Overloaded plug sockets. Faulty electrical equipment. Heaters covered or left plugged in. All of these hazards aren’t difficult to imagine within the workplace, and the effects can be devastating.
Unlike most other safety concerns, if fire hazards aren’t controlled properly, they have the potential to injure or kill large numbers of people very quickly. Even if harm is avoided, the costs of a serious fire can be significant, and many businesses do not recover.
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Protect your people and property from fire risk
Fires happen in all industries. In some, where there are large quantities of waste and combustible materials, dust build-up and/or flammable liquids and vapours, the risk is amplified.
Whether you’re a school or a manufacturing facility, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, you must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can escape safely should one occur. If you’re not equipped to manage this risk yourself, WorkNest and our partners can help.
- Ensure your fire safety arrangements are effective and review and remedy potential fire hazards through an on-site health and safety audit (General Risk Assessment)
- Get a more in-depth picture of fire risk with a specific Fire Risk Assessment, provided either by ourselves or our partners depending on your level of risk, should this be required
- Develop internal awareness and competence with RoSPA-approved e-Learning training, including fire safety essentials, fire wardens and DSEAR courses
- Access expert-created templates, checklists and forms from our full-version Knowledge Hub available via myWorkNest
- Maintain safety and compliance with unlimited advice and support from a dedicated Health & Safety specialist
FAQ | Fire Safety for employers
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Develop your fire strategy, minimise the potential for harm
All organisations, regardless of size or sector, should have a fire strategy. Do you have an evacuation plan setting out a suitable method for raising the alarm and means of escape? Are your fire management system and fire safety controls monitored for effectiveness? Do staff know what to do in the event of a fire through induction training, regular refreshers and drills?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, your fire prevention strategy and emergency arrangements may fall short of legal requirements and you may be putting your people, business and reputation at risk.
To discuss your specific needs and enquire about the right fire safety support for your business, contact us on 0345 226 8393.
Do I need a Fire Risk Assessment?
The Regulatory Reform 2005 states that it is an absolute requirement for the responsible person to conduct a Fire Risk Assessment. The responsible person is the main duty holder, and WorkNest can assist by completing this for you.
Do I need to have all my portable appliances tested annually?
You must make sure electrical equipment is safe if it can cause damage, but the law does not say how you must do this or how often. Besides regular user checks, the HSE recommends that all portable equipment is visually inspected at initial intervals which could be between six months and four years depending on the type of equipment. The regulator also states that portable equipment that is not double insulated should have a portable appliance test at initial intervals which could be between one and five years depending on the type of equipment.
How do I store flammable chemicals safely?
Flammable chemicals should be stored in secure fire-resistant containers/cabinets when not in use. Consider limiting the quantity on site to further reduce the fire hazard.
How do I monitor the actions arising from my Fire Risk Assessment?
Your WorkNest General Risk Assessment (or Fire Risk Assessment as appropriate) will identify any areas of non-compliance. Afterwards, you will receive an electronic report that includes a prioritised action plan together with practical advice to remedy shortfalls.
Every client gets access to our award-winning Health & Safety Software which can be used to manage all health and safety responsibilities quickly and efficiently. The software includes apps that enable you to manage any actions arising from the General Risk Assessment and Fire Risk Assessment, as well as conduct workplace inspections, develop risk assessments and record and investigate accidents. It also includes a repository for all your health and safety documentation, including your Health & Safety Policy and Handbook.
What's included in our fixed-fee Health & Safety support
Accident and Incident Investigation
An accident in the workplace is every employer’s worst nightmare. We can help to guide your investigation, advise on corrective action and protect your interests in the event of regulatory enforcement.
Can you help us prepare an accident investigation report?
Yes. This can be tricky to get right, especially as once you reach conclusions and set out the actions you have taken, the document is disclosable to the other side in the event of a personal injury claim or prosecution. We’ll help you stick to the facts, keep opinion separate, and make sure the report is presented in a way that protects your best interests and, most importantly, identifies the things that need to be put right to prevent reoccurrence.
We have been written to by the regulator regarding a health and safety incident. Can you help?
Yes. In the event of a serious accident or emergency, we will support your investigation and advise you on your communications with the enforcing authority. We will be there to help mitigate damage, guide you and support you. If you have received a letter from the regulator, we can help you to formulate a response until legal advice is required, in which case (if you have chosen to take it) our Legal Expenses Insurance is activated.
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Why choose us?
Experts in Health & Safety support
If you’re not confident in your current practices, or don’t have professional support in place, our network of qualified Health & Safety Consultants can help you to build a safe and compliant working environment through expert support tailored to your organisation.
- Approved by a Primary Authority
- Dedicated specialists with recognised qualifications
- Genuine hands-on experience of managing risk
- Unlimited 24/7 advice, award-winning software and policy support
- The confidence to act as one of your competent persons
Who you’ll be working with
Executive Director, Privacy International
WorkNest supports our 280 staff members with Employment Law and Health & Safety and has provided quality management training too.”
Head of Service Delivery, Catalyst Choice
We get a great deal of comfort and satisfaction knowing that we have support as and when we need it, in a decisive and responsive way.”
Group HR Director, Culina Group
We moved our legal support to WorkNest (formerly Law at Work) having previously used a time and line law firm. It was important, though, that an all-inclusive fee structure did not come at the expense of quality. Thankfully we’ve been delighted with the service we’ve received from WorkNest.”
What we recognised in WorkNest is the background that they have. They are able to supply knowledge and experience in a number of disciplines, which enables us to develop our business in a way that’s safe, to do it on time and with a quality to it.”
Director of Human Resources and Health & Safety,
Bluestone National Park Resort
Chief Executive, The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT)
As the company started to get larger, we knew we had to protect our employees and our contractors both onsite and in the offices. WorkNest is exactly what we needed to move the company forward.”
Operations Director, Beaverfit
Pineapple have worked with the team at WorkNest (formerly Law at Work) since 2003, and we have built a trusted partnership together. We particularly like WorkNest’s concise and practical advice concerning employment law/HR issues and also appreciate their totally supportive approach in all areas of health and safety.”
Pineapple Dance Studios
I’ve taken WorkNest into every organisation that I’ve worked with. I’ve introduced them to many teams and many colleagues and referred them with absolute pleasure because I genuinely trust in the service that we get.”
People Director, The Works
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