When considering the changes in the premises that have been introduced in response to COVID 19, in all cases, the initial starting point must be a review of the existing fire risk assessment, fire safety arrangements and fire procedures to determine whether they remain valid.
Relevant changes to the premises can include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
• Reduced occupancy numbers.
• The absence of key personnel, such as fire wardens and assembly marshals.
• Reduced ability to record the presence of, and account for, staff, contractors and visitors in the event of an evacuation.
• The implementation of one-way or queueing systems.
• The erection of screens and barriers.
• Waste collection arrangements.
• The size and location of assembly points.
• The ability to establish the evacuation status of parts of the building that are under the control of others.
• The storage of significant quantities of alcohol-based hand cleanser.
Having reviewed the changes that have been implemented within the premises, it will then be necessary to review the fire safety arrangements and amend them so that they remain suitable and sufficient, and most of all, workable under the prevailing circumstances.