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  • Risk Safety Consultants Ltd
    Icon Business Centre
    Lakeview Drive
    Sherwood Park
    Nottingham, NG15 0DT

    email: info@rsc-ltd.co.uk

  • Company name

  • Company Address

  • Date of assessment

  • Suggested date for review

  • Person carrying out the assessment


  • This assessment is undertaken in accordance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Also used as guidance in the preparation of the report are the recommendations made within Approved Document B of the Building Regulations and any relevant British a Standards.

    The basic rational for the assessment and subsequent report is as follows;

    1. This risk assessment identifies areas where, in the opinion of the assessor, action is required to either prevent an accident, ill health or risk to staff, contractors, visitor or the general public and to raise areas of non-compliance with statutory regulations.

    2. This report is based on information obtained from the areas assessed during the visit and verbal or written information supplied by the client. The report does not reflect any areas, activities or processes that the assessor was not made aware of. It should be noted that random sampling may be used to gain information or make judgements and on occasions specific activity assessments may be required; such additional assessments where required are detailed in this report.

    Corrective actions are prioritised as either High, Medium or Low.

    High: contravention of a statutory requirement which could result in prosecution or the issue of a Prohibition Notice by an enforcing authority, or significant health and safety risk, which has a high probability of occur acne. These actions should receive immediate action to either achieve compliance with statutory requirements or to reduce health and safety risk.

    Medium: contravention of statutory requirement which could result to an Improvement Notice being issued by an enforcement authority due to non compliance with statutory regulations or codes of practice or a health and safety risk which is deemed likely to result in injury or loss.

    Low: health and safety action point which is considered to be important in regard to good health and safety practice, but is not necessarily subject to statutory legislation or a health and safety risk which is deemed unlikely and should involve negligible injury or loss.

    In determining the overall risk from fire, buildings are also classified as High, Medium or Low risk.

    a). Where extremely or highly flammable explosives are used or stored except in small quantities
    b). Unsatisfactory structural features are present
    c). Where permanent or temporary work activities are carried out which may have the potential for fires to start and spread
    d). Where there is a significant risk of life in case of fire

    a). Where the spread of fire is likely to remain confined or only spread slowly, allowing persons to escape to a place of safety
    b). Where the number of persons present is small and the layout of the workplace means they are likely to be able to escape to a place of safety
    c). Where the workplace has an effective automatic warning system or an effective automatic extinguishing suppression or containment system which may reduce the risk classification from High risk

    a). Where there is minimal risk to people's lives and where the risk of fire occurring is low, or the potential for fire heat and smoke spread is negligible.

1. General Information

  • The premises

  • Description of the premises

  • Occupants

  • Approximate maximum number of employees

  • Maximum number of members of the public/ visitors

  • Approximate maximum capacity

  • Occupants at special risk

  • Do people sleep at the premises?

  • Are there occupants with disabilities?

  • Do people work in remote areas?

  • Are there any other occupants at special risk e.g. children?

  • Details of any know previous fire incidents

  • Any other relevant information

2. Fire Hazards and Control Measures

  • Smoking

  • Is smoking permitted within the boundary of the premises?

  • Is smoking permitted within any enclosed space?

  • Have designated smoking areas been provided?

  • Comments:

  • Electrical safety

  • Are fixed installations periodically inspected and tested?

  • Enter date of last test?

  • Is portable appliance testing carried out?

  • Enter date of last testing?

  • Is there a suitable policy with regards to the use of personnel electrical appliances?

  • Are extension leads/ trailing cables being correctly managed?

  • Comments:

  • Cookers

  • Are reasonable measures taken to prevent fires?

  • Are suitable fire extinguishers provided?

  • Are filters/ducting cleaned where necessary?

  • Comments:

  • Portable heaters

  • Is the use of portable heaters avoided where possible?

  • Are the more hazardous types of heater avoided (e.g. LPG, radiant etc)?

  • Comments:

  • Arson

  • Are controls in place to secure against an arson threat?

  • Is there an absence of unnecessary fire load in close proximity to the premises?

  • Comments:

  • General housekeeping

  • Is the standard of housekeeping adequate?

  • Are easily combustible materials kept away from sources of ignition/heat?

  • Is accumulation of easily combustible material kept to a minimum?

  • Is the storage of combustible materials adequate?

  • Comments:

  • Storage and use of flammable liquids and gases

  • Are flammable liquids/gases used or stored on the premises?

  • Are flammable liquids/gases stored appropriately?

  • Are flammable liquids/gases used safely?

  • Comments:

  • Hazards introduced by outside contractors

  • Are contractors adequately controlled to ensure they do not create a fire risk?

  • Comments:

  • Are there any other significant fire hazards which may cause concern?

  • Detail additional hazards

3. Fire Protection Measures

  • Means of escape

  • Are the premises provided with a suitable means of escape?

  • Are escape routes maintained clear?

  • Are escape routes adequately protected?

  • Are there adequate arrangements for escape of propel with disabilities where necessary?

  • Comments:

  • Measures to limit the spread of fire

  • Is compartment action to a reasonable standard?

  • Is there a reasonable limitation of linings which may assist spread of flame?

  • Comments:

  • Means of giving warning in the event of fire

  • Is a suitable manually operated fire alarm system provided and is its audio ability adequate?

  • Is an automatic fire detection system installed?

  • Is there a method of contacting the emergency services?

  • Comments:

  • Fire extinguishing systems

  • Are suitable numbers and types of hand-held fire extinguishers provided appropriate to the size and use of the premises?

  • Are hose reels provided where deemed appropriate?

  • Are automatic extinguishing systems provided (e.g. Sprinklers/CO2)?

  • Comments:

  • Escape lighting

  • Has a reasonable standard of emergency escape route lighting been provided?

  • Comments:

  • Fire signs and notices

  • Are safety signs and notices to a reasonable standard?

  • Comments:

4. Fire Safety Management

  • Arrangements and procedures

  • Has a responsible person been appointed for fire safety?

  • Is a suitable evacuation procedure in place?

  • Have the company appointed a competent person to assist in the implementation of fire safety?

  • Do the company have trained fire wardens (to respond to and assist with evacuation)?

  • Is there a suitable system in place for passing relevant information to fire crews on arrival?

  • Is there a regular inspection programme in place for monitoring fire safety?

  • Has all relevant information on fire risks been passed to the company staff?

  • Is there an adequate system for the maintenance of fire doors, door closers, final exit door fastenings and structural protection?

  • Is there adequate co-operation, co-ordination and sharing of information between responsible persons sharing premises (multi-occupied premises only)?

  • Comments:

  • Maintenance and testing of equipment

  • Have hand-held fire extinguishers been inspected by a competent person within the last 12 months?

  • Enter date of last inspection

  • Has the fixed fire system been inspected within the last 12 months by a competent person?

  • Enter date of last inspection

  • Has the emergency lighting been inspected/discharge tested within the last 12 months?

  • Enter date of last test

  • Have rising mains been maintained and tested within the last 12 months?

  • Enter date of last maintenance/test

  • Have other systems e.g. Sprinklers or other extinguishing agent been maintained/tested within the last 12 months?

  • Enter date of last maintenance/test

  • Comments:

  • Testing and fire drills

  • Do staff receive recorded safety induction training?

  • Do staff with special fire safety responsibilities receive additional training (e.g. Fire wardens/appointed persons))?

  • Has a fire drill been undertaken within the last 12 months?

  • Enter date of last drill

  • Comments:

  • Record keeping

  • Do the company maintain a fire log-book for the premises?

  • Are fire drills recorded?

  • Is the fire alarm system maintenance recorded?

  • Is emergency lighting maintenance and testing recorded?

  • Is hand-held fire extinguisher maintenance recorded?

  • Is smoke/heat detector inspections/maintenance recorded?

  • Are fire door inspections/maintenance recorded?

  • Are other fire protection systems maintenance recorded?

  • Is staff training recorded?

  • Comments:

5. Any other hazards

  • Are there any other hazards not detailed above?

  • Outline addition hazards

6. Summary of Recommendations

  • High priority recommendations

  • High Priority
  • Add media

  • Medium priority recommendations

  • Medium Priority
  • Add media

  • Low priority recommendations

  • Low Priority
  • Add media

7. Conclusion

  • Assessor's signature

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