A fire risk assessment is a vital first step in producing a quality fire safety policy in any building. It is mandatory by law and ensures all eventualities for the use of the building have been looked at to protect the building, employees, guests and its contents from fire.
A fire risk assessment is a mandatory undertaking that should be completed in all areas which are accessible to the general public. Failure to conform to such regulations will result in very serious penalties or perhaps even imprisonment. The assessment is a comprehensive one and should be completed by an appointed ‘responsible person’ like a fire warden.
This particular person must pursue such a job in the very first instance after which re-evaluate it periodically. Assessments could be made by anybody, so long as they have the pertinent fire safety advice files to hand. In the event you don’t feel at ease with undertaking such an essential undertaking, a specialized fire risk assessments business is able to provide a skilled person to have on the duties on your behalf.
How is Fire Risk Assessment Done?
A fire risk assessment involves a physical inspection of the building to determine the adequacy of the existing fire safety plan and the need for any additional hotel fire protection like active sprinkler systems and fire alarms.
The components of this particular assessment are actually carried out to be able to highlight the probability of a fire starting up as well as the damage it can cause in specific instances to people in and around the area like shared accommodation buildings. The primary goals of the assessment are to:
- Identify – Any potential fire risks and hazards (sources of ignition, fuel etc).
- Reduce – Those risks to a level that is as low as reasonably possible.
- Evaluate – What precautions need to be put in place to ensure the safety of those in and around your premises (escape routes, lighting, training etc).
Here is a quick list of necessities that must also be in place as part of your fire risk assessment procedure:
- Employees and all relevant persons must be made aware of the relevant information and the risks identified by the assessment. They must also be made aware of the measures you take to prevent such risks and how these measures will protect your employees in the event of a fire.
- Employees need to be consulted and a handful of them nominated to carry out specific roles in connection to your fire safety proposals.
- All non-employees and temporary site workers/visitors must be made aware of the relevant risks and the fire safety procedures behind them.
- You must take into consideration the presence of dangerous substances and the risks they present to your premises in the event of a fire.
- A suitable method of contacting emergency services must be established.
- Appropriate information and training must be provided to employees the moment they begin working for your company and then periodically after that.
- All fire-fighting equipment and detectors should be properly and periodically maintained by a competent person in an efficient manner.
- All emergency escape routes should be highlighted clearly and maintained regularly.
For complete peace of mind for your hotel’s fire safety, it is best to hire a professional who is trained and experienced in such competencies. Fire risk assessments are a huge responsibility with a lot of liability resting on the responsible person. If you are not 100% sure of your ability to complete this task yourself, be sure you have acted with due diligence to ensure your fire safety policy is up to a quality standard by contacting FCF Fire & Electrical South Queensland.