Fire risk assessments

Good management of fire safety will ensure that fires are unlikely to occur.

If they do, they can be easily contained, controlled, and give everyone in the building the best chance to quickly escape unharmed.

Fire risk assessments are an organised and methodical look at your premises. What goes on there, and how likely it is that a fire will start and cause harm to people.

This is done by identifying the fire hazards by looking at sources of ignition, fuel and oxygen. Identifying those at risk, and evaluating the risk of fire occurring and the risk to people.

If possible, remove any fire risks, and if that can’t be done, reduce the fire risks so far as is reasonably practicable.

Then, record your findings, prepare emergency plans, and provide training for your staff.

Finally, review.

Emergency plan

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations require employers to draw up procedures to be followed by workers in the event of any situation involving “serious and imminent danger”.

A simple plan should be drawn up to communicate to employees and visitors, assembly points, emergency exit routes, the co-ordination of emergency services, and actions to be taken in the event of an emergency.

All staff should be trained in emergency procedures, with a competent person nominated to take control.

We have an emergency plan template available to download for free on our website.

Fire plans

The fire emergency plan is a written document which includes the actions to be taken by all staff in the event of a fire. And the arrangements for calling the fire brigade.

For smaller premises, this could be a simple fire action sign, like this one, posted in position where all staff can read it.

For larger or higher risk premises, you need a more detailed plan and this will take into account the findings from the fire risk assessment.

You should also nominate a person or people to implement the plan and give them the adequate training to do the role.

What is RIDDOR?

RIDDOR is the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurences Regulations.

RIDDOR puts duties on employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises.

Types of reportable injuries are death in the workplace, specified injuries, if an employee is off for seven consecutive days, occupational diseases, dangerous occurrences, plus many more.

We’ve made available a guide on reporting which is free to download from our website.