Regular fire safety checks are a mandatory part of any business and are grouped in to daily, weekly and monthly activities which check procedures are working and compliance is met. This means that regular checks on equipment, layout, storage of materials and training are essential.

Fire drills should also be carried out at least once a year and more frequently in the case of complex building structures.

On top of the regular in-house Fire Marshal duties a full annual assessment is recommended. Although not mandatory an annual fire risk assessment is seen as best practise as it looks across all the procedures, the building, fire doors, layout, evacuation routes, fire extinguishers and compliance to make sure that nothing is missed.

As it is an employer’s duty to demonstrate compliance is met it is essential that regular inspections are carried out and accurate records kept demonstrating compliance.