Risk Management and AssessmentIntroductionThe risk assessment by the local fire station will be a careful examination of the factors that would lead to harm in order to reduce the number of fires occurring at the immediate students’ accommodation centers and external public while still maintaining sustainable households. . This assessment will help the fire department to weigh the potential risks associated with the lifestyle factors of the students in order to take precautions to prevent further eventualities of fires. The risk assessment will take several steps that will include identification of the hazards, determining the potential victims of the hazard and in what way, and evaluation of risks and the necessary precautions for those risks.
The findings for this assessment will be recorded for later implementation by the local fire station. Further assessments are supposed to update the current assessment depending on further risks and potential hazards. The local fire station will involve the input of the staff and the stakeholders for a thorough and effective assessment (HSE 2002). A hazard is defined as anything that is likely to cause harm like open electrical wires, chemicals, or smoked cigarettes, while a risk is the high or low chance that someone could be harmed by one of these or other hazards while it indicates how serious the hazard could be.
The risk is the likelihood of an occurrence of something in this case fire. The probability of this occurrence and the extent of the occurrence is the severity of the risk. In improving the safety of the students, the risk and its severity has to be reduced if the consequences have to be diminished.
The incident intelligence of risk analysis helps to investigate the factors that contribute to risks within the accommodation centre. Resources for fire hazards are very demanding however public must be safeguarded at whatever costs but not ignorant that there are protective and preventive measures that are cost effective. The risks can be generated by the activity in a particular place or are dynamic due to the lifestyle factors associated with the users of the facility (Lancashire Fire and rescue services 2009, pg. 5). Risk assessment The students in the accommodation facility are exposed to several hazards such as the exposed electricity used for cooking, the lighted cigarettes around the accommodation facilities, the unrepaired power lines, and overloaded power connections that could eventually explode.
The lighted cigarettes only pose as short term hazards while the electricity is a long-term hazard. The accidents book has a history of fire incidents mainly caused by the electricity. There were no hazards of gas leakages since the use of gas cylinders is prohibited within the accommodation quarters. Understanding hazards is important in accessing risks since certain levels of hazards become potential risks (HSE 2006, pg 1).
The electrical wires for example are not risky, they become potential risks when they are exposed or poorly installed. Smoking is not a hazard unless it is done within closed rooms which by and close to flammable objects. Thus the hazards are dynamic since they have potential for risk at specific times and conditions and not in others. This prompts for inspections and supervision of the potential hazards in the lookout for potential risks. Thus the site conditions determine the type of assessment that will take place in the accommodation centre.