Only a “Competent Person‘ should carry out Fire Risk Assessment.
A competent assessor may be defined as one who has “sufficient training, experience, knowledge, and other qualities “properly to perform their function of conducting a fire risk assessment.”
Obviously this varies according to the nature of the fire risk assessment. On the one hand, a one room single storey fruit and vegetable shop may quite easily fall within the fire risk assessment competence of the owner with no special fire safety competence. On the other hand a complex office building, factory, university, hotel or hospital will probably require the fire risk assessment competence of a fire safety specialist. It is up to the “Responsible Person” or individual concerned to establish if they have the competence to carry out an adequate fire risk assessment.
In order to conduct an adequate fire risk assessment the following should be recorded by a competent Fire Risk Assessor.
Hospital fire safety and hospital fire precautions are covered by Firecode & Health Technical Memoranda known as HTM.s
HTM 05 series cover fire risk assessment in hospitals, fire precautions in new hospitals, fire precautions in existing hospitals,
Hospital fire safety is covered each year when the hospital Chief Executive signs a document to state that :-
- The risk to patients, visitors and employee’s arising from the risk of fire, is being effectively managed ;
- Procedures are in place to ensure continuing fire safety management
any UK NHS Trusts, LHB.s and PCT.s have well qualified fire safety officers in each of their hospitals to carry out the day to day Fire Safety Training and when time permits Fire Risk Assessments.
Many rely on one Fire Safety Officer to deal with all their hospitals.
More and more are buying in their Fire Safety Consultancy on an “as required” basis and sub-contracting the day to day hospital fire safety training for the whole year in order to release their in-house staff to carry out the hospital fire risk assessments.
All the above have merit and it goes without saying that Fire Service International Ltd has a vested interest in the latter or in assisting any Trust which needs to strengthen its team for a specific hospital fire safety purpose.
It may be that in-house staff are fully committed on training and have little time to carry out in depth Fire Risk Assessments or vice versa and require the services of our competent Fire Risk Assessors and Fire Safety Trainers.
It may simply be that an outside or second opinion is required to support in-house recommendations to the Board.
In any event Fire Service International Ltd will be pleased to assist.
Fire Safety in nursing homes.
“Service Users” deserve the highest standards of fire safety care Employees deserve the best quality fire safety training. Owners deserve the most cost effective safest fire safety solutions. Fire Service International Ltd can provide the highest standards of fire safety care, the best quality fire safety training and above all cost effective safe fire safety solutions.
Many of the good fire safety practices applicable in hospitals apply equally to nursing homes and residential care homes. Fire risk assessments and site specific staff fire safety training must be carried out.
University Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Safety in Colleges & Fire Prevention in schools
Six fire risk assessment and fire safety steps for university fire safety and fire prevention in further education establishments including fire safety in colleges and fire safety in schools which will show an immediate fire safety return on capital employed. Ensure:
- All fire doors are fully effective and self-closing;
- Fire compartments are fire-stopped with no breaches in walls/floors/ceilings;
- All fire escape routes are kept clear at all times;
- All fire escape routes have clear signs;
- All fire alarms are tested weekly;
- Call Fire Service International Ltd for a helping hand.
In the field of school fire prevention, university fire safety and fire safety in further education, Chancellors, Deans, Estates Managers and Health & Safety Directors face a myriad of fire safety regulations.
The very nature of a university, a college of further education or a school covers all the areas of fire safety from the Refectory to the Halls of Residence, from the Lecture room to the Office, from the students’ shops to the workshops most fire safety rules and regulations can apply in the field of education.