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Fire Risk Assessments

Shore provides a tailored and practical solution to managing fire safety.

When it comes to managing any building or construction project, fire safety is one of the most important safety aspects in protecting human life. Our highly qualified and experience fire safety experts provide a professional service. We aim to make fire safety easy by providing comprehensive advice and guidance.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, places a duty onto employers, landlords and tenants to ensure that the premises they occupy are safe and provide a reasonable standard of fire safety. As such, a fire risk assessment needs to be carried out on all types of buildings (with the exception to domestic residential properties) including common areas within domestic blocks of flats. You, your landlord, your employer and your visitors are all at risk should your building not have a suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment in place.

To find out more about Fire Risk Assessments and how we can help contact us.

Our fire safety experts can support you with identifying fire safety hazards and implementing practical management strategies to ensure people and property are protected.

  • Our Services

    Our fire safety team are experienced in a variety of industries and provide advice and support to a range of building types and construction projects. Our fire safety services include:

    • Fire safety advice (i.e. means of warning and/or escape, evacuation plans, fire-fighting equipment, roles and responsibilities, Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order requirements etc.)
    • Fire safety consultation for the design and construction of building projects (including construction phase fire risk assessments)
    • Written fire risk assessments
    • Core fire safety documentation tailored to your individual needs (i.e. fire safety policy, evacuation plan, fire safety building plans and fire log book etc.)
  • What’s Involved

    The responsible person has an obligation to ensure that all life safety measures within their control and within their demise for the purposes of fire precautions are regularly inspected and maintained. Our fire risk assessment is undertaken by reviewing the premises and associated construction information. Whilst our survey is non-intrusive and does not generally include testing or witnessing of building systems, the survey will cover a range of areas including:

    The active measures:

    • The automatic fire alarm
    • The interlinking between the door locks and the fire alarm
    • Handheld firefighting equipment
    • Good housekeeping
    • Continued management
    • The interaction with the building management system to close down plant upon activation of the fire alarm system
    • Door ironmongery on fire and escape doors
    • Fire suppression systems

    And the passive measures:

    • Emergency lighting installation
    • Wayfinding means of escape signage
    • Structural fire resistance
    • Surface finishes of the walls and ceiling
    • The means of escape design
    • The effectiveness of fire doors maintaining intumescent strips and cold smoke seals etc.
  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

    The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 places a duty on the ‘responsible person’ to carry out a fire risk assessment of their premises. In the workplace, this is the employer or any other person who may have control of any part of the premises e.g. the occupier or owner including landlords and tenants to ensure that the premises in which their staff or tenants occupy are safe and provide a reasonable standard of fire safety.

    The regulations are intended to cover a wide range of areas to which fire safety would apply and deal with both the fixed features, such as the integrity of a staircase and fire doors within the same etc. but also how the buildings are managed to ensure that escape routes are clear and free from obstructions, that appropriate hand-held fire-fighting equipment and suitable evacuation plans, instruction/information/training is available etc.

    The order has introduced radical and wide-ranging reforms to fire safety legislation in England and Wales. The legislative regime applies to most non-domestic properties and requires “A Responsible Person” – defined in the case of a workplace as the Employer/Landlord to the extent that the relevant part of the workplace is under their control and who must carry out a “Fire Risk Assessment” to ensure that the more detailed fire safety requirements of the Order are being met. A fire risk assessment identifies fire hazards, people at risk and measures to eliminate or reduce the risks associated with those hazards.

    In a building which is multi-tenanted the duty for fire safety of the common parts transfers onto the landlord to ensure that these areas are properly maintained and offer a satisfactory level of protection and warning in the event of fire.

    The tenanted areas become the responsibility of those individual tenants to ensure that fire safety within their premises complies with legislation.

  • Approved Document B

    Approved Document Part B, a key piece of legislation, is one of several Approved Documents that form part of the Building Regulations 2010. It deals with specific aspects of Fire Safety such as:

    • Means of warning and escape for occupants in the event if a fire
    • Eliminating or reducing internal fire spread
    • Ensuring fire compartmentation within buildings is the required standard
    • Ensuring fire separation between adjoining buildings is the required standard
    • Provision and positioning of fire safety equipment
    • Ensuring suitable access is available for the Fire Authority

    If you are undertaking commercial building work then you may need to consult with Fire Authority as part of gaining Building Control approval for your project – Our Building Control Services can provide advice on whether or not your project requires consultation and if so, can liaise with the Fire Authority on your behalf.

  • BS 9999 Fire Safety in the Design, Management and Use of Buildings, Code of Practice

    British Standard 9999 Fire Safety in the Design, Management and Use of Buildings – Code of Practice was first published in 2008, replacing much of suite of fire safety documents under the BS 5588 series. It offers a half-way house between the base standard of Approved Document B and the advance approach offered by bespoke fire engineering. The guide uses a more detailed method for establishing fire safety precautions based on assigning risk profiles, a combination of occupancy and fire growth characteristics to the building. Enhancements over the minimum required fire safety package can offer design flexibility such as extended travel distances and reduced door and stair widths.

    Our fire safety experts are experienced in reviewing buildings that have been designed and constructed in accordance with this standard.

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