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Fire Risk Assessment
Fire Risk Assessment's help businesses identify fire hazards and the people potentially at risk. Evaluating, reducing, or totally removing the risks in the process. Later recording these findings and preparing an emergency plan.
Do I need a Fire Risk Assessment?
The main legislation for fire safety is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRFSO) 2005.
The order places duties on those who have control of non-domestic premises to have general precautions in place to prevent and control risks from fire.
The order also specifies that all non-domestic premises employing five or more people must have a fire risk assessment carried out by a ‘responsible person’, with the requirement for regular reviews.
You must always record any of your significant findings.
As per UK governement regulations, you will be required to:
• plan for an emergency
• ensure that staff are provided with information, fire safety instruction and training
• listen, acknowledge and where appropriate act upon information provided by others about fire safety concerns, for example staff or customers
What does a Fire Risk Assessment involve?
A fire risk assessment is a process involving the systematic evaluation of the factors that determine the hazard from fire, as well as the likelihood that there will be a fire, and also the consequences if one were to occur.
There are both qualitative and quantitative methods of risk assessment that can be used. Semi quantitative points schemes can also be employed. A standard qualitative fire risk assessment based on PAS 79, will usually meet requirements in most instances.
When you would need a Fire Risk Assessment
Firstly, as mentioned above, the law states that if you are in a non domestic premises and you employ over five people, you have a duty of care to ensure that you conduct regular fire safety checks.
You wish to prepare for the worst case scenario and therefore, seek a professional Fire Risk Assessment to best improve the likelihood of a successful insurance claim in the event of a fire.
When you move to a new commercial premises, you will be required by law to evaluate that new buildings potential fire hazards and the safety precautions required.
If you have recently carried out any kind of renovation or other building works and you need to find out if your building is still safely protected from fire hazards.
What is expected of me as a responsible person?
The RRFSO places duties on responsible persons to have general fire precautions in place to protect relevant persons and ensure that the premises are safe.
• Complete a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment.
• Have fire safety arrangements in place, e.g. a fire safety management system, including a fire safety policy.
• Have fire preventive measures in place, e.g. keeping sources of ignition, fuel and oxygen apart.
• Have fire protective measures in place, e.g. building fire protection, escape routes, fire detection and warning systems, firefighting equipment and emergency procedures.
• Base preventive and protective measures on the principles of prevention.
• Give employees information, instruction and training on fire risks, preventive and protective measures.
• Appoint one or more competent persons to assist them in undertaking preventive and protective measures.
How to ensure that you remain legally compliant
Make sure that you designate a responsible person(s) who understands safety precautions required and understands the fire safety equipment and how to use it
Stay informed and look for updates to any changing fire safety policies whilst maintaining that you stick to routine of carrying out regular safety checks
See to it that all relevant staff are trained and well versed in fire safety procedures, along with having a clear bulding evacuation plan that everyone can easily follow.
Get regular fire risk assessments, maintaining that you keep up to date with recommended frequency and that any records are reflective of that
Maintain compliance with relevant fire safety law
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