When involved in any element of a commercial premise, it’s mandatory by law that you complete a fire risk assessment, in extreme detail. The entire point of conducting a fire risk assessment on site is to not only to keep your employees safe, but any surrounding pedestrians also. Due to the expertise required to complete a fire risk assessment, it’s compulsory that a specialist is the one to carry this out. With a fire risk assessment, this isn’t a process which should be done once. Instead, it’s a continuous process, and one that needs to be audited frequently in order to adapt to unexpected changes. Here at ProQuo Logistics, we always put safety first with our construction service, so we’ve compiled a short guide to help you with the fire risk assessment process.
Complying With The Law
As previously mentioned, a fire risk assessment is a document that needs to be completed by law, and this was enforced and revised by The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RF(SF)O) 2005. Essentially, this law requires the ‘Responsible Person’ (RP) of a non-domestic premise to conduct a fire risk assessment in order to outline and combat potential fire hazards within the construction site. Furthermore, the Dangerous Substances And Explosive Atmospheres Regulations was enforced in 2002, and is included into the RR(FS)O in order to outline the fatal effects that a fire can have for all premises that are covered by the RR(FS)O.
Objectives Of A Fire Risk Assessment
When carrying out a fire risk assessment, there are several objectives that you should meet to ensure that you’ve created an effective assessment that covers all possible fire hazards and solutions. In order to safeguard the safety of employees when on a construction site, the RP must identify the fire hazards as well as the people at risk. Moreover, they must highlight how these risks will be reduced or removed completely, as well as determine which fire safety methods will need to be enforced in order to confirm the safety of those on the construction site, or those nearby.
While a lot of detail is required within a fire risk assessment, it shouldn’t be too much of a daunting task regarding that the premises have been built and maintained complying with building regulations. As you’d expect, if the site isn’t compliant with building regulations, then extra criteria will need to be met to ensure that fire risk assessment is sufficient enough.
Identifying Possible Hazards
As you’ll know, a fire occurs from a source of ignition, whether that be heat or flame, as well as a potential source of fuel or oxygen. In order to accurately conduct your fire risk assessment, you need to understand all of the potential fire hazards on site and why they have potential to be a risk. While there will be obvious ignitable fire hazards to identify, others can be a lot more concealed, including sources of frictional heat, electrostatic discharges and defective electrical fittings.
Alongside ignitable fire hazards though, you’ll need to identify potential sources of fuel and general unsafe situations, including any combustible products, smoking next to combustible materials and any conditions that may accelerate the process of a fire spreading on site.
Fire Risk Assessment Record
Once the fire risk assessment has been completed, it should be stored away in a safe place that still allows it to be shown immediately upon request. Findings of the risk assessment must be recorded, and this information includes any action that’s been taken to reduce the risks of a fire, as well as any that are still due to be taken. By law, you must have your fire risk assessment recorded somewhere where a minimum of five employees are working, otherwise the premises will be subject to licensing, registration or an ‘Alterations Notice’.
The fire risk assessment record must include the date that the assessment was made, as well as the hazards which have been identified, staff that are particularly at risk, any actions that need to be taken to safeguard workers and any conclusions that arise from the overall assessment.
After many attempts, carrying out a fire risk assessment should become much easier, and your attention to possible fire hazards will come much more naturally to you. Considering that a fire risk assessment cannot be ignored, it’s important that you fully understand how to carry them out effectively in order to safeguard your workers.
Get in touch with ProQuo Logistics to find out how we can help you with your construction project whether you’re carrying out a large-scale industrial project, or home refurbishment project, today.