First Safety should be a significant consideration for all businesses. In the UK, regardless of the size of your organisation, fire safety regulations exist that must be adhered to. Rules and procedures must be followed, and measures must be implemented, it’s important to remember that these rules exist to keep everyone safe.
So, how is it best to keep informed of these rules and regulations?
At Acufire we keep fully up to date with current laws and legislation, and have a great deal of experience in working with organisations, implementing new practices and ensuring all fire safety equipment is secure, accessible and in good working order. This enables you and your staff to concentrate on the needs of the business, with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the issues surrounding fire safety are fully taken care of.
Do Fire Safety Orders apply to small businesses?
Fire Safety Orders are applicable to employers, business owners, landlords, and all occupants of business premises. If you run a small business, then you do have to follow all current fire safety regulations. You are responsible for the fire safety of yourself, your employees, and your premises, as well as any other persons on them.
Do I need to test my emergency lighting?
Emergency lighting needs to be checked and tested every month to assess its functionality, and the results must be recorded. It should also be checked yearly by a trained individual. Acufire test emergency lighting, check emergency routes, smoke ventilation systems, fire extinguishers and electrical supplies.
How often do I need to conduct a fire risk assessment?
Fire risk assessments are mandatory to protect yourself, your employees, and/or business from the potential effects of a fire. There is no stated frequency at which these assessments must be made, but the law stipulates that they must be made ‘regularly’. We recommend best practice is an annual review, with a new Fire Risk Assessment every 3 years.
Can Acufire help my business with Display Energy Certificates (DEC)?
DEC's are mandatory for all businesses and an energy assessor such as Acufire can help you obtain certification for your building. We will assess the total energy consumption and provide all certification.
Do I need to conduct an ESOS assessment if I am already ISO 50001 compliant?
An ISO 50001 helps organisations to be more energy efficient and provides a strong framework for energy management. If you are currently ISO 50001 compliant this means you are also ESOS compliant. So there is no requirement to conduct an ESOS assessment if you are already ISO 50001 compliant.