A fire risk assessment is a methodical look at a company’s premises, the activities undertaken within it, how fire safety is managed, the potential for a fire to occur and the harm it could cause to the people in and around the area. Existing fire safety measures are then evaluated to establish if they are adequate, or if more is required to be done.

As with other elements of a fire safety management system, the process of risk assessing requires some thought to ensure its successful application. This entails seeking assurance of the competency of those required to undertake assessments as well as the design of the methodology to be used and its coverage. Supporting procedures such as use of best practice guidance, document control and process review must also be considered.

This topic outlines the steps that need to be taken to undertake a fire risk assessment.

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