Fire Risk Assessment

The requirement for a fire risk assessment or fire risk assessment review is cited in The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and several other published documents; some of which are available for download below and are a useful source of information.  Our experienced and qualified team carry out Fire Risk Assessments across a range of property types in the built environment and at new build timber frame construction sites, DSEAR/ATEX sites, NHS medical centres and landlord owned commercial and residential properties as well as factory and warehouse facilities around the UK.

We are often called to warm and cold fire scenes and meet with fire & rescue teams, forensic investigators, fire engineers, structural engineers and M & E engineers, demolition and construction contractors to plan a strategy for making safe and reinstatement; but on every job we ensure that the safety of the staff and workforce, and integrity of the property is not further compromised by losing focus on the fundamentals of fire prevention and fire spread in these often challenging and complex circumstances and subsequently produce Fire Evacuation Plans and Fire Risk Assessments, which are continually updated to reflect the condition and exposure of a property during partial demolition and strip-out,  when it is at its most vulnerable.

Statistically most fires start from an electrical source or fault and as one of our fire risk assessors is also a qualified electrical technician, we particularly focus on the condition of the incoming main, intake head and associated distribution boards and electrical equipment on the premises, adopting best practice standards cited in BS7671:2018 and using infra-red technology to find hot spots, which could indicate damaged wiring, overloaded circuits or breakdown of insulation for example.  See our Electrical Safety Management page for more comprehensive information and advice.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 – Regulations 29 32

The Fire Prevention on Construction Sites Joint Code of Practice 9th Edition October 2015

The Structural Timber Associations 16 Steps to Fire Safety

HM Government Fire Safety in the Workplace

HSE Fire Safety Guidelines for Construction Sites (HSG168)

Approved Document B – Fire Safety

BS 9999: 2008 – Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings

Building Regulations 2010 – Regulation 38 Fire safety information

PAS 79: 2012 Fire Risk Assessment.  Guidance and a recommended methodology

BRE 135 – Fire performance of external thermal insulation for walls of multi-storey buildings: (BR 135) Third edition

BS7974:2019 Application of fire safety engineering principles to the design of buildings – Code of practice