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    Fire Risk Assessment (UK)

    With the introduction of The Fire Reform Order 2006, much of the
    existing UK fire safety legislation was consolidated and new emphasis
    was placed on preventing fires and reducing risk. Fire certificates
    are no longer issued by the local Fire Authority and employers are
    required to ensure they have an up to date fire risk assessment (UK)
    for their site.
    The fire risk assessment (UK) process should cover the following key areas:
    1. Identifying fire hazards - including ignition, fuel and oxygen sources
    2. Identifying people at risk in and around the premises - including
    vulnerable people
    3. Evaluating the risk of a fire starting
    4. Removing or reducing fire hazards and risks to people from a fire
    5. Protecting people by providing fire precautions
    6. Recording any major findings and action taken
    7. Planning – including the production of an emergency plan
    8. Informing, instructing and training relevant personnel
    9. Reviewing the fire risk-assessment (uk) regularly - making changes
    where necessary

    1. Identify the hazards
    The first step of a fire risk-assessment (UK) is to identify the
    hazards. These include:
    • Ignition Sources e.g. naked flames, heaters, faulty electrics and cookers.
    • Fuels Sources e.g. waste paper and cardboard, textiles or other
    flammable products
    • Oxygen Sources e.g. air flows or oxygen supplies which might intensify a fire
    2. Identify people at risk
    People at increased risk may include:
    • People who work close to known fire hazards
    • People who work in isolated areas
    • Children or parents with babies
    • Elderly people
    • Disabled people
    3. Evaluate, remove or reduce the risk
    Wherever possible, fire hazards should be removed, for example, by
    removing waste. Any hazards that cannot be removed should be reduced
    as far as possible, for example by replacing highly flammable
    materials with less flammable ones and removing these from any
    potential ignition sources. Any risk that cannot be removed or
    reduced may result in the provision of fire safety measures to provide
    protection.
    4. Implement Fire Precautions
    Where risks exist (as identified by the fire risk-assessment UK), it
    must be ensured that a fire will be detected quickly and a warning
    given so that people can escape promptly and safely.
    The means of detection may vary depending on the nature of the
    business and may even vary in different areas of the site, for example
    heat detectors would not be appropriate in rooms that contain
    industrial furnaces – a smoke detector may be a better solution.
    It may be necessary to provide portable fire extinguishers to allow
    trained personnel to tackle a small fire in its early stages.
    Depending on the type of business and the outcome of The Fire Risk
    Assessment (UK), you may need other specialised fire-fighting
    equipment.

    5. Provide a Means of escape
    The arrangements to evacuate the premises form an important part of
    your emergency plan. In general, these should include:
    • Keeping the escape route is as short as possible.
    • Considering how many people are going to need to use the escape route.
    • Considering the impact if one of the escape routes has been blocked.
    • Ensuring there is a clear passageway to all escape routes - free of
    any obstructions
    • Making arrangements for the evacuation of vulnerable persons.
    • Informing and training all employees in how to escape the building.
    • Installing an emergency lighting system.
    • Identifying all escape routes with appropriate signs.
    Reviewing the Fire Risk Assessment (UK)
    The fire risk assessment UK should be kept up to date and reviewed
    regularly and each time there are changes to the premises or business
    that affect fire safety. Personnel should receive regular training and
    instruction and visitors must be informed of the fire procedures on
    site. By completing a fire risk assessment and maintaining fire
    precautions, the risks from fire can be significantly reduced.

    #2
    How does this apply to a site where "units" are let individually - would each occupier have to do their own - their responsibility? Would the site owner have to do anything?
    Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity, A modest manatee, that's me

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      #3
      Not sure what this post is about??? Is it for information? sales pitch? Is it is a response to a post by a member??

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        #4
        nor am I but thought I would ask anyway!
        Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity, A modest manatee, that's me

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          #5
          Thank you NEMCOUTILITIES, whereas your listing is very informative I dont think it covers what I need to know. As a landlord I arrange the insurance on the buildings which I own. I have been told by my insurance company to have a "Fire Risk Assessment" done. Perhaps the exhaustive criteria you list may be suitable for "Owner Occupiers" to "Self Certify" their own Fire Risk, but if I did this on one of my properties I know that my tenant would virtually ignore most of the recommendations. I know forinstance that the tenants smoke in a building which has flammable materials and quite often the building is left unlocked so that casual visitors can gain access. etc.
          So what I need is a "Third Party" perhaps a "Fire Risk Assessor" to look at my various properties and prepare a list of requirements. Therefore is there a list of Fire Risk Assessors who one can use.

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