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Do I have to have a Fire Risk Assessment?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) requires that a Fire Risk Assessment is conducted initially and reviewed on an on-going basis to ensure that appropriate and adequate fire precautions are in place.

In order to fulfil your obligation under current Fire Safety Law it is a legal requirement that you have a documented Fire Risk Assessment if there are five or more employees at your premises.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) requires that a Fire Risk Assessment is conducted initially and reviewed on an on-going basis to ensure that appropriate and adequate fire precautions are in place.

What is a Fire Safety Risk Assessment?

A Fire Risk Assessment is an organised and methodical look at your premises, the activities carried on there and the likelihood that a fire could start and cause harm to those in and around the premises. If there are less than five occupants regularly in the building, then it isn’t required for the fire risk assessment to be written down.

The aim of a Fire Safety Risk Assessment is:

  • To identify the fire hazards
  • To reduce the risk of those hazards causing harm
  • To decide what control measures you can put in place to reduce / remove the identified fire hazards
Do I need a Fire Safety Risk Assessment?

YES-legally you must carry out a suitable and sufficient Fire Safety Risk Assessment for your premises if you employ five or more people (including any who work part-time or volunteer). You must keep a written record of your Fire Safety Risk Assessment. However, it is always best practice to keep a written record of what you find in your Fire Safety Risk Assessment no matter how many people you employ. Keeping a written record will save you time and effort when you come to review and update your Fire Safety Risk Assessment.

 5 Key Stages of Fire Safety Risk Assessment:  

Step 1 - Identify fire hazards

Identify any fire hazards, including any sources of ignition, fuel and any work processes, which may be potential fire hazards.

Step 2 - Identify people at risk

Decide who, such as employees and visitors, may be in danger during a fire in the workplace or while they are trying to escape.

Step 3 - Evaluate the risk

Evaluate the risks from the identified hazards and decide whether the existing precautions are adequate. During this stage of evaluation decisions should be made on whether action is required to remove the hazard completely, if practicable, or to control and manage the risks more effectively.

Step 4 - Record your findings

Record the findings and detail the actions taken, and inform all employees of these actions.

Step 5 - Review and revise

Review the Fire Safety Risk Assessment at regular intervals or when a change occurs in the workplace or work activities.

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STEP 1:
STEP 2:
You provide a suitable up to date drawing of your building in either:
  • Hard copy
  • PDF
  • Or preferably AutoCAD (dwg) format
Depending on the availability of installation records and the complexity of the building, we arrange a visit to identify the zone number associated with each Fire Alarm Manual Call Point and Fire Detector (for practicality this may involve two engineers).
STEP 3:
STEP 4:
Fire Alarm Zone Chart is created.
Fire Alarm Zone Chart is supplied in A4 or A3 glazed frame for installation adjacent to your Fire Alarm Panel.

For over forty years, Fixfire® has been providing quality products, systems and services for Life & Property Protection. Whatever your requirement, please call our Compliance Team for expert advice and a refreshingly different approach.

Freephone 08000 891999.

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