All employers and any person who is self-employed are required to assess the risks in the workplace according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Management of Health and Safety at Work regulations 1999 (risk assessment).
Why do I need this assessment?
Are you able to answer YES to all these questions?
- Are existing fire safety measures within the premises adequate?
- Are sources of fuel and ignition controlled?
- Is there adequate means for detecting fire and giving warning?
- Is there adequate means of escape in case of fire from all parts of the premises?
- Are evacuation plans and responsible persons clearly highlighted to all who use the practice?
- Has adequate and appropriate firefighting equipment been provided, and is it suitably located?
- Is there an adequate testing and maintenance regime in place for fire precautions within the premises?
- Have employees been adequately trained in fire safety procedures within the premises and in the use of firefighting equipment? Is evidence available from induction?
- Are there procedures in place for reviewing assessments? Are learning outcomes evident?
How long is this assessment valid?
DD recommends a Fire Risk assessment to be carried out every 12 months or sooner if there are to be any maintenance work or structural changes to your premises.
How long will the assessment take?
For 2 surgeries it should take approximately 2 hours.
What does this assessment include?
- Identification of the fire risks arising from or in connection with a dental practice
- Identification of the location of staff, patients and visiting contractors at significant risk in case of fire in the dental practice
- Identification of arrangements that must be in place when patients, staff and visiting contractors are on site in the event of a fire
- Identification of current systems in place and whether current management is adequate and maintained