Our quick guide to fire risk assessments

In this blog we detail what happens in a fire risk assessment and the aims of the assessment.

Our quick guide to fire risk assessments

What is a fire risk assessment?

A fire risk assessment is an organised and disciplined look at your property, the actions carried within it and the likelihood that a fire could start and cause harm to those in and around the premises.

The aim of the fire risk assessment is:

To recognize the fire hazards. To decrease the risk of those hazards causing harm.To decide what physical fire precautions and management provision are necessary to ensure the wellbeing of people in your building if a fire should start. How do I conduct a fire risk assessment?

A fire risk assessment will help you to establish the likelihood of a fire starting and the dangers from fire that your property present for the people within it and any person in the direct surrounding area.

A lot of the information for your fire risk assessment will come from the knowledge your employees, colleagues, as well as information given to you by people who have a responsibility for other parts of the building. A tour of your premises will most likely be required to verify, modify or add details to your initial views.

It is important that you conduct out your fire risk assessment in a sensible and organized method and that you allocate enough time to do an appropriate job. It must take into account the entire property, including outdoor areas and any rooms that are hardly ever used. In larger properties you may find it beneficial to split employees or colleges into rooms or a series of assessment areas using natural boundaries, e.g. locations such as kitchens or laundries, bedrooms, offices, stores, as well as corridors, stairways and external routes.

Under health and safety law (enforced by the HSE or the local authority) you are obligated to carry out a fire risk assessment in respect of any activities in your property and to take appropriate measures. If your health and safety risk assessment identifies that these activities are likely to include the hazard of fire or the spread of fire (for example in the kitchen or in a workshop) then you will need to take this into account throughout your fire hazard assessment and priorities measures based on the level of danger.

You need to appoint one or more ‘competent persons’ (this can be you) to carry out any of the preventive and protective procedures required. This person can be a qualified employee or, where appropriate, a qualified third party.

A fire risk assessment should demonstrate that, as far as is reasonable, you have considered the needs of all relevant people, including persons who are disabled.

 

With thanks to 'Property Problems Solved'