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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.


Five steps to a fire risk assessment:


1 – Identify people at risk • People in and about the premises and those especially at risk.

2 – Identify fire hazards • Sources of ignition, fuel and oxygen.

3 – Evaluate the Risk. Are Existing Fire Safety Measures Adequate? • Evaluate the risk of a fire occurring. • What is the risk to people from that fire? • Control or reduce the fire hazard. • Control or reduce the risk to people from that fire.

4 – Record Fire Safety Risk Assessment information, such as: • Significant findings and actions taken; • Emergency plan; • Inform and instruct relevant people; • Provide training.

5 – Review of Fire Risk Assessments • Keep assessment under review and revise where necessary


It is recommended that you review your risk assessment at least annually. You must review your risk assessment regularly and whenever there has been a significant change that could impact it. This applies to all risk assessments whether you are required to keep a record or not.


Significant changes could include:

  • a change of usage

  • a change of contents

  • an alteration to the building.

Regularly reviewing your fire risk assessment will help you ensure the fire safety measures you have put in place remain suitable and identify any additional measures.


Would you like to know more about how Protest ES Ltd can help protect your business, staff, and visitors, thus keeping you safe and legally compliant with the latest regulations?


Please do not hesitate to contact us, by calling this number: 01604 696113 today. Or contact us via email: enquiries@protestesltd.co.uk

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