Alternative or additional action might also include organising additional training, something that Loch Wellness can also assist with, and additional fire marshals who can take proactive steps to ensure safety.
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Who is responsible for fire safety in the workplace?
The responsibility for fire safety in the workplace is shared by individuals known as ‘responsible people’. In the eyes of the law, those responsible people might include:
- Building owners;
- Building occupiers; and
- Anyone else who controls the premises.
When two or more groups of responsible people are present, the responsibility is shared, and they must work together to meet their obligations.
What does PEEP mean in fire safety?
The acronym PEEP stands for Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan. As part of fire safety, a PEEP is a document that outlines how someone who might be unable to respond to an alarm or evacuate a building by themselves will do so.
Identifying where a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan is necessary will be identified through an effective fire risk assessment, which should be regularly reviewed.
As part of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, you are required, by law, to ensure that any vulnerable or disabled members of staff or guests can be seamlessly evacuated to a place of safety should an outbreak of fire occur.
How many steps make up a fire safety risk assessment?
According to the UK government website, there should be at least five steps to a fire safety risk assessment. Those steps are:
1. Identify the fire hazards;
2. Identify people at risk;
3. Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks;
4. Record your findings (a legal requirement for businesses with five or more employees), provide training and create an emergency plan; and
5. Review and update your fire safety risk assessment regularly.