Fire risk is a 24/7 concern for all businesses and the assessment and management of that risk is complicated by the individual characteristics of every organisation and every environment, and the pace of their change.
To ensure the safety of your staff, buildings and assets, you need the help of expert consultants. These consultants can analyse every situation, who are not tied to any particular remedies, but who can give timely, specific advice and independent recommendations.
Our team of consultants all have NEBOSH fire safety and risk management and fire safety and risk practical certificates, together with a thorough understanding of Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RR(FS)O). We also have consultants who are associate members of the Institute of Fire Engineering (IFE) within our team. They produce tailored fire risk assessments, highlighting the exact location of hazards.
Our consultants can also advise you on the use of our online compliance management solution Assurity Plus to view real-time progress of your allocated actions, simplify the way you work, demonstrate greater compliance control, have useable management reporting and enhanced visibility of risks.
You get the key facts on which to act. Our NEBOSH and RR(FS)O backgrounds ensure completely professional assessment from experienced professionals used to analysing a wide range of environments.
Because we do not offer remedial services, we are totally impartial, which means we are 100% focused on your specific needs and their possible solutions.
You can rest easy, knowing that our expertise is deep and our recommendations have only your best interests at heart.
Our Fire Safety Management Services Include:
Fire safety management reviews
Fire risk assessments
Fire management documentation systems
Fire Warden training (awareness, duties, evacuation, first aid and firefighting)
Fire evacuation drill support
The requirements of the legislation cover everything from proactive fire management, through risk assessment and arrangements, to drills, procedures, system checks and training. With potentially a range of contractors as well as employees and others (landlords, tenants, consultants) all involved in the process you need to ensure your fire management is robust, cohesive and inclusive.
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- It may no longer be valid.
- There have been changes made to the area/s under your control e.g. structural changes, new installations.
- You have had a fire or near miss.
- Findings from a fire evacuation drill identify the need for a change.
Is it still applicable to my organisation?
Am I doing anything different that could have changed the fire risk of my building since the document was produced?
Have the occupancy levels or building layout changed?
What are my fire management inspections, checks and maintenance works telling me?
Are there any aspects of your current arrangements you would like to change?
- What to do when a fire is discovered
- How to raise the alarm
- What to do if you hear the fire alarm
- Where the assembly points are located
- Who contacts the emergency services
- Firefighting policy
- How to know it is safe to re-enter the building
A fire strategy is a document that sets the basis for fire safety control measures from the design of a building. It demonstrates compliance with Building Regulations, covering means of fire detection, warning and escape, the internal fire spread (linings and structure), the external fire spread as well as accessibility and facilities provided for the fire service. Typically, a fire strategy will be produced at the design stage in conjunction with architectural plans and is required as part of a building control submission. The document will also provide details of occupancy levels permitted within the building against the provision of horizontal and vertical means of escape and levels of compartmentation.
The requirement for a fire strategy is not only applicable to new-builds, but they can also be produced for existing buildings. These are often known as ‘retrospective fire strategies’. Fire strategies of this kind are often carried out in accordance with PAS 911. This document provides guidance on the recommended process to follow and provides guidance on property protection, environmental factors, the safety of life and business continuity.
A fire strategy document forms an essential basis on which to conduct the Fire Risk Assessment. This will allow the ‘responsible person’ to plan, manage and co-ordinate the appropriate fire safety precautions to minimise the risk of fire and ensure the safety of occupants.
Fire strategies can only be produced by qualified and competent fire engineers. Further detail can be found on The Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) website under ‘find a UK fire engineer’ directory.
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The guidance states that fire drills should be carried out at least annually to make sure that all occupants are aware of building evacuation procedures. However, should you have staff within the building working of a night, you will need to carry out fire drills to make sure that all shift patterns are covered at least annually.
For example, if the 4th floor worked on night shift patterns of 06:00-12:00 and 12:00-06:00, then more frequent fire drills will need to be carried out to capture the staff working in each shift at least annually. A fire drill during the day will also need to be carried out (at least annually) to capture staff working in normal core working hours.
The Health and Safety at Work Act section 2(3) and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 article 9, both require employers with 5 or more employees to provide a written risk assessment for significant risks and review them those risks.
The responsible person for the premises (the individual identified as having control over part or all of the premises) must regularly review and keep it up to date.
Your fire risk assessment must be reviewed if:
There has been a change to the type of work being done on the premises that may affect areas under your control e.g. introduced a manufacturing process to an office environment.
Changes to the types of persons employed, you are now employing workers with disabilities or young workers e.g. introduced staff covered under the equality act.
Your independent fire risk assessor would advise a review date. It is good practice to fully review a Fire Risk Assessment every two years if this has not needed to be done in the interim.
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Effective management alongside appropriate staff training is fundamental in fire safety.
The responsible person’s duty is not only ensuring that a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment is implemented, but also that there are adequate fire safety measures in place. Examples of this include having suitable evacuation procedures, control measures for those more likely to be at risk in the event of a fire, to maintaining fire detection and alarm systems as well as fire fighting equipment i.e. fire extinguishers, sprinklers, suppression systems etc.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO) imposes extensive duties which can only be effectively discharged by means of a comprehensive fire safety management system. This should include arrangements for planning, organising, control, monitoring and review of your fire systems in place.
As the responsible person, it is your duty to ensure that all employees have undergone sufficient training. All staff members, including temporary/part-time, contractors and visitors must be familiar with the actions to be taken in the event of a fire or if the fire alarm were to sound. This can be done through inductions, training courses and fire evacuation drills. It is important that individuals are aware of their part to play, should it be calling the fire services, assisting others to evacuate, making sure all those in their area have safely evacuated, managing the assembly point, to making sure no-one re-enters the property until it is safe to do so. Delegation of roles is key to managing fire safety.
Pro-active management, such as frequent inspections and checks of the workplace, demonstrates good fire safety control. Early identification of fire doors being propped open, defects in fire fighting equipment, or regular storage of combustibles within fire escape routes will also reduce the risk of fire and/or fire spread within the workplace.
It is important that all current policies and procedures in place are regularly reviewed to meet any changes in circumstances but also to implement improvements.
The first step to reviewing your fire risk assessment is to look at your current document and think about these questions:
If any changes have occurred, you need to satisfy yourself that either they do not materially affect your current fire management, or if they do, what effect they have.
We offer our customers a full fire risk assessment review, which provides them with an independent view of what actions they need to take to comply with legislation and reduce the chance, and impact, of any fires that may occur.
It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that their staff have had adequate training in order to ensure they know what they need to do in the event of a fire. Training should be provided on the first day of the induction stage with further training given throughout the length of employment to ensure that knowledge is refreshed and the information is correct. This is outlined in the British Standard BS9999:2017 Annex Q. Refresher training should be at least annually but if there is a higher turnover of staff or the risk of fire is more significant this frequency should be increased.
The level of training required should be dependant on the occupant's roles and responsibility. For example, a fire safety officer and fire warden would require more training than general office staff as they have greater fire responsibilities in the event of an evacuation. Fire evacuation drill’s training may potentially be considered sufficient refresher training for general office staff and fire wardens depending on the risk profile.
Things to include in fire awareness training should include the following:
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