Who is responsible for completing the Fire Risk Assessment?

Jul 16, 2018

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLETING THE FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT?

Anyone who has control over the premises is responsible for completing Fire Risk Assessments, whether that’s an individual or part of a team for one particular area.

For example, this could be:

  • An employer
  • The owner and/or managing agent for any premises
  • The person in charge of fire safety equipment
  • An occupier of a building, structure or user of open space where they control that premises
  • Any person who has control over any part of a premises accessed by other people

WHAT MUST I DO AS THE RESPONSIBLE PERSON?

As the responsible person you must carry out the following, or have a competent person do it for you:

  • Identify & record fire hazards – identify the source of ignition and fuels.
  • Identify & record the people at risk.
  • Assess the risk from your findings above – you need to work out:
  • Where you need fire extinguishers and what type
    • Other firefighting equipment required e.g. hose reels
    • Your fire safety escape routes
    • Whether a fire alarm is required, and what type
    • Emergency lighting and positioning
    • Fire safety signage
  • Create a plan of action including an emergency plan in case of fire.
  • Inform, train and instruct those people at risk.
  • Record the plan, the implementation of the plan, and training is given.
  • Review the plan regularly, especially if there are any changes to the premises.
  • Act on those changes.