Over 90 percent of fires in Irish workplaces are attributed to human error. Furthermore, recent research shows that up to 80 percent of all businesses that experience a large fire never reopen. Fire can and does destroy, lives, business and even communities.
Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 an employer is required to carry out risk assessments including assessing the risks of fire.
The Health and Safety Authority in Ireland (HSA) define a risk assessment as:
“a written document that records a three-step process: Identifying the hazards in the workplace(s) under your control. Then one has to assess the risks presented by these hazards and then putting control measures in place to reduce the risk of these hazards causing harm”.
Any worthwhile fire risk assessment of your premises must include fire prevention, fire detection and warning, and emergency escape and fire-fighting.