Things to think about when drawing up a Fire Risk Assessment:
Identify the fire hazards within your premises (including outdoor premises), for example:
- Sources of ignition such as naked flames, cooking, heaters or processes
- Sources of fuel such as accumulated waste, display materials or textiles
- Sources of additional oxygen such as forced air circulation, wind tunnel effects or commercial oxygen supplies
Identify people particularly at risk
e.g. vulnerable persons, lone workers, people working in close proximity to fire hazards. Where a young person is employed the assessment must take account of them.
Evaluate the level of risk in your premises. You should remove or reduce any risks you have identified, for example:
As well as reducing the risk of fires occurring you need to maximise the chances of successfully tackling fires should they occur so your fire risk assessment will also inform the consideration of your general fire precautions.
- Replace highly combustible materials with less combustible ones
- Reduce risks from dangerous substances to the lowest level possible
- Ensure adequate separation between combustibles and ignition sources
- Manage ignition sources
- Use fire retardent materials
- Operate a safe smoking policy
Record the significant findings of your assessment and actions taken. Inform relevant people and provide training and instruction as required. Coordinate with others as required. The assessment must be kept under review and revised where necessary. Where there are 5 or more employees the assessment must be in writing.
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