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November 2016

Fire risk assessment advice – Multi-tenanted buildings must share significant findings

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Fire risk assessment advice – Multi-tenanted buildings need to share significant findingsfire risk assessment advice

We were recently asked to provide fire risk assessment advice  for a London client. The client had moved to a new building where a number of floors were being upgraded.

Our clients had previously had good fire records, had regular fire training and also had clear desk policy. They had also started to provide new records in their new building. We carried out a fire risk assessment for the client. The significant findings were fairly minimal within their workspace.

The rest of the building was occupied by three other groups. The building was also having major building works. The builders were using a fire escape route at one end of the building so they could get to access the floors they were working on. We found a number of issues that needed to be corrected. These included: fire stopping of service riser areas and also keeping the escape route clear. These issues were shared with all tenants of the building so managers could prepare fire emergency plans.

In addition, it is a legal duty to share findings of fire assessments. Fire emergency plans must also be shared between responsible other managers

For more fire risk assessment advice

For more fire risk assessment advice you can either call or email our team. In addition, you will find more points in our frequently asked questions section. Lastly, you can also access government booklets by typing fire safety guidance (plus your workplace) into a search engine.

Click this link to go to our homepage with more fire safety information.

How to book a visit from us

Booking a fire risk assessment is so easy. Either call us or email us with your details. We will ask you for more info about your premises and then give you a quote. Our team will visit your site and prepare a report within 10 working days.

 

London Fire Brigade fire risk assessment review guidance

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London Fire Brigade fire risk assessment review guidanceLondon Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade offers guidance for managers on how often and also when to review fire risk assessments. This advice can be found on the above link and also by calling fire safety officers.

So how often should a fire risk assessment be reviewed? The LFB guidance note offers four examples of when a review should take place:

  • When a new work process introduces new or more fuel or also ignition sources
  • An increase in the number of staff may mean the fire exit is too small for the number of persons escaping
  • Changes to the furniture layout and also new partition walls which may obscure  staff from seeing a fire, fire exit and/or also affecting them from escaping in time
  • The use of another floor meaning that a fire alarm has to be installed or upgraded

There are also other reasons to review a fire risk assessment. These include fewer persons in a workplace, new or additional disabled persons using or working in the building,  portable heating being used when boilers or heating is broken and also the change of a use of room (ie office is now an IT training room).

The assessment should also be reviewed regularly.  Smaller changes may add up and therefore increase risk in the building.

London Fire Brigade fire safety advice

Click this link to go straight to LFB fire safety advice page.

Alternative fire safety review methods

Some managers may not feel confident to carry out a fire risk assessment review so why not appoint a professional? Our team carries out fire risk assessments and also reviews for many companies. We can either carry out a brand new assessment inspection or just review any new process, staff numbers and also any changes.

For more details either call us or email us and we try to help you. We also give free advice over the phone so do call if you have any concerns.