Fire Risk Assessment – the beauty of it all

by admin on October 21, 2010

Ive done plenty of fire risk asessments over the years and they always seem a little stranger as each year passes, I ask myself why this is and to this day im still not entirely sure of the reason, other than that these things are needed for us to focus on real life and what better way to look at it than those that who work in the industry day ini and day out. Do you really need a fire risk assessment under law of is it a nice t have for a building? I wonder if this is to do with money more than anything else? Whats with all the worry about legislation and how we do things correctly in the end, i still cant believe people really still dont know about this thing and how they should tackle it, but during this brief article I’m going to try and submit ways for looking at FRA and its potential implications on the wider society and hwo thes ethings look.

Much has been made of the new Fire Risk Assessments that came into force a long time ago. The level of detail required in the Fire Risk Assessments is always a bit dubious and I’m aiming to confirm what is actually required to meet the new regulations.

I’ve visisted a number of premises and the standard  Fire Risk Assessments template can be found on the internet.

It generally should look at the type of risk the building possess and how the ocntents of the document can mitigate andy risk.

It should look at the level of detection offered, current adequacy of escape routes, and any problems the building may have in terms of fire risk. Generally for offices the risk is genrally low, however there may be kitchen facilities. Looking at the use of both heat detection and smoke detection is always useful.

The new regulations are very unclear and much has been made about the quality of the fire risk assessments in use. I use a standard template that encourages common sense and the practicalities of fire. Are the current measures up to standard? What are the requirements by law. How likely is the risk of fire, and what do the new mitigation strategies offer in terms of reducing risk?

These have replaced the old fire certificate and can be done by anyone who is deemed competent under the eyes of the law. Competence is a funny one.


About the Author:
C Barrett is a Fire Risk Assessments Specialist and has conducted many  Fire Risk Assessments over the years. This is whatFire Risk Assessments is about.
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