As part of your fire risk assessment, you need to identify those at risk if there is a fire. To do this you need to identify where you have people working, either at permanent workstations or at occasional locations around the premises. To consider who else may be at risk, such as customers, visiting contractors etc, and where these people are likely to be found. You will also need to consider all the people who use the premises but you should pay particular attention to people who may be especially at risk such as:

  • Employees who work alone and/or in isolated areas, e.g. cleaners, security staff;
  • People who are unfamiliar with the premises, e.g. seasonal workers, contractors, visitors and customers;
  • People with disabilities or those who may have some other reason for not being able to leave the premises quickly, e.g. elderly customers or parents with children;
  • Other persons in the immediate vicinity of the premises; and
  • People with language difficulties.

In evaluating the risk to people with disabilities you may need to discuss their individual needs with them. In larger buildings used extensively by the public you may need to seek professional advice.