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Five Steps of Fire Risk Assessment


Does Your Business Premises pass the Fire Risk Assessment?

A Fire-Risk assessment is a mandatory requirement for any business premises. As part of Regulatory Reform Act 2001, it is a requirement that any person who has any control of a business premises must take reasonable steps to ensure the prevention of fire and ensure fire-escapes are easily accessible by members of staff. Are you unsure about the current level of fire safety in your business? If so, then continue reading as this is vital information you do not want to miss. Fire Risk AssessmentIf you run a business then it’s your responsibility to ensure that your business premises meet the required fire safety regulations. It is also your responsibility to ensure that all members of staff are clearly informed and aware of fire safety measures. So it’s really crucial that you read the following five steps to ensure that your business meets fire safety standards. These five fire risk assessment steps are in accordance to HM Government guidance.

Five Step of Fire Risk Assessment Checklist

Step 1 – Identify fire hazards in your building;

Common fire hazards in a business premises are; • Sources of ignition: naked flames, heaters or certain commercial processes • Sources of fuel: built up waste, display materials, textiles or over-stocked products • Sources of oxygen: oxygen, medicinal or commercial oxygen supplies

Step 2 – Identify those at risk;

Once a hazard has been detected, you will then need to identify who is the most at risk, these may include; • Those working in close proximity to fire risks • Those working in solitary areas (such as store rooms or roof spaces) • Children, or parents with babies • The elderly, infirm or disabled

Step 3 – Evaluate, remove, reduce and protect from risk

Evaluate the level of risk in your business, any identified fire hazards or risks should be removed or reduced, for example; • Highly flammable materials should be replaced with less flammable ones • Flammable materials should be separated from sources of ignition • Hold a safe smoking policy When risks have been reduced as far as possible, you must then assess as to whether there is any risk left and decide whether any further measures can be taken to ensure a reasonable level of fire safety is provided. These further measures may include a review of your fire alarm system, fire-escapes routes, fire extinguishers and lighting systems.

Step 4 – Record, train, instruct, inform and retrain;

You will then need to record the fire risks identified in step 1 and those identified in step 2. You will then need to record what you did in step 3. You will also need to devise an emergency plan, bespoke to your business. This should include any action that would need to be taken in the event of a fire emergency.

Step 5 – Review;

You should then keep a regular review of your fire-risk assessment to ensure it is regularly kept up-to-date. You will also need to review it if you are concerned that your fire-risk safety is not valid; situations such as ‘near-misses’ and major building work can alter the level of fire-risk in your building. So, there you have the main five steps in ensuring that your business premise passes the Fire Risk Assessment. This article only outlines the steps needed to be taken, for a more concise review of your premises why not contact Island Fire Protection. Photo credit: Lorenzoclick via photopin cc

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