Basic Fire Safety Awareness Course (5 of 20)

Fire Risk Assessment

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 the Responsible Person must make a “suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to which relevant persons are exposed to, to identify the general fire precautions he needs to take to comply with requirements imposed upon him”.

A Fire Risk Assessment is basically an organised and methodical inspection of the premises, the activities carried out by persons who may be present within the premises (this includes visitors, contractors etc) and the likelihood that a fire could start and cause harm to those in and around the premises.

There are five main steps in carrying out a fire risk assessment:

  1. Identify the fire hazards
  2. Identify the persons at risk
  3. Evaluate, remove / reduce hazards and protect from risk
  4. Record the significant findings. Plan your actions and inform / instruct staff.
  5. Review the assessment regularly so as to keep it up to date and current. The assessment must be reviewed where there are changes that affect the premises and where there is reason to suspect it is no longer valid.
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