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Fire Risk Assessment

Carrying out a Fire Risk Assessment is crucial to every business. We are experts in this field and can complete all necessary requirements to ensure that your company premises and activities are given an orderly and fault-finding overview to identify any high risk areas of either fire breaking out or people in the building being injured. During our detailed inspection we will draw up an action plan of exactly what you need to do to prevent a fire from breaking out together with an action plan of what you need to do to guarantee the well-being and safety of anyone that may be in or around your premises if a fire does break out.

Our fire risk assessment will provide you with everything that you need to comply with the following legislation. The Fire Services Act 1981 and 2003,  Section 18 (2) puts the onus on owners or managers of buildings to apply due diligence and care to protect against the onset of fire whilst at the same time providing a well-planned out Fire Safety Procedure to protect everyone who may be in or close to the premises. In order for your company to comply with this clause of the Act, you are obliged to take part in a full assessment of your building in order to identify any fire risks or hazards that may occur. If you fail to do this then you are committing a criminal offence and can face harsh penalties.

As well as being responsible for injury and or death, fire can result in a crushing blow for your business, both financially and practically. Statistics show that 80% of businesses being hit by fire either never open again or close down completely within 18 months of the fire taking place. A Fire Risk Assessment is therefore crucial to the wellbeing of your business as well as the health and safety of people on the premises. 

Details of the Fire Risk Assessment process carried out by our qualified technicians  

Some people confuse this assessment with the one demanded by the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and enforced by the HSA. This is something entirely different.  The HSA assessment purely looks at health and safety (storage and process risks) and has nothing to do with Section 18 (2) of The Fire Services Acts 1981 & 2003 which is enforced by the Local Fire Authority.

We work in accordance with the 5-Step-Method, which is as follows:

  1. Identify any fire hazards within your premises
  2. Decide which people are at risk
  3. Assess any hazards & risks that may present themselves with a view to removing or reducing them to a level that is acceptable
  4. Record all findings
  5. Review and revise all findings

Whilst this is being carried out we will also look at all risk factors, human factors and any PIFS that may present themselves (Performance Influencing Factors). Breaches of safety regulations will be flagged up as red-alerts as without them being corrected, any damage or harm resulting from a fire could be much more severe. Our assessment will also incorporate a check on all of the following:

  1. Fire-fighting equipment
  2. Method of detecting fire and raising the alarm
  3. Passive fire safety measures
  4. Management and recordkeeping system
  5. Fire safety policy and procedures
  6. Escape measures and fire evacuation procedures
  7. Inspection and maintenance routines
  8. Fire brigade provisions, e.g. hydrant, wet/ dry risers, liaison procedure
  9. Flammable and hazardous substances and storage facilities
  10. PIR and PAT testing arrangements
  11. Special provisions for vulnerable persons
  12. Staff instruction, training, and hazard awareness
  13. Fire safety culture and housekeeping practices
  14. Fire action plan
  15. Arson prevention
  16. Combustible materials and sources of ignition
  17. Fire safety signs and notices
  18. Audit of regulatory compliance

Our report will include within it all of our recommendations and findings in a way that you can easily understand and digest it. Any work that needs to be carried out will be presented in a prioritised schedule listing all problem areas and the places where existing fire safety measures/procedures need to be bolstered and strengthened.

We will then set up a meeting with you to explain and go through the Report in detail and discuss with you how it can be put into effect efficiently and cost-effectively.

Fire Safety Policy & Management

As part of the assessment, we will also investigate in detail your company Fire Safety Policy & Management. 

Your organisations Fire Safety Policy exists to set out very clearly the purpose and aims of the Fire Safety arrangements. In accordance with the Fire Services Acts 1981 & 2003, your company needs to have in place a fire management system which should incorporate all safety measures and procedures relevant to your company.  It should cover all aspects including planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the fire safety policy.  This is absolutely essential to your business and should be observed by the company at all times.  In accordance with this policy, instruction and training should be given to employees and inspection and maintenance of equipment should also be included. Fire Safety Records are also an integral part of the company fire safety management system.

We will advise if these need to be corrected or improved and if you do not have these in place, we will prepare and provide the following:

  1. A fire safety management system
  2. Fire safety policy
  3. Fire safety procedures
  4. Fire safety awareness guidance and housekeeping practices
  5. A fire and emergency evacuation plan
  6. A personal emergency fire evacuation plan for disabled occupants (where applicable)
  7. Fire safety inspection and maintenance routines
  8. A fire safety recordkeeping system
  9. All as appropriate for the needs of the premises.

Depending upon the size of your business premises, someone within the company will need to be given the role of Fire Safety Manager. Part of their duties will be to prepare protective and preventative fire safety measures and to ensure that they are put in place and monitored.  They will also need to keep accurate and detailed fire safety records.

If you do not already have it, we will provide you with a suitable record-keeping system which will enable you to oversee and appraise the company’s fire precautions whilst at the same time keeping a record of compliance with the necessary statutory obligations. This system should identify and record the times when inspections will be carried out along with tests, procedures, or inventory/location checks.

As part of our assessment on your premises we will also check out your internal notices and procedures relating to Fire Action notices, kitchen fire safety notice, and assembly point signage and show you how to perform a fire drill. 

We can also assist you with help in the following areas:

  1. Preparation of specific Fire Safety Procedures
  2. Preparation of Fire & Emergency Evacuation Plan (FEEP)
  3. Preparation of Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP)
  4. AutoCAD drawing of Escape Plan in accordance with ISO 23601:2009
  5. Preparation of Fire Safety Recordkeeping systems
  6. Liaison with the local Fire Authority
  7. Fire Safety Audit
  8. Fire Drill monitoring and training
  9. Fire Warden/ Marshal training
  10. Fire-fighting equipment training
For more information, contact us today.