Fire Risk Assessment:
Fire is probably the highest risk and threat to life that most people will face at work and in order to minimise the risk of fire in the workplace, it is vital that everyone is aware of the common causes of fire, what they can do to prevent fire from starting and speading and the appropriate actions they need to take in the event of a fire and most importantly how to escape safely from the scene.
If you own, manage or operate a business or other non-domestic premises, you’re responsible for fire safety and are known as the ‘responsible person', you will need to comply with fire safety law. The main law is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 or "the Fire Safety Order" (RRFSO), which applies across England and Wales and came into force on 1 October 2006.
As the responsible person, there are certain things you must do under the RRO, which is enforced by your local Fire and Rescue Service.
As the ‘responsible person’ you must:
- carry out and regularly review a fire risk assessment for your premises
- tell staff and/or their representatives about the risks you’ve identified
- put in place, and maintain, adequate and appropriate fire safety measures to remove or reduce the risk to life
- plan for an emergency
- provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training
"If you don’t have the expertise or time to do the fire risk assessment yourself you’ll need to appoint a ‘competent person’ to help, e.g., "a professional risk assessor".
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all risk assessment template that covers Fire Risk Assessments (FRA's), but our FRA model risk assessment, has been designed by our lead surveyor, who has carried out over 1000's of risk assessments for one of the UK's largest forecourt retailers. Our FRA model risk assessment has been developed specifically for forecourt retail units. We believe it is the most comprehensive model RA available today and is designed to help to eliminate confusion and guides the client through an easy-to understand risk assessment process.
Once we have assessed the hazards and identified the control measures that need to be put in place to reduce or eliminate the identified risks you can assign these actions to other members in your organisation for completion within a specified time. The actions required by the significant findings are printed out as part of the risk assessment and can be issued to each member of the team to action.
DB and Associates use only fully qualified Fire and DSEAR risk assessors who have acheived NEBOSH Fire Certificate standards as a minimum. All of our staff are already members of, or studying to achieve full membership status, of the Instituion of Fire Engineers (IFE) and the Institution of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM). We also work closely with the enforcement authorities throughout the UK and Scotland and all of our RA's are developed in conjunction with the UK's and Scotland's leading enforcement authorites, so you can be assured that the RA's we use will be accepted throughout the UK and Scotland.
Fore more information or to arrange a Fire Risk Assessment for your site or cluster contact us today.