Health and safety risk assessments are imperative for every property. It is another matter that many property owners, estate agents, developers or construction companies and even a principal designer of a project often don’t consider fire risk assessments and other inspections. Many people opt for health and safety risk assessments but they do so too late; when there has been an incident or an accident – which really is too late. You should still have such assessments did and have your infrastructure improved to be safe but it is necessary you conduct fire risk assessments and other checks as a proactive measure.
Imagine a scenario when you would have fire risk assessments in hindsight. Let us consider there has been no adverse incident. However your property may already be in place. You may have already decked up your property, be it your home or office. When you get the health and safety risk assessments did at such a stage, there can be a certain list of recommendations. To accommodate those recommendations, you may have to make certain changes in your property. This will not only cause some additional expenditure but may also entail the ripping up of walls, pulling down some fixtures, tearing down ceilings and then reinstalling them once again. This whole process is needless and you can easily have the assessments did. Then your principal designer can factor the necessary measures into the initial architectural drawing and accordingly have the safety systems in place.
Fire risk assessments are not costly. They are not mandatory by law for all kinds of properties. However, if you do get the health and safety risk assessments did in advance, you will save money, headache and more importantly save precious lives. When you get fire risk assessments did at the time of designing the property, you get to use the various measures recommended to the design itself. This allows you to work with, and around the necessary installations. A smart principal designer will always be able to use the necessary installations and add elements that cannot only conceal the fixtures but also use them aesthetically so there is no adverse impact on the décor.
Health and safety risk assessments should be a proactive measure. Having these did in hindsight will be a futile measure. If you already have a property developed and there are no fire risk assessments did, you should act today.
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