WHAT IS A FIRE RISK SAFETY ASSESSMENT?
A fire risk safety assessment is an extensive, in-depth inspection into the health and safety of business premises and therefore highlights potential risks & hazards that could occur during normal operation.
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OUTCOME OF A FIRE RISK SAFETY ASSESSMENT
A fire risk safety assessment also examines the structure and use of the building, in addition to layout and contents. Case study on the structural assessment of building damaged by fire. It asks at what level does the use of the building affect the risk of a fire and what steps should be taken to minimise the risk. It also asks how many people are on the premises and how they will escape should a fire break out.
WHY IS IT ESSENTIAL?
Fire Risk assessment is a primary tool to prevent injury and danger to employees and staff and keep them protected from any unfortunate fire incident. In case you are an employer or the owner of a building, this assessment is a legal requirement. There are multiple purposes of fire risk assessment such as it is associated with the health and safety of workers, check the existing control measures, and to ensure the implementation of any additional measures if needed. A regular check is crucial to make sure that the risk assessment plan is flawless. We offer our service of fire risk assessment to different organizations, from commercial buildings to schools and restaurants. We also supply fire safety equipment on a National basis.
It’s also vital from a business point of view to fulfil legal responsibilities. There are examples of many organisations which never recovered from fire which led to an irreversible loss that was financial and caused damage to equipment. The only way to revert any possible disaster is by ensuring effective fire assessment measures.
Important note: If the premises or building that is under your ownership has a fire incident, and you have not attained the legal requirements then you will be liable to criminal prosecution.
The basic responsibility lies on the employer to carry out the risk assessment of the building. Once the risks are identified, it is important to take the steps associated with a risk evaluation. It helps in minimizing the potential effects related to fire emergencies. For any historic building, it is suggested that you should carry out the assessment from an expert who knows well about the safety measures of such buildings. If you own a small business with few employees and the premises is not complicated, you can do the assessment by yourself with an appropriate guide. Large buildings require fire risk safety assessment through a competent person as there are complexities in such buildings. Also, staff need proper fire safety training.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE IF YOU ARE:
HOW TO PERFORM
The following steps are important for a comprehensive fire risk assessment. These include:
Things you need to consider:
You should frequently practice fire safety with your staff and provide information to employees and other people that are on the premises
A fire risk safety assessment can be carried out by yourself with the assistance of guided help. If you lack the experience of carrying out an assessment, then you should appoint a competent person to perform the risk assessment. Alternatively, you can contact us for help. You should also consider the assessment and removal or safe storage of dangerous substances (D.S.E.A.R).
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Fire Risk Assessment Questions
Fire starts when heat or a source of ignition comes in to contact with air and anything that could catch fire. You need to keep fuel and sources of ignition apart from each other.
Ask yourself how a fire could start
Consider naked flames and heaters, hot equipment such as welders, generators, cigarettes, matches and anything else that gets hot or causes sparks that could ignite something. Rubbish, packaging, desks, wooden furniture can all burn the same as the well-known fuels such as petrol and white sprits. Also consider plastic, rubber and foam.
Are the ceilings constructed with hardboard, polystyrene or chipboard?
Have you found anything that could burn?
Have you identified anything that could start a fire at work?
Consider the people at risk
Consider if the risk would be higher depending on the place and type of work. Staff that maybe on a nightshift will have less knowledge of the premises. Visitors, the elderly and disabled people are all highly vulnerable.
Have you identified?
Who could be at risk?
Who could be especially at risk?
Evaluate and act
What are the risks of a fire starting and what risks are there to people in the nearby buildings?
Can and have you remove and reduced the risk?
Could a source of heat or sparks come into contact with something that can burn?
How can you avoid accidental fires?
Have you removed or secured any flammable items that an arsonist could use to start a fire?
Take action to protect your building and the people from fire.
Who will ensure everybody gets out of the affected premises?
Have you assessed the risk of fire in the work premises? How to prevent fires in the workplace
Have you assessed the risk to staff and any visitors on the building premises?
Are sources of fuel and ignition such as heat or sparks kept apart? If somebody wanted to deliberately start a fire, could they use anything around them?
Can you put out a small fire and stop it from spreading. Fire extinguisher types & uses
How can you make sure everyone is safe in the event of a fire.
Will you know that there is a fire?
Have you protected your premises from arson or accidental fire?
Do you have a plan in place to warn other people of the fire?
Who will call the fire brigade emergency service?
How will everyone escape should there be a fire.
Does all fire safety equipment work as it should?
Are there escape routes planned?
Will people be able to find their way out of the building, even at night or in the dark?
Record, map, plan and train.
Keep a record of any hazards and what you have done to reduce or remove them.
Make a plan
It is critical that you have a clear plan on how to prevent fires and how you will keep everyone safe in the case of fire. If you share the building with other businesses then you should coordinate the fire safety plan with them.
Have you planned with your staff what will happen if there is a fire?
Has the plan been discussed with all staff members?
Have you made a record of the things that you have found?
You should ensure that you train staff to ensure they know exactly what they need to do in the event of a fire.
Coordinated with others that you may share the building with?
Informed and trained people. Performed regular fire drills and recorded all details.
Ensured that all staff can fulfil their roles should a fire break out.
Appointed staff to put your fire safety measure in place.
Discussed the plans with temporary staff?
Keep your fire risk safety assessment under regular review as changes around the workplace can happen which can effect the fire safety assessment. If you spot any changes in risk or there are any changes made to the safety plan, you should inform others of the changes and train the staff where required.
Changed work systems and practices?
Made any changes to the premises, inside and outside?
Have you scheduled your next fire evacuation drill?
Changed stock items or changed the amount of stock in anyway?
Ever had a fire or a near miss fire at work?
Started to secure dangerous substances in a safe and secure manner?
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The above checklist can assist you in completing a fire assessment but you may still require additional information if your business is large of you have many staff. We have published several resources that you can use to assist in the prevention of fire. These can be found in our resource section.
D.S.E.A.R. (DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES & EXPLOSIVE ATMOSPHERES REGULATIONS 2002)
D.S.E.A.R is concerned with the danger that can arise from fire, explosions and other events which involves dangerous substances in a workplace. Under this regulation, the minimum requirement for the protection of workers is set so that they could be kept safe from hazardous matter, gases under pressure, and corrosive substances. For an explosive atmosphere, different ‘zones’ are allocated.
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