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Undertaking a Fire Risk Assessment doesn’t mean you’ve complied with your legal obligations. Make a plan for implementation of the issues highlighted by the Fire Risk Assessment. Make sure you read the UK Government guide applicable to your business type:

If your business is located in part of a larger building, you should share your findings with your neighbours.

The Fire Risk Assessment should be signed by someone on behalf of the business. To sign the Fire Risk Assessment:

  1. Print the Fire Risk Assessment.

  2. Due to the nature of the Fire Risk Assessment (ie it should be downloaded and completed), it should be wet signed (ie physically signed on paper). 

  3. Complete the necessary components of the Fire Risk Assessment.

  4. The person signing the Fire Risk Assessment on behalf of the business should sign and date the policy statement of the Fire Risk Assessment where indicated.

Identifying and dealing with risk is an ongoing process, so remember to keep your Fire Risk Assessment up to date. It is not wrong or unlawful to answer ‘no’ to the questions, however, if answers reveal a hazard or a risk that should be addressed, decide on, record and carry out the necessary steps.

For more information read Conducting a fire risk assessment.

Make the Fire Risk Assessment available to employees by, for example: 

  • including it in induction packs

  • providing it in hard copy

  • sending it out by email

  • putting it on notice boards or an intranet site, or other easily accessible company computer systems

Note that if your business has 5 or more employees, you will need to keep a written copy of your Fire Risk Assessment.

The Fire Risk Assessment is not a contract and does not need to be signed or agreed to by the employee. You can ask employees to sign an acknowledgement to show that they received it, but it’s not legally required.

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