What is a Fire Risk Assessment (or FRA)?
A Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) is a thorough examination of the business premises and activities; and how they may pose a fire risk to staff, the property and other affected by a fire i.e. visitors, clients, those in the immediate vicinity etc.
You record this examination in a document called a FRA and all businesses are legally obliged to take steps to reduce fire risks, as part of their ‘duty of care’ to those on the premises and those in the immediate vicinity if applicable.
A fire risk assessment is a complex document – and an absolute legal requirement for most businesses premises. (That means if you don’t have one if the Fire Inspector visits, they are able to close the premises if they wish, and take immediate court proceedings as it is an offence not to have one in place).
Be wary of writing one yourself unless you are suitably competent. Since Grenfell, Fire Officers have, quite rightly, been less tolerant and forgiving of fire safety failings in businesses.
A FRA will typically cover things like:
Building materials, size, age and complexity of escape; Fire alarm; smoke alarms; fire signage; fire training; and a whole host of potential fire safety failings.
Our Essential H&S Competent Person Package contains a range of fire-safety training forms and checklists and we can also recommend a Competent Fire Risk Assessor if required.
With more than 30 years’ experience, we can help you with all aspects of your workplace health and safety.