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Fire Risk Assessments

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Fire Risk Assessments

The responsible person must carry out regular fire risk assessment of the premises. This will help identify what needs to be done to prevent a fire and keep people safe. You must keep a written record of all fire risk assessments that are carried out if your business has five or more people.

Here are some simple steps to help you carry out your assessment:

Step 1: Identify the fire hazard

The main two questions you should be asking yourself when identifying fire hazards are:-

  • How could a fire start (heaters, lighting, naked flames etc.)? And;
  • What could burn (packaging, furniture etc.)?

A Fire starts when heat (source of ignition) comes into contact with fuel (anything that burns) and air. Sources of ignition and fuel should be kept apart.

Step 2: Identify people at risk

Everyone is at risk if there is a fire. However the risk might be greater for some due to when or where they work (such as night staff or visitors) Children, the elderly or disabled people are also vulnerable so measures should be put in place, such as evacuation equipment.

Step 3: Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks

Evaluate what you have found in the first two steps, remove and reduce the risk by thinking about what steps you can put in place to avoid accidental fires. Take action to protect your premises and people from fire.

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Step 4: Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training

Keep a record of any fire hazards and how you will reduce or remove them. If your premises are small, a record is a good idea. If you have five or more staff, then you must keep a record. You must have a clear plan of how to prevent fire and to keep people safe in a case of a fire. You will also need to make sure that your staff know what to do in case of a fire, which can be done by practicing a fire drill.

Step 5: Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly

Make sure that your risk assessments are under regular review as the risks may change. When changes are made, you should inform others who share the premises so they can be retrained.

You can do fire risk assessments yourself. However if you do not have the expertise or time to do the fire risk assessment yourself, you need to appoint a ‘competent person’ to write this for you e.g. a professional risk assessor.

Your local fire and rescue authority can give you advice if you do not think your risk assessment is being carried out properly. However they cannot carry it out for you.

Fire Safety: Who is responsible?

When it comes to fire safety, it can be difficult to know who is responsible for the safety of others. Overall you are responsible for yourself, however there are other factors that can make you a ‘responsible person’ for others within a building. You are responsible for fire safety in business or other non-domestic premises if you’re:

  • An employer
  • The owner of the premises
  • The landlord
  • An occupier
  • Anyone else with control of the premise, e.g. a facilities manager, building manager etc.

Sometimes there will be more than one responsible person within a premises, which means you can work together to meet your responsibilities. These responsibilities will cover:

  • Carrying out fire risk assessments
  • Telling staff and representatives about these risks
  • Putting in place fire safety measures for these risks
  • Planning and practicing for emergencies
  • Providing staff information, fire safety instructions and training

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In domestic rental properties, the fire safety legislation only applies to the common or shared parts of the premises and the responsible person normally lies with the landlord, freeholder or the managing agent. In shared premises, it is likely to be more than one person as the responsible person, so will have to co-operate with each other with fire safety measures and share information to ensure the safety of these in or around the premises.

These laws are enforced by your local fire and rescue authority, who must be satisfied with your safety measures. If they are not satisfied, they can now offer you advice on what you need to get the measures in place. If your local fire and rescue authority finds major failings, they can serve an enforcement notice requiring you to make improvement to ensure you premises complies with the law.

Visit the EEA and FPA at the Safety and Health Event FPA on stand H10

FPA launches Emergency Evacuation Association

17 March 2016

 The Fire Protection Association (FPA), the UK’s national fire safety organisation, will be launching a new membership body to represent the emergency evacuation sector at The Health & Safety Event on 22-24 March in Birmingham.

The Fire Protection Association (FPA), the UK’s national fire safety organisation, will be launching a new membership body to represent the emergency evacuation sector at The Health & Safety Event on 22-24 March in Birmingham.

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The Emergency Evacuation Association (EEA) has been created in collaboration with Evac+Chair and will offer members publications, guidance and advice to safeguard the interests of organisations from all sectors and industries that have an interest or responsibility in emergency evacuation. EEA will provide a unified voice for the sector and aims to follow the FPA’s lead by lobbying for improved safety standards. A starting point for EEA will be to lobby for standards to be introduced for evacuation products, a sector which is currently unregulated.

FPA marketing manager Jimmy Phillips said: “We are excited to be launching the EEA as we’ve been approached by many people telling us there’s a huge interest in having a unified voice for the emergency evacuation sector. We’re delighted to be able to provide the industry with a one-stop-shop for best practice, guidance and lobbying.”

Evac+Chair sales and marketing director Mark Roberts added: “EEA has been launched to ensure there is real input to help shape and form the direction of evacuation for its members and its future with knowledgeable advice, to unite companies and organisations from all sectors and industries. It is no longer just fires that can be a potential threat to the lives of visitors, staff or residents, and routines can be disrupted with little or no warning by other disastrous events; it is therefore essential that evacuation is at the forefront of people’s minds.

“The Fire Protection Association draws attention to the dangers of fire and the means by which their potential for loss is kept to a minimum, which makes them the perfect partner for the EEA. They have an unrivalled reputation for quality of work and expertise in all aspects of fire including research, consultancy, training, membership, publications, risk surveying and auditing and maintain the very highest standards of fire safety management.”

For more information visit the FPA on stand H10.

FPA Launches Emergency Evacuation Association

FPA Launches Emergency Evacuation Association

16 March 2016

The Fire Protection Association (FPA), the UK’s national fire safety organisation has launched a new membership body to represent the emergency evacuation sector.

The Emergency Evacuation Association (EEA) has been created in collaboration with Evac+Chair and will offer members publications, guidance and advice to safeguard the interests of organisations from all sectors and industries that have an interest or responsibility in emergency evacuation. EEA will provide a unified voice for the sector and aims to follow the FPA’s lead by lobbying for improved safety standards and in the case of emergency evacuation actually lobby for standards to be introduced on evacuation products.

By joing the EEA, members will recieve the following:

  • Two e-learning courses on evacuation
  • The ability to download publications and other documents from FPA member library
  • Free attendance to EEA/FPA member events
  • Monthly emails with news and technical articles/best practice on evacuation
  • Monthly copy of Fire Risk Management magazine
  • EEA membership card and certificate
  • Use of EEA member logo
  • FPA SME level membership and all its benefits

FPA marketing manager Jimmy Phillips said: ‘We are excited to be launching the EEA as we’ve been approached by many people telling us there’s a huge interest in having a unified voice for the emergency evacuation sector. We’re delighted to be able to provide the industry with a one-stop-shop for best practice, guidance and lobbying.’

Evac+Chair sales and marketing director Mark Roberts added: ‘EEA has been launched to ensure there is real input to help shape and form the direction of evacuation for its members and its future with knowledgeable advice, to unite companies and organisations from all sectors and industries. It is no longer just fires that can be a potential threat to the lives of visitors, staff or residents, and routines can be disrupted with little or no warning by other disastrous events; it is therefore essential that evacuation is at the forefront of people’s minds.

‘The Fire Protection Association draws attention to the dangers of fire and the means by which their potential for loss is kept to a minimum, which makes them the perfect partner for the EEA. They have an unrivalled reputation for quality of work and expertise in all aspects of fire including research, consultancy, training, membership, publications, risk surveying

Membership costs £240+VAT or £260+VAT to include a print copy of FRM. Visit www.thefpa.co.uk/membership or call 01608 812524. Existing FPA corporate, gold and SME members can join the EEA for free, while individual FPA members can upgrade. For more information email membership@thefpa.co.uk

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The EEA – Evacuation & Competency Event

The EEA organised and hosted the first ever Emergency, Evacuation & Competency Event at the Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium in London on 22 May 2014.

The event included a variety of exhibitors from the health and safety industry and a selection of influential, world renowned speakers delivering powerful presentations throughout the day. The event attracted over 170 health and safety professionals and decision makers from a variety of business and public sectors. Supporting the event was UBM Media; a global events-led marketing and communication services business.

The day included presentations on the following:

  • A case study regarding the 911 and the World Trade Center disaster provided by Professor Ed Galea the founding director of the Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG) at the University of Greenwich in London.
  • How to evacuate safely and avoid prosecution delivered by Howard Passey; Commercial Director at Fire Protection Association.
  • A look into the universal evacuation standard presented by Graham Ellicott; CEO at Fire Industry Association.
  • Question and Answer with Phil Baugh, Fire Safety Officer at West Midlands Fire Service; allowing the audience to participate and ask questions.

In addition to the free content and exhibition, the event allowed delegates to network with likeminded people from the health and safety industry. At the end of the day attendees were presented with a CPD certificate.

Mark Roberts, Director at Evac+Chair International said: “For decades the focus has been on ensuring people have the appropriate access to buildings, however over time it has been recognised that evacuation has become just as important.  To my knowledge this was the first ever event of its kind and marked the launch of the Emergency Evacuation Association.  We have pioneered the association to create a unified voice to offer knowledgeable advice and ensure there is real input to help shape and form the direction of evacuation to companies and organisations in the future.  Feedback by delegates who attended the event confirmed the requirement and importance for the association to be formed and thanked us for hosting such an informative event. Our aim moving forward is to host many more of these events to educate people, share ideas and offer a unified voice.