Ensuring fire safety is crucial for businesses of all sizes. By implementing effective fire safety protocols, companies can minimise or prevent injuries and property damage in the event of a fire. The responsibility for fire safety lies with employers, as stipulated by the Fire Services Act 1981 (2003) and the Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work Act 2005. These acts mandate regular Fire Risk Assessments for all commercial properties. Neglecting fire hazards can have severe consequences, including loss of life and substantial damage to business assets.
Prioritising information gathering is essential before conducting a PAS 79-2020 compliant Fire Risk Assessment. Our expert fire safety engineers at Phoenix STS are equipped to assess your business premises comprehensively. Our engineer will review your existing fire safety measures and policies during a visit.
Our assessments consider various factors, including building occupancy, activities, layout, and the specific needs of vulnerable occupants in the event of a fire. As a leading fire risk assessment provider in Ireland, Phoenix STS has extensive experience across various sectors, including hospitality, transportation, entertainment, manufacturing, and healthcare premises, ensuring our Fire Risk Assessments meet all legal requirements.
According to statistics, human error is to blame for over 90% of workplace fires in Ireland, and up to 80% of affected businesses fail to resume normal operations after a fire. The Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work Act of 2005 mandates that employers identify fire hazards and assess risks to ensure the safety of employees and the public.
Phoenix STS conducts risk assessments and advises on additional measures to comply with fire safety laws. We offer services to develop emergency plans, train fire wardens, conduct fire drills, and maintain fire safety records, all backed by professional indemnity insurance.
Our comprehensive Fire Risk Assessment reports provide clear guidance, helping managers identify and address compliance gaps to meet best practices and legal standards, including ISO 45001 requirements.
Steps to Fire Risk Assessments
- Identify the people at risk
- Identifying fire hazards in your workplace
- Review the management and upkeep of electrical sources of ignition
- Review the management and upkeep of the lightning protection system
- Review the management of smoking
- Review the management of security against arson
- Review the management of portable heaters
- Review the management and upkeep of heating and ventilation systems
- Review the management of cooking
- Review the management of housekeeping
- Review the management of hazards introduced by outside contractors
- Review the management of dangerous substances
- Review the management and upkeep of means of escape
- Review the management of fire safety signs and evacuation plans
- Review the measures to limit the development and spread of fire
- Review the management and upkeep of emergency lighting
- Review the management and upkeep of the fire detection and alarm system
- Review the management and upkeep of portable fire extinguishers, hose reels, and fire blankets
- Review the management and upkeep of other relevant automatic fire-extinguishing systems
- Review employee fire safety training records and fire drills
- Review the management of access and facilities for the fire service
After completing the fire safety assessments, you will be presented with a report. This report will highlight non-compliance with building regulations or fire safety legislation. Also, highlight where fire safety training is required to ensure compliance, including a prioritised action plan for implementation to ensure compliance with fire safety legislation, guidance, and best practices.
How do we complete the Fire Risk Assessment?
- When our assessor arrives on-site, they will first go through the process, outlining the procedure for the assessment.
- Is fire compliance documentation available to demonstrate that fire compliance regulations are being met? This process typically takes up to two hours.
- We would typically request the facilities manager, fire safety manager, and/or the lead fire warden be present for this element.
- We then moved to inspect the building; upon completion of the inspection, we will meet with the relevant management team and summarise the findings (the time required for this element is dependent on the size of the building).
- This inspection is ordinarily visual and non-intrusive; the outcome may lead to a more in-depth analysis of the fire risks identified during this process.
- Our report will generally be available within five days of the inspection date, excluding bank holidays and weekends.
Please see below a list of questions that will assist us in completing the fire risk assessment. It is pretty standard for management not to answer all of the questions listed below; provide what information is available to you, and we will help you find the rest.