International Workplace’s highly qualified team of expert fire safety consultants have years of practical experience between them on all aspects of fire safety legislation. They have advised clients in every sector of the economy, from central and local government and lower-risk charitable organisations through to high-risk construction sites and manufacturing plants.
Our fire safety consultants advise on all aspects of fire safety and conduct fire risk assessments in accordance with the PAS 79 recommended methodology and the Fire Safety Risk Assessment Guidance documents produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government. This approach provides a robust framework to ensure a consistent approach across global operations.
A site-specific report will be produced identifying the scope and methodology applied to the fire risk assessment, as well as the significant findings and any required improvements. The report includes an action plan, which will give a specific description of any discrepancies along with a risk rating and suggested timescale for implementation.
Where required we produce Fire Emergency Plans and Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPS), written and designed specifically for your buildings. Where possible we will include photos, maps and room layouts to ensure documentations are both user-friendly and easily understood.
Our services include:
- Fire risk assessment
- Fire emergency plans
- Personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPs)
- We also provide a wide range of Fire Safety training
Fire Risk Assessment – our approach
Our fire risk assessments involve a comprehensive analysis of the building’s construction, management processes and the working practices within it.
The FRA will be carried out in a practical and systematic manner and consider the Fire Safety Risk Assessment Guidance documents produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government, relevant British Standards (including BS 9999), Building Regulations (Part B) and principal pieces of health and safety legislation, i.e. the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations 2002 (DSEAR).
The assessment will incorporate the following stages:
In order to gain an understanding of the construction of the building and Passive Fire Protection (PFP) measures we would initially analyse the following, where available:
- Health and safety file / Operational and Maintenance Manuals;
- Maintenance records / reports;
- Manufacturers’ information; and
- The results of any testing records / certificates.
- Previous fire risk assessments;
- Corporate fire policy and procedures;
- Maintenance records;
- Inspection records;
- Fire related training records;
- Correspondence from an enforcing authority;
- Fire evacuation reports;
- Visitors information;
- Contractor management documents;
- Correspondence with neighbouring buildings or other tenants;
- Fire log book; and
- Fire emergency plan.
A physical inspection of the property (internal and external) will then take place. The objective will be to identify any readily combustible materials, any sources of ignition that may cause a fire, or any sources of oxygen, other than the normal levels in air, which may assist combustion. The inspection will also aim to identify any features of the building that may compromise the integrity of the building’s fire strategy. Where necessary we may need to examine the condition of the roof above the suspended ceiling and will require the use of a stepladder.
Additionally the inspection will enable us to spot any design features that may contravene good practice principles, e.g. distances of travel to place of relative safety.
We would request that we are accompanied by an office representative during this stage who could safely escort our consultant through the building. This is particularly essential where access is required into more hazardous areas, e.g. plant rooms, riser cupboards and on to the roof of the building.
During the assessment we would aim to interview key site personnel to help us identify and understand any non-routine activities and human behavioural factors. Such persons may include on-site maintenance, fire wardens, Facilities Managers and office safety representatives
A site-specific report will be prepared and presented in both a hard and electronic format. The information contained in the report will include details of the scope and methodology applied, as well as the significant findings and any improvements necessary. The report will also feature an action plan, which will include a specific description of any discrepancies, along with a risk rating and a suggested timescale for implementation.