Conducting a fire risk assessment
Produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal
Conducting a fire risk assessment

The following Practice Management practice note produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Conducting a fire risk assessment
  • Fire risk assessment
  • Function of the fire risk assessment
  • Key staff members
  • Assessment process
  • Workplaces
  • Activities or work types
  • Fire safety systems
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Documenting your fire risk assessment
  • More...

Conducting a fire risk assessment

You have a duty to take precautions to minimise the risk of fire in your workplace and ensure the safety of your employees in the event of fire.

There are no hard and fast rules about what fire safety provisions you are required to put in place: smaller organisations may only need the minimum provision but larger organisations or those with particular fire risks may require more resources.

To establish what is adequate and appropriate for your operations you must make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks—a fire risk assessment.

This Practice Note provides information on conducting a fire risk assessment. It covers fire safety in an office-based workplace. Other industry/premises-specific requirements may apply in different environments. Building regulations requirements in relation to fire safety are outside the scope of this Practice Note.

For information about regulatory requirements relevant to fire safety in an office-based workplace, see Practice Note: Fire safety in the workplace—regulatory requirements.

Fire risk assessment

You have a duty to make and give effect to appropriate arrangements to ensure the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of preventative and protective measures in relation to fire risks in your workplaces. These should include:

  1. reducing risk of fire and preventing the risk of the spread of fire

  2. securing means of escape

  3. providing means for fighting fires

  4. providing means for detecting fire, and

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