The fire risk assessment will follow the sameas recommended by the Health and Safety Executive. You must consider a few important factors before you begin your fire risk assessment.
What law applies?
The laws relating to fire risk assessments apply to virtually all premises, including:
The laws don't apply to private residences (unless they require a licence under the House in Multiple Occupancy mandatory licence scheme).
There are other exceptions, but these are less common. If your premises isn't identified above, you should get legal advice.
You'll need to go around your premises and inspect it. Take into account the whole of your premises, including any outdoor locations and rooms or areas that are rarely used.
If you have larger premises, you can divide it into a series of rooms or departments. Even if you share your premises with other businesses, the information on hazard and risk reduction will still be your responsibility. However, you'll need to consider the overall fire safety arrangements in the building.
If your main risk assessmentfinds that work processes in the workplace are likely to lead to a fire, you should consider this when performing your fire risk assessment.
Just like the workplace risk assessment, you can choose one or more 'competent people'to help you apply the fire risk assessment. This person can be an employee or consultant, such as an expert safety consultant. They should have enough knowledge, skills and experience to carry out their role.