Fire risk assessment healthcare

Fire Risk Assessment for the healthcare sector

If you are responsible for fire safety in your surgery, hospital, dental surgery or other healthcare premises, you must ensure regular Fire Risk Assessments are carried out. Risk assessments will involve the identification of fire hazards, including possible sources of ignition and substances that might fuel a fire, as well as the people who will be at risk. The safety of vulnerable patients is, of course, paramount, but it is also your legal responsibility to ensure your healthcare premises are safe for all employees, patients and visitors.

 

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Legal responsibility for Fire Risk Assessment healthcare premises

The law which governs Fire Risk Assessments is called the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, also known as the RRO. Under the RRO, the obligation for fire safety measures lies with the ‘responsible person’. A ‘responsible person’ can be a facilities manager, building manager, managing agent or risk assessor. Often there is more than one ‘responsible person’, all of whom must work together to meet their legal responsibilities.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (and its associated Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006) state it is up to the ‘responsible person’ to implement and maintain a fire management plan for each property they are responsible for. This includes:

  • Carrying out a Fire Risk Assessment of your surgery, hospital, healthcare premises or dental practices and evaluate it regularly
  • Keeping a written record of your Fire Risk Assessment if your surgery/hospital/practice employs five or more people
  • Telling staff or their representatives about the risks you have identified
  • Putting in place and maintaining appropriate safety measures
  • Planning for an emergency
  • Providing staff information, fire safety instruction and training

Failure to implement a comprehensive plan that includes all of the above could result in a fine, imprisonment, or both.

Surgery Fire Risk Assessment

Whether you are responsible for a single surgery or group of surgeries, we can help you carry out your surgery fire safety risk assessment. Our in-house experts have experience working in GP surgeries, dental surgeries and other healthcare premises. All our technicians have enhanced DBS checks and are prepared to undertake the risk assessment at a time that fits around your surgery’s busy schedule.

Hospital Fire Risk Assessment

In a hospital setting, fire safety risk assessments are a vital precaution. With so many vulnerable people using the premises, including patients who are seriously ill and those undergoing surgery in the operating theatres, the risks from fire are far greater than the majority of other settings. Therefore rigorous fire safety procedures are more important than ever. We have experience working in hospital settings, including operating room fire risk assessments. All our technicians have enhanced DBS checks and, for long-term clients, the same team of technicians work on each project year after year. This ensures continuity and familiarity with your hospital building, as well as your expectations.

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AGF Fire Protection’s Fire Risk Assessment for surgeries, hospitals and healthcare premises

AGF Fire Protection is one of the UK’s leading fire safety companies. Established for over 20 years, we specialise in large multi-site projects throughout the country, including hospitals, surgeries and healthcare facilities. Risk assessments are completed by our specialist team of fully qualified Fire Safety Consultants, all of whom have previously worked for the UK Fire Service.

We offer clear, detailed reports that are easy to understand, helping you to monitor your fire safety policies and procedures, and make the improvements necessary to keep your employees and your business safe. We can also help with other elements of fire safety including employee training and guidance, and fire fighting equipment servicing and maintenance.

Our secure online client portal allows 24/7 access to all documents ensuring you have everything at your fingertips at any time of the day or night.

Let us help you meet your legal requirements and help keep your staff, patients and visitors safe. Contact us now for more details and a free no obligation quotation.

Frequently asked questions

A Fire Risk Assessment has five main steps:

  1. Identify fire hazards
  2. Identify people at risk
  3. Evaluate, remove or reduce and protect from risk
  4. Record, plan, inform, instruct and train
  5. Review

Here at AGF Fire Protection we are proud that our fire risk assessments provide a comprehensive and in depth analysis of all the fire risks within your building. We spend time on your site, reviewing your current fire safety procedures and company practices and carry out a structured and systematic examination of all areas of Fire Safety within your workplace taking into consideration all requirements of the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (2005) and the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the associated Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006.

This thorough process then culminates in our production of a Fire Risk Assessment working document including photographic evidence, plan of action and detailed feedback and support.

All our Fire Risk Assessments are carried out by our team of fully trained and experienced Fire Safety Consultants.

Contact us for a free no-obligation quotation.

The cost for a fire risk assessment is based on the size and complexity of your building and business and takes into consideration how many days will be required to carry out a thorough examination of your current fire safety processes and procedures along with time on site plus, reporting and feedback.

Please contact us for a free no-obligation quotation for your premises.

The time it will take to carry out a fire risk assessment depends entirely on the size and complexities of your building and your business. Timescales can range from half a day on site, to several days or weeks. Please feel free to contact us for us and our friendly team can help give you a better idea of timescales based on your specific premises.

There is no special preparation for a Fire Risk Assessment visit, the assessor is there to help you and your business and needs to see the premises and business as it is on a day to day basis. It will help us if you have to hand all your company Fire Safety documents, including the recent maintenance reports for any fire safety services within your building and any previous fire risk assessments.

Fire Risk Assessments are required by law as part of the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (2005) and the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the associated Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006.

You can find more about this legislation here:

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2005/1541/contents/made
https://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2005/5/contents
https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2006/456/contents/made

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