Not having a
Fire Risk Assessment
is NOT an option!
Many employers do not know that the conducting of a FRA has been a legal requirement since 1997.
Ignorance of the Fire Regulations will be no defence!
Employers have a responsibility for the safety of employees and the fire safety precautions within their premises.
The employer or 'RP' will have to provide evidence that the safety of all employees in the event of fire has been catered for, using what the Fire Regulations refer to a 'File of Evidence'.
Hopefully with my expertise and with
the security of knowing that due
diligence has been demonstrated, prosecution will be unlikely by the
Fire and Rescue Service or HSE.
Professional Fire Risk
I will carry out your Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) ensuring that the fire hazards are identified, satisfactory escape routes are identified and kept available for use; suitable arrangements are made to detect and give warning of a fire; appropriate fire-fighting equipment is strategically located around the workplace; appropriate fire safety signage is strategically located around the workplace; and that fire training is carried out on a regular basis.
The FRA involves:
1. Checking that all people who use the premises or site are considered. These include staff, customers, service users, visitors, contractors or members of the public. Consideration also has to be given to the age, agility and health of the people who may be on the premises. Different factors have to be considered, for example, for crèches, residential care homes, remote warehouses and out-of-town shopping centres.
2. Identifying the potential sources of ignition in the workplace and also the combustible materials that are present as part of the business operations, the furnishings and the structure in which the business is carried out. The aim is to reduce these to a minimum. Opportunities may be taken to remove, reduce, avoid or transfer the various hazards that have been identified. Once this has been done the residual sources of ignition and combustible materials that form the core of the day-to-day patterns of work must be separated as far as is practicable.
3. Checking prevention, detection systems, means of escape, equipment for giving warning in case of fire and fire-fighting apparatus must be appropriate for the premises and the number of people present.
4. Ensuring that training is provided. Employers must make sure that employees are trained in appropriate actions to take when a fire breaks out, or if one is suspected. Employees must know how to use the fire-fighting equipment provided.
5. Checking that adequate records are maintained and kept of all staff training.
6. Recording and reviewing the FRA - records of tests and maintenance of fire equipment will ensure fire safety systems are up to date (automatic fire alarm, emergency lighting and fire-fighting equipment etc.); and
7. Liaison with the local Fire and Rescue Service.
I am in the position to mediate on your behalf often saving money and time
by finding alternative acceptable systems/solutions with the consent of
your local Fire and Rescue Service.
Contact me now to discuss
your requirements or to answer
any questions you may have regarding current fire safety legislation or fire safety
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