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Fire risk assessment

Fire safety in your business premises

Under current Fire Safety Legislation, you, as a Responsible Person (Opens in a new window) within your business, must carry out a suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment. This assesses the risk of fire to your employees and others who are associated with your business and its work. If you feel that your premises is too complex to write one yourself, you can use this guide by the National Fire Chiefs Council to help you with how to choose a competent fire risk assessor (Opens in new window).

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service categorises premises by risk level, placing premises that have sleeping on site or visitors that may be unfamiliar with the layout in a higher risk category due to delays in discovery of fire or making an escape.

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) issues Guidance Documents (Opens in a new window) to help recognise the fire risks for particular premises, dividing them into size and nature of premise eg. Healthcare, Factories and Warehouses, and Offices and Shops. These guidelines are designed to help the responsible person comply with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

In order to measure the risk of your premises, you may also need to calculate your maximum occupancy levels. This is worked out using the number and width of the fire exits available per person. You can download a simple guide to calculating occupancy figures (.pdf, 3 pages, 136Kb).

The short guide to making your premises safe from fire (.pdf, 16 pages, 1007Kb, Opens in a new window) is another useful tool for writing your own risk assessment. This should help you methodically follow the five key steps of Fire Risk Assessments.

Fire safety risk assessment

Graphic showing the five steps to a fire risk assessment. 1) Identify fire hazards 2) Identify people at risk 3) Evaluate, remove or reduce, and protect from risk, 4) Record, plan, inform, instruct and train 5) Review

  1. Identify fire hazards
    • Sources of ignition
    • Sources of fuel
    • Sources of oxygen
  2. Identify people at risk
    • People in and around the premises
    • People who are especially at risk
  3. Evaluate, remove or reduce and protect from risk
    • Evaluate the risk of a fire starting
    • Evaluate the risk to people from a fire
    • Remove or reduce fire hazards
    • Remove or reduce the risk to people from a fire
    • Protect people by providing fire precautions
  4. Record, plan, inform, instruct, and train
    • Record any major findings and action you have taken
    • Discuss and work with other responsible people
    • Prepare an emergency plan
    • Inform and instruct relevant people
    • Provide training
  5. Review
    • Review your fire-risk assessment regularly
    • Make changes where necessary

FREE Fire Risk Assessment Workshops

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service offers a FREE Fire Risk Assessment Workshop which is available to small businesses or organisations who want to complete their own Fire Risk Assessment. These workshops can show you how to populate your Fire Risk Assessment to suit your specific needs.

The workshop usually lasts around two hours and is delivered in small groups of no more than five business representatives at a time. The guidance can be tailored to meet your business needs.

To book your free place, please contact us with your name, the name and nature of your business, and your location.

Templates

Our Fire Risk Assessment templates are for guidance and should help you methodically follow the five key steps of Fire Risk Assessments. These should be used in conjunction with the DCLG Guide which is relevant to the size of your premises and the nature of your business.

We have several templates to help you:

If you plan to hold a temporary event, you can apply for a Temporary Event Notice (Opens in a new window) online.