Thursday, September 07, 2006

Fire risk assessment

There seems to be a lot of debate about fire risk assessment, which are part of the new fire regulations coming in on 1 October 2006.

There is a particularly good debate going on at the Fire Net Forum

Around page six there is a discussion about whether the man in the street understands descriptive or numerical estimates of risk. Is it better to say that a fire is likely or to say there is a 75% chance of a fire. People may well understand the numbers better but may assume it is based on a more scientific approach, when in most cases it is just someones 'gut feeling.'

There is a rather worrying debate on the IOSH forum

Some people on this one don't seem to know what a risk assessment is!

Andy Brazier

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