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1. What is a Fire Risk Assessment?
|A Fire Risk Assessment is an organised inspection of your workplace to ascertain if there are any fire hazards that could cause harm, and estimating the level of risk for those hazards. The aim is to remove those hazards and risk or reduce them to an acceptable level. |
A Fire Risk Assessment is a legal requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
2. What is a Fire Hazard?
|A fire hazard is simply, any source of ignition with the potential to result in a fire (i.e. faulty electrical wiring).|
3. What is a Fire Risk?
|A fire risk is the likelihood of a fire occurring and the consequences of that fire should one occur.|
4. Who is responsible for the Fire Risk Assessment?
|The legally defined Responsible Person under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005; who must arrange for a Fire Risk Assessment to be carried out, identify any possible fire risks and deal with them.|
5. Who is the Responsible Person?
|The Responsible Person will be someone who has control over the premises. This could be: |
6. What are the duties of the Responsible Person?
|The Responsible Person is someone who has control over premises or fire safety systems within premises. If you are the Responsible Person, you must make sure that everyone who uses your premises can escape if there is a fire. The people you need to think about include anyone who might be on your premises, including employees, visitors or members of the public. You need to pay particular attention to those who may need special help, such as elderly or disabled people or children. You must: |
7. Has the Responsible Person got to carry out the Fire Risk Assessment?
|No. The Responsible Person can designate this duty, but the person designated must be a 'Competent Person'. However the Responsible Person will still be responsible, in law, for meeting the order.|
8. Who is regarded as a Competent Person?
|Someone who has fire safety education, training and experience.|
9. What happens if there is more than one person responsible for a premise?
|Then they must: |
10. What are the contents of a Fire Risk Assessment?
The Responsible Person or his/her designated Competent Person must:
11. What other fire safety measures must be included in the Fire Risk Assessment?
|Fire detection and warning system You must have an appropriate fire-detection and warning system. Whatever system you have, it must be able to warn all people in the building in all circumstances. You need to decide which type of fire warning system is suitable for your premises. This will depend on the size and layout of your premises. Means of escape The arrangements to evacuate your premises form an important part of your emergency plan. You should: |
12. Is it necessary to carry out fire drills?
|Yes. Fire drills must be carried out at least once a year. It is good practice not to announce fire drills so you get a realistic idea of how effective your fire evacuations plans are. Everyone must participate in the fire drill. You should record the result of each fire drill in your fire log book.|
13. Is there a need for staff training?
|Yes. The Responsible Person must provide all employees with instruction and training so that they know what to do in the event of a fire. Everyone must know: |
14. Who enforces the Fire Risk Assessment?
|The Fire Authority. They must be satisfied with your fire safety measures, if not, they will tell you what you need to do. If they find major problems they can restrict the use of your premises or close them altogether until you deal with the problems they find.|