FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT CONSULTANCY AND TRAINING

 Fire Risk Assessment Consultancy and Training service for the South of England.

Our Services

  • Fire risk assessment consultancy advice
  • Fire risk assessment training
  • Compartmentation surveys – fire stopping and fire doors
  • Fire escape plans
  • PEEPS (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans)

Our Skills

We can provide compliant and practical advice as well as cost-effective solutions for the significant findings raised in premises Fire Risk Assessment action plans.

From our experience, knowledge and training as inspection, service, and maintenance engineers, as well as years of experience as Fire Risk Assessors we can provide that all important link between the recommendations made in a premises Fire Risk Assessments and the implementation of fire safety systems and measures.

Finding it time consuming and difficult reviewing a premises risk assessment? We can assist you with the action plan by way of advice and or training on how to approach and implement the significant findings.

We carry out compartmentation surveys as well as produce fire stopping, and fire door remedial works quotations based on recommended upgrades to current Standards. Current standards do not have to be retrospectively applied to older premises as long as they are maintained to the standard(s) applicable at the time of construction but ultimately this comes down to the premises FRA and decision made by the premises Responsible Person. Hence, we can highlight the difference between recommendations that should be viewed as ‘advisory’ and those that should be implemented.

The Law

Fire safety law changed in October 2006 with the introduction of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO) – affecting all non-domestic premises in England and Wales. The RRFSO simplifies over 70 pieces of previous fire safety legislation and repealed Acts such as the Fire Precautions Act 1971, the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 (amended 1999). The objective of the new law is to reduce death, injury and damage caused by fire by placing the responsibility for fire safety on the employer or ‘Responsible Person’ for that building or premises. The main effect of the changes is a move towards greater emphasis on fire prevention and accountability.

The Fire Safety Act 2021

The Fire Safety Act 2021 (FSA)which is now law in England and Wales, is essentially an update and clarification of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

The FSA brings fire regulations and standards up to date, taking in to account of the lessons learnt from the Grenfell fire.

There are major implications for both fire professionals and responsible persons,with severe consequences if the new standards are not adhered to.

Put simply, if you are the person responsible for any residential building, you could be held personally liable for any future breaches. The FSA may owe its existence to fire safety issues in high-rise structures, but in fact it applies to any building containing two or more domestic units, with new or revised rules that apply to the building’s structure, external walls, and any common parts, including the access doors to each apartment.

Moving forward, regarding residential buildings, The Building Safety Bill, published 5 July 2021, will create lasting generational change andset out a clear pathway for the future on how residential buildings will be designed, constructed, maintained and managed.

GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE NOTES

HM Government guidance notes covering the following premises are made available to help you prepare for the changes that have come into force:
Guide 1 – Offices and shops 
Guide 2 – Factories and warehouses 
Guide 3 – Sleeping accommodation 
Guide 4 – Residential care premises
Guide 5 – Educational premises 
Guide 6 – Small and medium places of assembly 
Guide 7 – Large places of assembly 
Guide 8 – Theatres and cinemas 
Guide 9 – Outdoor events
Guide 10 – Healthcare premises 
Guide 11 – Transport premises and facilities
Guide 12 – Animal Premises and Stables


A supplemental guide for addressing means of escape for Disabled Persons provides additional information on accessibility and means of escape for disabled people.

The guides explain what you should do to comply with the fire safety order, help you to carry out and review a fire risk assessment and identify the general fire precautions you need to have in place and keep maintained.

The Responsible Person, with limited formal training or experience, should be able to carry out a basic fire risk assessment for their premises. If you read the fire safety guide and decide you are unable to apply the guidance then you should seek expert advice from a ‘competent person’.

More complex premises and those deemed to be of a certain fire risk will probably need to be assessed by a ‘Competent Person’ who has comprehensive training or experience in fire risk assessment.

Downloads

Fire Safety Checklist

We have produced an example of a Fire Safety checklist for premises…

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AREAS WE COVER

Our fire risk assessment consultancy and training services cover the South of England including the counties of Middlesex, Essex, Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire including London, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester, Bristol, and the surrounding towns of Aldershot, Basingstoke, Beaconsfield, Bracknell, Cirencester, Egham, Farnham, Guildford, Henley on Thames, High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Marlow, Newbury, Oxford, Poole, Reading, Slough, St Albans, Staines, Swindon, Watford, Windsor, Woking, Wokingham and Worthing.

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