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    FRA stands for ‘Fire Risk Assessment’

    A FRA will identify what needs to be done in any work place to prevent a fire and keep people safe. A written record of FRAs needs to be kept for any business with 5 or more employees.

    To carry out a FRA, consideration needs to be given to:

    1. The identification of potential fire hazards
    2. The identification of people at risk.
    3. Valuating, removing or reducing the risks
    4. Recording findings, preparation of an emergency plan, and provision of training
    5. The regular review and update the fire risk assessment

    More detailed considerations include:

    • emergency routes and exits
    • fire detection and warning systems
    • fire-fighting equipment
    • the removal or safe storage of dangerous substances
    • an emergency fire evacuation plan
    • the needs of vulnerable people, for example the elderly, young children or those with disabilities
    • providing information to employees and other people on the premises
    • staff fire safety training

    FRAs can be completed in-house with the help of standard fire safety risk assessment guides.

    If the expertise or time to do a FRA in-house is not available a ‘competent person’ to help should be appointed; for example, a professional risk assessor.

    Local fire and rescue authorities might be able to give advice if there is any uncertainty as to whether a FRA has been completed correctly.

    For more information click https://www.gov.uk/workplace-fire-safety-your-responsibilities/fire-risk-assessments

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