How many steps in a fire risk assessment?
What are the 5 steps of a fire risk assessment?
- Identify the people at risk across your organisation
The first step of a fire risk assessment is to work out exactly who is at risk in your premises, and why.
- Identify potential fire hazards
This should include looking at potential fuel, ignition and oxygen sources to highlight the most probable causes of a fire.
- Evaluate the risk of fire
Things to consider when evaluating risk include assessing your fire extinguisher condition and placement, alarms, staff training and fire drill plans.
- Document your findings
By law, any business with more than 5 employees must record their significant findings to remove or reduce risk – and also prepare an emergency plan with adequate training based on the assessment.
- Review and update regularly
We recommend that you carry out a new FRA every 12 months. When reviewing your last assessment, check if all safety measures are still in place – especially if your building has changed in any way. If you don’t know when you last carried out a risk assessment, you should complete one as soon as possible.
Each of the steps above in turn covers lots of specific checks which can be time consuming and disruptive – and difficult to document. If you need support from a professional fire safety auditor, book your Fire Risk Assessment with JLA today.