• Title

  • Address of the Premises
  • Responsible Person

  • Competent Person

  • Date of Fire Risk Assessment

  • Enter date of previous Fire Risk Assessment

  • Suggested Date for Review (earlier review may be necessary)

  • Conducted on

The Fire Risk Assessment

Introduction & Applicable Fire Safety Legislation

  • The Fire Risk Assessment is based on areas that were accessible at the time of the F.R.A. This Fire Risk Assessment has been undertaken in accordance with the following legislation & guidance (including CPUK Group Policies & Procedures);


1 The Premises

  • Name of The Responsible Person.

  • Name of The Competent Person.

  • Number of Floors.

  • Floor Area: (m2 per floor)

  • Floor Area: (m2 total)

  • Brief details of Construction

  • Is this a project under construction or is this a finished building (add details below).

  • Occupancy type ( Construction Site/Re-furbishment Project/Finished Building/Project).

2 The Occupants

  • Maximum number of CPUK staff at any given time:

  • List All Sub-Contractors currently on site and allocate them a Risk Ranking of Low, Medium or High.

  • List All Foreseeable Sub- Contractors and allocate them a Risk Ranking of Low, Medium or High.

  • Maximum number of Sub-Contractors on site at any given time:

  • Maximum number of members of the public at any given time:

  • Overall Maximum number of occupants at any given time:

3 Occupants At Special Risk

  • Are young persons employed at the premises?

  • Are there any sleeping occupants at the premises?

  • Are there disabled occupants?

  • Are there lone workers?

  • Are there occupants in remote areas?

  • Are there occupants whose first language is not english, are there adequate controls in place?

  • Based on the above is there a need to develop a P.E.E.P. (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan)?

4 Previous Fire Loss Experience

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

5 Other Relevant Background Information.

  • Is there adequate protection of any other properties attached to or adjacent to the Construction Site/Building?

  • Is there a prohibition notice in place (Fire Service)?

  • Is there an alteration notice in place (Fire Service)?

  • Is there an enforcement notice in place (Fire Service)?

  • Details of any other relevant information


6 Electrical Sources of Ignition & Control Measures

  • Is the fixed wiring installation periodically tested and inspected (wiring for site cabins = 12 monthly test from supplier. 5 year test certificate for Head Office).

  • Is the supply/feed for site cabins tested at 3 monthly intervals?

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

  • Are portable appliances tested/inspected (P.A.T. Testing)?

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

  • Is task lighting compliant with company standards?

7 Smoking/Vaping (E-cigarrettes).

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

  • Is smoking/vaping prohibited on the Construction Site & or in the building?

  • Is smoking/vaping prohibited other than in appropriately designated areas?

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

  • Is there absence of any evidence of breaches of smoking/vaping policy?

  • Is the appropriate smoking/vaping prohibition notice displayed at the site cabins & 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?

  • Waste Skips - to be placed in a suitably designated area (away from site perimiter, wherever possible away from the building/structure. Covered lockable skips are to used where required for example in city centres and where the 2 previous points cannot be satisfied).

9 Portable Heaters & 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?

  • Where radiant bars or LPG Heaters are permitted to be used is SP 018 being adhered to (Hot Works Permit in place)?

  • 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 Means of Heating Food/Boiling Water? (Welfare Facilities).

  • Are reasonable measures taken to prevent cooking fires?

  • Is suitable fire fighting equipment available?

11 Lightning

  • Does the Construction Site/ Building have lightning protection system if required?

12 Other Significant Ignition Sources that warrant consideration

  • List other Ignition Sources:

13 Housekeeping/Waste

  • Is the standard of housekeeping adequate (clean as you go policy adopted by all trades)?

  • 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 & Building Works

  • Consider High Risk Contractors: Is there sufficient control over works by contractors (e.g. Permits to work & hot works permits)? List the Sub-Contractors affected by the Hot Works Procedure.

  • As part of the work process are there arrangements for the safe storage of gas bottles, flammable liquids, fuels, and others hazardous materials

  • Are fire safety conditions and instructions communicated to contractors?

15 Other Dangerous Substances (not previously mentioned example- Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, Radiation).

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


16 Means of Escape

  • Is the building provided with adequate means of escape in case of fire (Both Horizontally & Vertically)?

  • 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 (18 Metres)?

  • Are there reasonable distances of travel where there are alternative means of escape (45 Metres)?

  • Are horizontal (corridoors) & vertical (stairwells) escape routes adequately protected?

  • Are there suitable fire precautions for all inner rooms?

  • Are there suitable means of escape for disabled occupants?

  • Are escape routes unobstructed?

17 Measures to Limit Fire Spread & Development (finished building).

  • Are fire doors to appropriate fire resisting standards?

  • 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 temporary fire doors fitted (construction sites only)?

  • 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 emergency lighting designed, installed and tested in accordance with the current regulations/ standards

  • Is there a reasonable standard of escape lighting provided (this could be natural lighting)?

  • If luminous discharge lighting is fitted is installed in accordance with the current standards?

20 Fire Safety Signs & Notices

  • Are Fire Action Notices in position at all Fire Call Points?

  • Are floor/area layout plans illustrating your location & the fire escape routes posted at all Fire Call Points (construction sites only)?

  • Are Fire Directional signs suitable and sufficient, visible at eye level or as required sprayed on the floor?

  • Is the Fire/Emergency Assembly Point Sign posted in a place of safety, in a prominent position and explained/communicated at the site induction?

21 Means of giving Warning in the event of Fire (Fire Alarm).

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

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

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

  • Timber Frame Structures - Are security patrols of the buildings/site undertaken at least hourly outside normal working hours (Insurers agreed 24 hour manned surveillance cameras)?

22 Manual Fire Extinguishing Appliances (Fire Fighting Equipment ).

  • Is there suitable and sufficient provision of Portable Fire Extinguishers?

  • Are the Fire Extinguishers of the correct type/suitable for the works being undertaken in the vicinity?

  • If Hose Reels are required are they provided?

  • Is there a requirement for a Dry Riser or a Wet Riser?

23 Relevant Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems

  • Type of system:

  • Comments and observations:

24 Facilities, Equipment, Devices & Information for the protection of Fire-Fighters (Grab Pack).

  • Access/Egress for Emergency Services, Width Restrictions, Weight/Loading Restrictions, Turning Circle

  • Location of Gas Shut Off Valves?

  • Location of Electrical Isolation Switches?

  • Location of COSHH Stores/Substances?

  • Location of Fuel Storage Areas?

  • Location of Gas Cylinder Storage Area?

  • Location of Dry/Wet Risers?

  • Location of any possible Holes In Floors?

  • Emergency contact details (both during work hours and out of hours)?

  • Comments and observations:


25 Procedures & Arrangements

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

  • Is there a written Fire Emergency Plan in place (included in the S001) and has this been completed and reviewed where necessary?

  • Is the Fire Emergency Plan readily available for staff to read? Is the Fire Emergency Plan & Grab Pack available to the enforcing authority?

  • Has there been intial contact made with the Fire & Rescue Service informing them of the project requirements and liaison as required?

26 Training

  • Are staff given Fire Safety Instruction during and as part of the CPUK Group site induction?

  • Do staff receive periodic refresher training at suitable intervals (such as toolbox talks)?

  • Are staff with special responsibilities given appropriate training?

27 Testing & 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/Drills

  • Are there records of Fire Drills having been undertaken? (Head Office = Annually. Construction Sites Traditional Build = 6 Monthly. Timber Frame 3 Monthly.

  • Insert the dates of previous Fire Drills Here.

  • Are there records of fire alarm tests (weekly)?

  • Are there records of emergency lighting tests?

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

Part 5: RESIDUAL RISK RATING (R.R.R.) (Likelihood x Severity & RECOMMENDATIONS ).

Residual Risk Rating (R.R.R.) (Likelihood x Severity).

  • Likelihood of Risk

  • Severity of Risk

  • Residual Risk Rating (R.R.R.) (Likelihood x Severity)

  • Recommendations

  • Received by responsible person.

  • Competent Person Signature.

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