Fire Risk Assessment

It is often questioned: What is a Fire Risk Assessment and when is a Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) needed?

If you’re responsible for a building, it’s important to do all you can to reduce the risk of fire to keep people safe. This means having a careful look at your premises and the people who use them, from a fire prevention perspective. It’s about understanding the potential risks, then improving your fire safety precautions to keep people safe.

FRA as per the Regulatory Risk Order 2005 is needed for any premises where 5 or more people are working. The FRA needs to be reviewed every 2 years.

Steps for a successful Fire Risk Assessment are:

Step 1 – Identify people at risk

Step 2 – Identify fire hazards

Step 3 – Evaluate the risk

Step 4 – Record your findings

Step 5 – Review and revise

How should a Fire Risk Assessment look like?

Make sure your FRA file is containing the following:

  1. Introduction, purpose of the report and how to use it
  2. Project Information and Assumptions
  3. The general form of the building
  4. Areas covered by this risk assessment and documentation on which the assessment is based
  5. Purpose of the fire risk assessment and methodology
  6. Relevant legislation and guidance documents used
  7. Duty-holders
  8. Persons at Risk from Fire
  9. Occupants and occupants with mobility impairment
  10. Identify sources of ignition, fuel and oxygen
  11. Dangerous substances & hazardous materials
  12. Fire Safety Measures Provided in the Building
  13. Fire strategy overview
  14. Housekeeping overview
  15. Managing Fire Safety overview
  16. Reviewing the continuing effectiveness of arrangements
  17. Identification of people at risk and fire hazards

Recording the significant findings  and developing an action Plan