Use pf premises
General description of the premises (Consider buildings, construction materials, floors, uses, outdoor areas, security, neighbours etc)
Times the premises are in use:
Total number of persons employed to work within the premises at any one time:
Total number of persons who may resort to the premises at any one time:
Are there any occupants at special risk eg sleeping occupants; disabled occupants; occupants in remote areas; lone workers; others
Details of the local Fire Service (distance / travel times etc)
Details of any fire loss experience
Other relevant background / comments
Likelihood of Fire Occuring
Potential Severity of Harm
Calculation of risk: Low x Low = Trivial; Low x Medium = Tolerable; Medium x Medium = Moderate; Medium x High = Substantial; High x High = Intolerable
Therefore, the current risk to life is assessed as
No further action is required other than maintaining the control measures that are currently in place
No major additional controls required. However, there is a requirement for some improvements
It is essential that efforts be made to reduce the risk. The additional control measures that are recommended should be implemented within a suitable time period.
Urgent action should be taken to reduce the risk. The additional control measures, that are recommended, should be implemented as soon as possible or limitations should be imposed on the parts of the premises affected
The premises or the part of the premises affected should not be occupied until the additional control measures that are recommended have been implemented.
Describe the Fire Warning System (eg Fully covered by a fire warning system; maintained fire panel; remote monitoring; sounders throughout site; flashing lights; smoke detectors; heat detectors; VESDA system; break glass call points are situated throughout the site; manually operated horns / other system used)
The site is fully covered by a fire warning system
Is the fire warning system maintained and serviced by a competent third party with records in place?
Describe the system
The Fire Panel is monitored remotely by a competent third party
The fire alarm has sounders throughout site
Are the sounders regularly tested, with suitable records in place?
The fire alarm has flashing lights also fitted in addition to the above in suitable places
Are flashing warning lights related to the fire warning system regularly tested with suitable records in place?
Break glass call points are situated throughout the premises
Are fire call points regularly tested, on rotation, with suitable records in place?
Suitable detection devises are fitted (eg smoke detectors, rate of rise heat detection, VESDA etc)
Are detection devices maintained and serviced by a competent third party with records in place?
Emergency lighting (EML) is in place
Is emergency lighting maintained and serviced by a competent third party with records in place? Do discharge tests take place?
Is emergency lighting regularly tested (in-house) with suitable records in place?
Is a sprinkler system or other fire suppression system installed?
Are fire suppression systems maintained and serviced by a competent third party with records in place?
Are fire suppression systems regularly tested (in-house) with suitable records in place?
Is suitable fire fighting equipment in place throughout the premises? See results of individual areas
Do regular in-house checks take place of fire fighting equipment with suitable records being maintained?
Is the fire fighting equipment serviced annually and suitable records maintained?
Is regular testing and maintenance in place for fire resisting doors, walls and partitions?
Is regular testing and maintenance in place for escape routes, exit doors & fire safety signs?
Is regular testing and maintenance in place for General Fire Precautions, such as routine in-house inspections?
Give details of any other measures in place.
Further Comments / Recommendations
Is a competent person(s) available to assist in implementation of fire safety legislation?
Is there an emergency action plan (and is it made clear to all employees and visitors)?
Are people nominated to respond to fire - Fire Marshals / Fire Wardens?
Are people nominated to aid any disabled people?
Is a periodic fire drill carried out (at least annually)?
Have suitable fire drill records been maintained?
Is there a clear method for calling the Fire Service
Are contractors suitably controlled whilst on the premises? For instance, is there a permit to work system, particularly for hot work? Are in-house maintenance personnel sufficiently controlled?
Has the building an effective lightning protection system?
Are fixed heating installations subject to regular maintenance?
Are reasonable maintenance measures taken to prevent fires of electrical origin?
Are electrical installations periodically inspected and tested? Minimum every 5 years
Is portable appliance testing (PAT) / similar carried out?
Are reasonable maintenance measures taken to prevent fires due to Arson?
Are the premises suitably secure (eg CCTV, fully fenced, locked when unoccupied etc)
Is there sufficient control of unnecessary fire load in close proximity to the building or available for ignition by outsiders?
Are reasonable maintenance measures taken to prevent fires due to smoking?
Is smoking prohibited in the building and other appropriate areas?
Are there suitable arrangements made for those who wish to smoke? Consider the management of smoking areas on the premises
Is the appropriate smoking prohibition notice displayed at the building's entrance? http://www.smokefreeengland.co.uk/resources/guidance-and-signage/
Are reasonable measures taken to prevent cooking related fires?
Is kitchen ductwork and filters cleaned / changed as required?
Are risk appropriate extinguishers available in kitchen areas?
Further Comments / Recommendations
All employees should receive fire safety training. As a minimum this should be on induction. Annual refresher fire training is recommended.
Does training include the action to take on discovering a fire?
Does training include how to raise the alarm?
Does training include what to do upon hearing the fire alarm?
Does training include the procedures for alerting and directing members of the public and visitors including, where appropriate, directing them to exits and assembly points?
Does training include the arrangements for calling the fire and rescue service?
Does training include the evacuation procedures for everyone in your premises (including young children or mobility impaired persons) to reach an assembly point at a place of total safety?
Does training include the location and, when appropriate, the use of firefighting equipment?
Does training include the location of escape routes, especially those not in regular use?
Does training include how to open all emergency exit doors?
Does training include the importance of keeping fire doors closed to prevent the spread of fire, heat and smoke?
Does training include (where appropriate) how to stop machines, processes and isolate power supplies in the event of fire?
Does training include the importance of general fire safety and good housekeeping?
Are staff with special responsibilities i.e. fire wardens given additional training?
Are appropriate records kept of all fire training?
Further Comments / Recommendations
Name / description of area
This section refers to the area named below (see notes)
Are there areas where employees / others are isolated?
Are areas where employees / others are isolated adequately controlled?
Is there varied / shift working?
Is varied / shift working adequately controlled?
Are there disabled people in the area?
Are adequate controls in place to aid disabled people in the event of an emergency?
Are there any other people who may be affected by activities in this area?
Are adequate controls in place to protect / assist people who may be affected by activities in this area?
Are there any structural features that could promote the spread of fire?
Give details. Are structural features that could promote the spread of fire adequately controlled?
Means of Escape – Horizontal Evacuation. Are the following factors adequately controlled?
Control measures for any fire hazards within the area:
Control and monitoring of the number of occupants in the area
Definition and number of escape routes and exits in the area
Are escape routes adequately protected? Consider if there is a sufficient standard of compartmentalisation?
Travel distances. Are there reasonable distances of travel? Consider: single direction of travel or alternative means of escape?
Are number and widths of exits adequate?
Are inner rooms situations adequately controlled?
Are corridors adequate?
Are dead-end conditions adequately controlled?
Door openings and door fastenings. Exits must be easily and immediately openable where necessary. Fire exits should open in the direction of travel.
Is there a sufficient number of stairways
Housekeeping: Consider - Are combustible materials separated from ignition sources? Is the unnecessary accumulation of combustibles and waste avoided? Is there appropriate storage of hazardous materials? Are combustible materials stored appropriately?
The Fire Warning System will alert all the occupants in the event of a fire
Means of Escape – Horizontal Evacuation. Are the following factors adequately controlled regarding Fire Safety Signs and Notices?
Are exit signs adequate?
Are ‘Fire exit – keep clear’ signs adequate?
Are general fire action notices adequate?
Are door operating signs (i.e. Push Bar to Open) adequate?
Is fire fighting equipment (signage) adequate?
Means of Escape – Horizontal Evacuation. Are the following factors adequately controlled regarding Emergency Lighting?
Is emergency lighting present?
Does emergency lighting provide sufficient illumination to see escape routes clearly?
Does emergency lighting provide sufficient illumination to see external escape routes clearly?
Is there sufficient illumination at change of level and / or direction?
Is there sufficient illumination to show fire alarm call points and fire fighting equipment?
If any of the above are not adequately controlled, give details
Means of Escape – Horizontal Evacuation. Are the following factors adequately controlled regarding Fire Fighting Equipment
Is there sufficient fire fighting equipment provided for the area?
Is the fire fighting equipment appropriate for the risk in this area?
Is fire fighting equipment simple to use?
Has fire fighting equipment been checked by a competent person in the last 12 months?
Does fire fighting equipment conform to a standard?
Is fire fighting equipment located on the escape routes and near to exit doors?
Is fire fighting equipment securely hung on wall brackets or suitable floor plates?
Does the area have any vertical escape routes / stairs etc?
Name / description of the list the vertical escape route
Vertical escape route: Number of stairs sufficient for occupancy
Vertical escape route: Width of stairs sufficient
Vertical escape route: Width of exits sufficient
Vertical escape route: Stair protection in terms of fire resisting doors and partitions
Vertical escape route: Door openings and door fastening
Vertical escape route: Places of safety from final exits
Vertical escape route: Housekeeping
Vertical escape route: Exit signs
Vertical escape route: ‘Fire exit – keep clear’ signs
Vertical escape route: General fire action notices
Vertical escape route: Door operating signs (i.e. Push Bar to Open)
Vertical escape route: Fire fighting equipment
Vertical escape route: If any of the above are not adequately controlled, give details
Are reasonable measures taken to prevent fires of electrical origin? Consider: Is the use of extensions, adapters and trailing leads etc well managed? No observed instances of overloading and coiled cables etc? Is there a suitable policy about the use of personal electrical appliances?
Is the use of portable heater avoided as far as reasonably practicable and controlled where not? Consider: Are the more hazardous types (radiant bars and LPG) avoided? Are suitable measures taken to minimise the risk of ignition of combustible materials?
Are there any other significant ignition sources that warrant consideration?
Give details. Are controls sufficient?
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