Fire risk assessment

The person responsible for every building, including, laboratory, teaching space, embedded space, office, store or any other building, or part of a building managed by the University, must ensure that it is the subject of an appropriate fire risk assessment(s). The purpose is to identify the general fire precautions needed to ensure the safety of everyone who may resort to the premises.  

Most accidental fires are avoidable and the fire risk assessment is designed to help identify where they may occur and enable remedial action to be taken. 

The fire risk assessment on the University template should:

  • identify all ignition sources

  • identify all combustibles

  • identify people at risk 

  • identify what is provided to control the risk 

  • identify failures that might affect the safety of persons from fire 

  • identify further action and who needs to carry it out

  • set a review date, no later than 13 months after the initial assessment 

The fire risk assessment should be undertaken as a joint venture with those having specialist knowledge of the processes or building. 

It should be circulated to everyone who had a stake in its completion and be made available to anyone that works in, or occupies the building. It should also be shown to other occupiers, including non-University persons who should share their own fire risk assessment. 

The person/s carrying out the fire risk assessments should have sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities to complete it. 

The University employs a range of competent persons, such as departmental safety officers, divisional and area safety officers, University safety officers, facilities management, Estates technical staff and Direct Labour Organisation, all of whom can be called upon to give help or advice. 

Fire risk assessment templates and accompanying notes

Void buildings and areas:

Embedded spaces:

Public spaces:

Offices and teaching space:


Sleeping accommodation:

Tenant-occupied areas:

Residential lettings: