The Fire Risk Assessment

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO)

  • This Fire Risk Assessment has been carried out on behalf of the Responsible Person as defined in Article 3 of the FSO, the content of the Fire Risk Assessment should assist the Responsible Person in achieving compliance with Article 9 of the FSO the requirement to carry out Fire Risk Assessments.

    It is important to understand the content of the Fire Risk Assessment, necessary recommendations are made if there are actions that are required to protect relevant persons from fire. (Relevant persons are any persons lawfully in the building) If the content in the recommendations section is unclear clarification should be sought.

    The Fire Risk Assessment considers dangerous substances within the premises only to determine the adequacy of general fire precautions (Article 4 of FSO) it is the responsibility of the Responsible Person to ensure compliance with Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002.

    This Fire Risk Assessment is only part of the process to achieving compliance with the FSO, a full copy of the FSO can be obtained by going to http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2005/1541/contents/made

    The percentage figures shown at the bottom of the page in the Fire Risk Assessment section are not a percentage figure for the level of compliance but are the percentage of positive answers given however there is some correlation between the two.

Part 1: GENERAL INFORMATION

1 The Premises

  • Name of contact on the premises

  • Number of floors

  • Floor area: (m2 per floor)

  • Floor area: (m2 total)

  • Brief details of construction

  • Add media

  • Approximate date of construction

  • Occupancy type

2 The occupants

  • Maximum number of occupants:

  • Maximum number of staff at any given time:

  • Maximum number of members of the public at one time:

3 Occupants at special risk

  • Are children employed at the premises?

  • Are there any sleeping occupants at the premises?

  • Are there disabled occupants?

  • Are there occupants in remote areas?

  • Are there lone workers?

4 Previous Fire loss experience

  • Is there any previous history of fire loss in the premises

5 Other relevant background

  • is there adequate protection of any residential properties attached to the building?

  • Is there a prohibition notice in place?

  • Is there an alteration notice in place?

  • Is there an enforcement notice in place?

  • Details of any other relevant information

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?

  • If Luminous Discharge Lighting is fitted is it installed in accordance 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 prohibited in the building?

  • Is smoking prohibited in appropriate areas?

  • Are there suitable arrangements made for those who wish to smoke?

  • Is there absence of 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?

  • Is suitable fire fighting equipment available?

11 Lightning

  • Does the building have lightning protection system if required?

12 Other significant ignition sources that warrant consideration

  • List other ignition sources:

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?

  • Are combustible materials stored appropriately?

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

  • If dangerous substances are present on the premises have adequate measures bee taken to eliminate or reduce the risk to relevant persons

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 adequate means of securing 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 escape routes adequately protected?

  • Are there suitable fire precautions for all inner rooms?

  • Are escape routes unobstructed?

  • Are there suitable means of escape for disabled occupants?

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 Fire Doors

  • Are fire doors to appropriate fire resisting standards?

  • Do all fire doors close fully and form a close fit in the opening?

  • Are fire doors fitted with intumescent strips and smoke seals?

  • Are fire doors in good condition?

  • Is the practice of wedging or otherwise holding doors open avoided?

19 Escape lighting

  • Is there a reasonable standard of escape lighting provided?

20 Fire safety signs and notices

  • Are fire safety signs and notices suitable and sufficient?

21 Means of giving warning in the event of fire

  • If a manually operated fire alarm system is required is it provided and suitable?

  • If an automatic fire detection system is required is it provided and suitable?

  • If there is an alarm system is there remote transmission of alarm signals if required?

22 Manual fire extinguishing appliances

  • Is there suitable and sufficient provision of portable fire extinguishers?

  • If hose reels are required are they provided?

23 Relevant automatic fire extinguishing systems

  • Type of system:

  • Comments and observations:

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

  • Types of facilities:

  • Comments and observations:

Part 4: MANAGEMENT OF FIRE SAFETY

25 Procedures and arrangements

  • Person responsible for fire safety:

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

  • Is the a Fire Policy in place?

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

  • Is there a written Fire Emergency Plan in place?

  • 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?

26 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?

27 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 testing 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 testing

28 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?

Part 5: RISK RATING AND RECOMMENDATIONS

  • For more information on risk rating see 'Appendix 'A' of this document

Risk Items

  • Item 1

  • Probability (likelihood of fire)

  • Consequence (impact on life safety)

  • Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

  • What is the level of risk?

  • Recommendations

  • Action

  • Item 2

  • Probability (likelihood of fire)

  • Consequence (impact on life safety)

  • Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

  • What is the level of risk?

  • Recommendations

  • Action

  • Item 3

  • Probability (likelihood of fire)

  • Consequence (impact on life safety)

  • Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

  • What is the level of risk?

  • Recommendations

  • Action

  • Item 4

  • Probability (likelihood of fire)

  • Consequence (impact on life safety)

  • Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

  • What is the level of risk?

  • Recommendations

  • Action

  • Item 5

  • Probability (likelihood of fire)

  • Consequence (impact on life safety)

  • Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

  • What is the level of risk?

  • Recommendations

  • Action

  • Item 6

  • Probability (likelihood of fire)

  • Consequence (impact on life safety)

  • Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

  • What is the level of risk?

  • Recommendations

  • Action

  • Item 7

  • Probability (likelihood of fire)

  • Consequence (impact on life safety)

  • Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

  • What is the level of risk?

  • Recommendations

  • Action

  • Item 8

  • Probability (likelihood of fire)

  • Consequence (impact on life safety)

  • Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

  • What is the level of risk?

  • Recommendations

  • Action

  • Item 9

  • Probability (likelihood of fire)

  • Consequence (impact on life safety)

  • Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

  • What is the level of risk?

  • Recommendations

  • Action

  • Item 10

  • Probability (likelihood of fire)

  • Consequence (impact on life safety)

  • Risk rating score (probability x consequence)

  • What is the level of risk?

  • Recommendations

  • Action

  • Received by responsible person / representative

  • Assessor Signature Peter Barlow CMIOSH,MIIRSM,IMaPS Group H&S Director T: 07908412671

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