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Belhaven House Hotel Ltd. 06/07/2007

Review of Risk Assessment completed 26/April.2007.

Document 14.
Step 1. Fire Hazards
Sources of Fuel remain Gas & Electricity.
Sources of Ignition remain in the Kitchen and Boilerhouse
involved with the Work Processes of Cooking and Heating.

Step 2. Identification of location of People at significant Risk.
These were identified as Guests occupying Bedrooms 1 and 2,
which were above the Kitchens and adjoining the Boilerhouse.
The recommended action was to transfer the Managers
accommodation to the area of Risk and to make the former
Managers accommodation into Bedrooms for Guests.
This was completed and made operational by 4th Jun2007.

Step 3. Evaluate the Risks.
The two boilers have been installed and /or
inspected, repaired, overhauled or replaced by either Gas
Force Ltd, or Bouchard & Jones Ltd.
Operation is effected by the Responsible Person, who
trained as a Chemical Engineer and was Production Manager
and Safety Officer on a chemical plant for 14 years.

The Deputy is in charge of the Kitchens as Chef,and
was previously a Teacher for 18 years. Her attention to detail and
meticulous records have won us two Bronze awards for Food
Hygiene from the Wales Food Standards Agency

The other sources of ignition for the last 29 years have been
smokers materials and actions taken by drunks.
We have, over the years experienced, burns in carpets from
dropped matches or cigarettes. Fortunately all came to nothing
for the carpet materials charred only.
But there have also been instances of cigarette burns through
tableclothes and duvet covers, nor did these materials support
spread of flame.
But our nearest miss was when a drunk removed the shade
from a bedside lamp which he then stood on the bed alongside
him so that he could read. When he fell asleep, he
knocked over the lamp. The unprotected 100 watt bulb then

Step 3 contd.Evaluate the risks
then burnt through the duvet and the mattress and wound up
on the floor,still alight. Only luck and good quality materials saved
us from a major fire and it was surprising that the fumes produced
did not kill the incumbent.
The overall situation is now much better on two counts.

1. The Welsh smoking ban introduced on 02/04/2007 removes
all LIT smokers materials from the premises. The very few who
choose to defy the law and smoke in their rooms, we ban in
writing so as to prevent a recurrence. This makes their
Companies aware of the incidents and how seriously we regard
the matter. We also tell the other guests what we have done
- pour encourager les autres.

2. More than 90% of our customers are commercial, and
because the local businesses are preponderantly petro-
chemical most of those guests are liable to random
breath tests. Since these tests were introduced 15 years or so
back, our beer sales have dropped to one twelfth.

Step 4.Record Findings and action taken.

Analyses of domestic fires show 12% are caused by
smokers materials and of the resulting casualties 15%
were drunk or drugged. The sittingroom and bedroom are
the main danger areas,with the sittingroom twice as dangerous

Hotel fires are mainly attibuted to Smokers, Kitchens and Electrical
appliances. Despite all fires being reported by the UK brigades to the
Home Office, I have as yet been unable to obtain a breakdown
of hotel fires from them,showing what % occurs in each category.
Nevertheless,in 2003 in the order of 7,332 UK fires were attributed to
smokers. So the result of the smoking ban should show a significant
reduction in the total number of UK fires and this should show up
clearly in the first twelve months, after the smoking ban became
law in England also on 1stJuly07.
Even though the reduction will initially mainly be in hotel
fires, we have already noticed in our own clientele, some long
term smokers are making efforts to stop just because it is now
so much hassle to continue. And as this attitude spreads we
should see a welcome reduction in fires in the home also.

Notwithstanding, the Smoking Bans and the room changes
we have already made, the ongoing risk of electrical
appliances has still to be dealt with, and the installation
of the "L2" fire alarm system should help with that.

Both of our young waitresses have done practices at using
a fire blanket, and they have done alarm panel control when
we are doing the weekly call points check. But we have made
it quite clear to these part timers that their over riding duty
is to get out to the Assembly point and call the Fire Brigade,
setting off the alarms on the way, if possible.
The main responsibility must lie with the Responsible Person
and Deputy.
To keep the Hotel and Guests as safe as possible, on
retiring each evening I lock the Secure Carpark gates to deter
intruders, who might be arsonists. Then I lock the doors, front
and back. I close any of the landing fire doors which may have
been left ajar. Then I hang my set of keys on the hook inside
the fire door of our flat where my wife will have already hung
her set.(During July.07 all locks will be on one Mastersuite
so we will need ONLY one masterkey each.
In the event of the alarm going at night, my wife takes her
set and knocks the doors of Rooms10, 9, 8 &7 before leaving
No.28 front door to go to the Assembly point, outside N0.30
Hamilton Terrace, the Solicitors next door.
Meantime I take mine and knock the doors of Rooms 5, 6,
11, 12, and No. 1 The Bakery, leaving No.29 by the rear door
up the steps, thro' the carpark and down Fulke Street to the
Assembly point on Hamilton Terrace. So even if the Hotel
is full, we could call everyone in under 1 minute.

H.Bruce Henricksen
Responsible Person

Diana M. Henricksen


Risk Assessment (26.04.2007)


Review of Risk Assessment( 06.07.2007)