FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT
It is a review taken of a building to assess it for fire risk, and to provide recommendations to make it safer if need be. All business premises and every block of flats must have a Fire Risk Assessment by law.
A Fire Risk Assessment does not have to be written down if there are fewer than 5 regular occupants in a building, so it is not necessarily a document. If you're responsible for a building, it’s important to do all you can to reduce the risk of fire to keep people safe.
What is a Fire Risk Assessment?
A careful look at your premises and the people who use them, from a fire prevention perspective. It’s about understanding the potential risks, then improving your fire safety precautions to keep people safe.
Why do it?
A Fire Risk Assessment is a legal requirement. You need to make sure a suitably competent person completes a Fire Risk Assessment. It is your duty to identify fire risks and hazards in your premises and take appropriate action.
The Responsible Person must record all findings from their fire risk assessment, regardless of the size or purpose of the premises. Make sure you review your risk assessment regularly and whenever significant changes have been made that would have an impact on it. It’s good business sense as well as a legal requirement, often businesses don’t recover after a fire, and effective fire prevention starts with properly understanding the risks.
What are the 5 main components of a fire risk assessment?
Broadly speaking, assessments are conducted in five key steps:
Identify the fire hazards.
Identify people at risk.
Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks.
Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training.
Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly.