Audit

Fire Safety Risk Assessments

In accordance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, amazon.co.uk has a statutory responsibility to ensue that each building that they own is provided with appropriate fire safety arrangements. Therefore, they have a legal duty to develop an operational fire safety management plan and carry out fire safety risk assessments (FRA's) for all their premises. Once developed the FRA's must be continually reviewed and updated through the life cycle of the buildings to ensure that occupants are not placed at undue risk from fire.

Fire Hazard

Fore the purpose of fire safety risk assessment, a hazard is a situation that may give rise to a fie, or cause a worse outcome from a fire situation than would otherwise be expected.

Fire Risk

Fire risk has two components:
i. 'the likelihood that a fire may occur'; and
ii. 'the potential for a fire to cause harm i.e. consequence'.
Both these components are considered within this fire safety risk assessment

Objectives

The aims of a fire safety risk assessment are:
i. 'To identify hazards and reduce the risk of those hazards causing harm to as low as is reasonably practicable'; and
ii. 'To determine what fire safety measures and management polices are necessary to ensure the safety of people in the building should a fire occur'.

Methodology

A fire safety risk assessment is an organised and methodical look at:
- the premises;
- the activities within the premises
- the potential for a fire to occur; and
- the harm that a fire could cause to the people in the around the premises

Part 1: GENERAL INFORMATION
The responsible person for fire safety

General Manager:

Security / Loss Prevention Manager:

Maintenance Manager:

Contact details of responsible person

1 The Building

Description of building:

Referenced Drawings:

Number of Pick Towers:

Number of levels per Pick Tower:

Floor area: (m2 per floor)

Floor area of warehouse / Pick Tower:

Floor area of offices:

Brief details of construction:

Occupancy type:

2 The occupants

Maximum number of occupants:

Maximum number of members of the public at one time:

3 Occupants at special risk

Are there sleeping occupants?

Are there disabled occupants?

Are there occupants in remote areas?

Are there lone workers?

Are there occupants within the building which do not speak English as their first language?

4 Previous Fire loss experience

Is there any previous history of fire loss in the premises (if yes give details)

5 Other relevant background

Are there any residential properties in or attached to the building

Is there a prohibition notice in force? (if yes give date of issue)

Is there an alteration notice in force? (if yes give date of issue)

Is there an enforcement notice in force? (if yes give date of issue and date of when work is to be completed by)

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Part 2: FIRE HAZARDS AND ELIMINATION OR CONTROL
6 Electrical sources of ignition

Are reasonable measures taken to prevent fires of electrical origin?

Is the fixed wiring installation periodically tested and inspected?

Are portable appliances tested/inspected?

Is there a suitable policy about the use of personal electrical appliances?

Is there a suitable limitation on the use of trailing leads and adapters?

Is Luminous Discharge Lighting installed? (if yes does the installation meet with current standards)

Is all electrical equipment tested and records on site

7 Smoking

Are reasonable measures taken to prevent fires as a result of smoking?

Is smoking permitted in appropriate areas?

Is there any evidence of breaches of smoking policy?

Is the appropriate smoking prohibition notice displayed at the building's entrance?

8 Arson

Does the basic security against arson appear reasonable?

Is there sufficient control of unnecessary fire load in close proximity to the building or available for ignition by outsiders?

9 Portable heaters and heating installation

Is the use of portable heaters avoided as far as reasonably practicable?

If portable heaters are used, are the more hazardous types (radiant bars and LPG) avoided?

If portable heaters are used are suitable measures taken to minimise the risk of ignition of combustible materials?

Are fixed heating installations subject to regular maintenance?

10 Cooking facilities

Are reasonable measures taken to prevent cooking fires?

Are filters changed and ductwork cleaned regularly?

Are suitable extinguishers available?

11 Lightning

Does the building have lightning protection system if required? (if yes has it been tested and are records of testing kept)

12 Other significant ignition sources that warrant consideration

List other ignition sources:

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13 Housekeeping

Is the standard of housekeeping adequate?

Are combustible materials separated from ignition sources?

Is the unnecessary accumulation of combustibles and waste avoided?

Is there appropriate storage of hazardous materials?

14 Hazards introduced by contractors and building works

Is there sufficient control over works by contractors (e.g. Permits to work & hot works permits)?

Are there arrangements for the safe storage of gas bottles and others hazardous materials

Are fire safety conditions and instructions communicated to contractors?

15 Dangerous Substances

Are dangerous substances present on the premises?

Has the risk to relevant persons been adequately eliminated or reduced?

Are staff given information about any dangerous substances?

Part 3: FIRE PROTECTION MEASURES
16 Means of escape

Is the building provided with adequate means of escape in case of fire?

Are there sufficient exits?

Are exits easily and immediately openable where necessary?

Do fire exits open in the direction of travel where necessary?

Have sliding or revolving doors been avoided as fire exits?

Are there reasonable distances of travel where there is a single direction of travel?

Are there reasonable distances of travel where there are alternative means of escape?

Are there suitable fire precautions for all inner rooms?

Are escape routes unobstructed?

Are there suitable means of escape for disabled occupants?

Are there suitable assembly points?

17 Measures to limit fire spread and development.

Is there a sufficient standard of compartmentation and sub-compartmentation?

Are linings that promote fire spread avoided as far as reasonably practicable?

18 Escape lighting

Is there a reasonable standard of escape lighting provided?

Are back-up power supplies provided to emergency lighting?

19 Fire safety signs and notices

Are fire safety signs and notices suitable and sufficient?

20 Means of giving warning in the event of fire

Is a manually operated electrical fire alarm system provided?

Is automatic fire detection provided?

Is there remote transmission of alarm signals?

Is there a record of false alarms within the building?

21 Manual fire extinguishing appliances

Is there suitable and sufficient provision of portable fire extinguishers?

Are hose reels provided?

22 Relevant automatic fire extinguishing systems

Type of system:

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Comments and observations:

23 Facilities, equipment and devices for the protection of Fire-Fighters

Types of facilities:

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Comments and observations:

Part 4: MANAGEMENT OF FIRE SAFETY
24 Procedures and arrangements

Person responsible for fire safety:

Are there competent persons available to assist in implementing fire safety arrangements?

Are appropriate fire procedures in place? (including arrangements for calling the fire service)

Fire Emergency Plan in place and details recorded?

Does the plan take account of other Fire Emergency Plans applicable in the building?

Is the Fire Emergency Plan readily available for staff to read?

Is the Fire Emergency Plan available to the enforcing authority?

Are there persons nominated to respond to fire?

Are persons nominated to assist with evacuation?

Is there appropriate liaison with the fire service?

Do routine in-house inspections of fire precautions take place?

25 Training and drills

Are staff given instruction on induction?

Do staff receive periodic refresher training at suitable intervals?

Are staff with special responsibilities given appropriate training?

Are fire drills carried out at appropriate intervals?

26 Testing and maintenance

Is the workplace adequately maintained?

Is there weekly testing and periodic servicing of the fire detection and alarm system?

Is there monthly, six-monthly and annual testing of the emergency lighting?

Is there annual maintenance and testing of fire extinguishing equipment?

Is there annual inspection and test of the lightning protection system?

Is there six monthly and annual testing of wet/dry risers?

Is there weekly testing and periodic inspection of sprinkler installations?

Is there routine checks of fire doors and final exit doors?

Other relevant inspection and test

27 Records

Are there records of fire drills?

Are there records of fire training?

Are there records of fire alarm tests?

Are there records of emergency lighting tests?

Are there records of maintenance and testing of other fire protection systems?

28 Fire Safety Systems

List fire safety systems installed

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Identify the buildings ventilation strategy

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Other relevant information

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Part 5: RISK RATING AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Risk Items

Item 1

Probability (likelihood of fire)

Consequence (impact on life safety)

Recommendations

Action

Item 2

Probability (likelihood of fire)

Consequence (impact on life safety)

Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

Recommendations

Action

Item 3

Probability (likelihood of fire)

Consequence (impact on life safety)

Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

Recommendations

Action

Item 4

Probability (likelihood of fire)

Consequence (impact on life safety)

Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

Recommendations

Action

Item 5

Probability (likelihood of fire)

Consequence (impact on life safety)

Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

Recommendations

Action

Item 6

Probability (likelihood of fire)

Consequence (impact on life safety)

Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

Recommendations

Action

Item 7

Probability (likelihood of fire)

Consequence (impact on life safety)

Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

Recommendations

Action

Item 8

Probability (likelihood of fire)

Consequence (impact on life safety)

Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

Recommendations

Action

Item 9

Probability (likelihood of fire)

Consequence (impact on life safety)

Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

Recommendations

Action

Item 10

Probability (likelihood of fire)

Consequence (impact on life safety)

Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

Recommendations

Action

Received by responsible person / representative
Assessor Signature
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Re-Assessment
Recommended date for re-assessment
Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.