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A Worked Example of a Fire Risk Assessment


a Local Newsagent's Shop

Initially, a simple single line drawing of the premises roughly to scale /proportion, should 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 firefighting operations.
The plan can then be used to indicate hazards (stage 1) and persons at significant risk (stage 2). It will assist to identify where combustibles and ignition sources come together, or are in close proximity and the action to be taken. A SIMPLE NOUGHTS AND CROSSES SYSTEM CAN BE USED ; CIRCLES (RED) FOR COMBUSTIBLES AND CROSSES FOR HEAT / IGNITION SOURCES.


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The action taken (stage 3), is common sense and in the main inexpensive. Should any requirements proved to be expensive, interim measures may be put in place until they can be implemented. (PROVIDING PERSONS ARE NOT PUT AT AN UNACCEPTABLE RISK). All that remains to do is to make a record of the assessment, prepare the action plan, provide staff training (stage 4), monitor and review the risk assessment as appropriate (stage 5).


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Further Advice and Information

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Fire Risk Assessment Guidance for Smaller Businesses

Fire Risk Assessment Guidance for Smaller Businesses [PDF Format] (103Kb)

This document suggests information that could be contained in a fire risk assessment record. When completed in accordance with all suggestions it may serve as a record of a fire risk assessment.

Fire Safety Record Book  [PDF Format] (38.8Kb)

"The premises Fire Precautions Log Book may be in written or electronic form. It serves to record details of tests and examinations of fire safety equipment/systems and also training and instruction given to staff, including the occurrence of fire drills."

ODPM Insurers Guidance to Fire safety at Work

ODPM Insurers Guidance to Fire safety at Work [PDF Format] (1,058Kb)

This booklet contains a number of checklists covering vital fire prevention topics and will help prevent fires starting in the workplace.

Employer's Fire Risk Assessment [PDF Format] (350Kb)

Use this form to assess the fire precautions in your workplace and highlight remedial action required to address the significant findings.

If further practical advice or information is required following completion of the risk assessment, the Fire Service may be able to assist and the local fire safety department should be contacted.

Additional sources of information :-

  • 'Fire risk management in the workplace, a guide for employers', book and video from the Fire Protection Assoc. Tel 0181 207 2345
  • 'Fire Safety An Employers Guide' published by the Home Office & HSE from Stationery Office Bookshops Tel 0870 600 5522, HSE Bookshops Tel. 01787 881165 and Good Book Sellers ISBN 0-11-341229-0
  • 'Fire risk assessment, a guide to complying with the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regs.' From the Fire Industry Council Tel. 0181 549 5855
  • Information regarding managing process risks and highly flammable materials is available from your local H.S.E. offices.
  • Advice on reducing the risk of arson may be obtained from the Arson Prevention Bureau. Tel: 0181 236 9700
  • Visit the Fire Org Website www.fire.org.uk/risk/risk2-3.htm
  • Information regarding managing process risks and highly flammable materials is available from your local H.S.E. offices.
  • Advice on reducing the risk of arson may be obtained from the Arson Prevention Bureau. Tel: 0181 236 9700
Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations


How they effect you! - Fire Risk Assessment Principles

Employers are required to:-

Objective of the Fire Risk Assessment

Key Stages of Fire Risk Assessment

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 5

A Worked Example of a Fire Risk Assessment

Further Advice and Information

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