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Legislation requires every business to conduct a Fire Risk Assessment, evaluating their premises in terms of fire safety and identifying measures to remove / reduce possible fire risks
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Frequently Asked Questions
what does the fire risk assessment entail?
McL Fire will supply a fully qualified assessor to physically inspect your premises and work processes.
The Assessor will then provide an easy to understand, fully detailed, written assessment based upon a physical inspection of your premises.
A prioritised action plan will then be prepared, showing how to remove or reduce the risk of fire to your premises and to your employees.
Are the assessors qualified?
McL Fire Assessors are Fully Qualified and Approved, including former Inspection & Enforcement Fire Safety Officers from assorted Fire & Rescue Services. Our solution is also third-party BAFE Approved (SP205 Life Safety Fire Risk Assessments), so you can rest assured that our teams are competent, and that our procedures have been rigorously examined by the relevant certification bodies.
What actions should I take after my risk assessment?
Fire risk assessment should be the foundation for all the fire precautions in your premises. It is essential to read and understand the guidance documents that apply to your premises. Initially, a simple single line drawing of the premises to scale could be drawn, showing any relevant structural features and the use of particular areas e.g. production, storage, office accommodation, storage, and plant, etc.
A copy of the plan will be useful should you have a fire at your premises, to give to the fire service when they arrive to assist them in fire fighting operations. The plan can then be used to indicate hazards and persons especially at risk. It will assist you to identify where combustibles and ignition sources come together or are in close proximity, and the action to be taken. In very small premises a simple naught and crosses system can be used; red circles for combustibles and blue crosses for heat/ignition sources.
Should i review my risk assessment?
Your fire safety risk assessment is not a one-off procedure and should be reviewed regularly. If the findings of the assessment are considered to be no longer valid or there has been a significant change to the premises or the organisation of the work undertaken has affected the fire risk or the fire safety measures, the assessment should be reviewed
Your Fire Risk Assessment must be reviewed and updated continuously to keep it a ‘live’ document. It should always be updated following any change in premises, processes or number of people employed, or if you have had a near miss or small fire. It is good practice to review it at intervals not exceeding 12 months
What type of situation should would need me to revise my assessment?
A change in the number of people present or the characteristics of the occupants including the presence of people with some form of disability.
Changes to work procedures, including the introduction of new equipment alterations to the building, including the internal layout significant changes to furniture and fixings.
Significant changes to displays or quantities of stock.
The introduction or increase in the storage of hazardous substances;
Becoming aware of shortcomings in fire safety measures or potential improvements