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Form an Action Plan

It is likely that any Fire Risk Assessment will generate actions for improvements that are to be made, unless the overall fire risk is insignificant.  For this reason, an Action Plan is included in any Fire Risk Assessment, as a way of keeping track of what needs to be done.

Throughout the Fire Risk Assessment process, a number of hazards would have been identified, and the effectiveness of existing fire precautions would have been examined.  Likewise, the arrangements for managing fire safety (such as emergency procedures) would have been reviewed.  At any stage of the process, improvements may be identified.

Some examples of improvements taken from a Fire Risk Assessment are:

  • Remove stored goods from the boiler room;
  • Move the bins from outside the building;
  • Providing training on emergency procedures to key people;
  • Add extra smoke detectors and emergency lights to speific rooms;
  • Updating the emergency plan to take account of the new Sunday School; and
  • Organise for the alarm system to be serviced.

The Action Plan must identify what needs to be done, who is to do it and a date by when it should be carried out.

When prioritising actions, try to make sure that those items that pose the greatest risk to people are carried out first.  However, simpler tasks do not have to be delayed while waiting for other tasks to be completed if the item can easily be finished.  After all, it may take several months for permission to be granted and funding made available for some actions, and it does not make any sense to delay simpler things while this happens.

If an action looks as if it may take a while to complete, think about any alternative actions that can be done to mitigate against the risk while the longer-term action is done.  Such short-term actions may include things like temporary equipment, such as air-horns while waiting for a fire alarm system to be installed, or torches while waiting for funds to be railed to install emergency lighting.

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