Using a thorough fire risk assessment checklist means you won’t miss a thing when it comes time to fulfil your legal obligations. When carried out to competent standards, these vital checks ensure your buildings remain as fire-safe as possible, helping to safeguard both lives and livelihoods.
A checklist is a straightforward way to ensure you don’t overlook any aspect of your risk assessment.
What Is a Fire Risk Assessment Checklist?
A fire risk assessment is conducted by a business’s responsible person(s) to identify hazards and risks. If you manage a commercial premises, you are required by law to carry out fire risk assessments and to keep a written record of the findings.
The fire risk assessment requirements can be found in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
5 Steps to a Successful Fire Risk Assessment
A fire risk assessment should be completed by a competent person. Alternatively, use the services of a specialist company like Fire Action who will cast a professional eye over your premises to ensure nothing gets missed.
- 1. Fire Hazards: Identify any fire hazards
- 2. People At Risk: Identify people at risk
- 3. Evaluate & Act: Evaluate, remove or reduce the identified risks
- 4. Record, Plan & Train: Record your findings, create an emergency plan, and provide suitable training
- 5. Review: Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly
Let’s have a look at each stage in more detail.
1. Fire Hazards
First, identify fire hazards.
You’ll need to pinpoint potential sources of heat, so survey your site and take note of anything that could generate heat or naked flames such as electrical equipment, heaters, lighting, hot processes equipment, or matches.
Next, identify what combustible materials your premises contains; paper, plastic, cardboard, fuels, chemicals, ceilings/wall materials, etc.
2. People At Risk
People should be at the forefront of your mind during any risk assessment.
Recognise that the risk of a fire could be greater for certain types of people compared to others.
For example, those who have disabilities or mobility issues may need extra support during evacuation. Some people may be less informed of your fire procedures, such as visitors or customers to your premises.
Also, if certain employees engage in roles that are more high-risk than others, this will also need to be considered.
3. Evaluate & Act
Now you have collected information on the hazards and risks, evaluate this knowledge and assess the likelihood of a fire breaking out, and how it could occur based on your gathered intelligence. How might it affect your premises and the surrounding premises?
Decide how you might remove or reduce the identified risks. Carry out your action plan.
4. Record, Plan & Train
Record all the fire hazards you have identified, and how you have reduced or removed them.
Plan how you intend to keep people safe in future and avoid hazards; remember that if you share your building premises with other companies, then you will need to discuss and coordinate your plan with them.
Training is crucial – there’s no point creating the ideal fire safety plan if none of your staff are aware of their roles and responsibilities in accordance with it.
Workplaces change all the time. Employees leave and join, roles will alter, premises layout changes, and new materials and substances may be brought on-site.
As such, the fire risk assessment will need to be reviewed regularly to identify changes to risks and to update the procedures accordingly.
Fire Safety Risk Assessment Template (PDF Download)
A checklist is an effective tool to help ensure that you don’t forget any part of your fire risk assessment.
It is easy to forget even simple steps, which could be very damaging to a business and it’s employees in the event of a fire.
Click here to download our handy PDF checklist, ready to use during your risk assessment.
Fire Action offer fire risk assessments in the approved PAS 79: 2012 format for businesses throughout Kent. With over 17 years of experience, our knowledgeable team will survey all elements of your premises and identify potential hazards and risks, suggesting ways to minimise or eliminate them. To find out more about our comprehensive services, please get in touch with our team today.