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High-Risk Buildings (HRB) – a Fire Strategy will be essential!

On 1 October 2023, the Building Safety Regulator (BSR) became the Building Control Authority for all higher-risk buildings (HRBs) in England.

If you’re planning any projects on higher-risk buildings in England, you need building control approval from the BSR before any building work can commence.

What is a Higher-Risk Building (HRB)?

Classified on gov website:
During the design and construction phases, a higher-risk building has at least 7 storeys or is at least 18 metres in height and either:

  • is a hospital or care home
  • has at least 2 residential units

Documents you need to prepare 

As part of your building control application, it is required that you gather and maintain the following fire safety documents. These fire safety documents are essential and must be kept current throughout the construction process, as they constitute a portion of the necessary records you are obligated to maintain.

The fire and emergency file outlines the premises on which the building’s management and maintenance strategies are based, particularly once it is operational. This document must address the mitigation of fire spread and the prevention of structural failure from the outset of construction. It is required to encompass:

  • The foundational assumptions guiding the design and intended use of the building, which should be both realistic and thoroughly vetted, accompanied by a well-founded explanation.
  • The measures that responsible individuals must implement to guarantee a safe evacuation process.
  • Provisions for enabling fire and rescue services to access the site, building, and water sources essential for firefighting efforts.
  • A comprehensive fire strategy that details the methods for adhering to the functional requirements A3 and B1 to B5 outlined in Schedule 1 of the building regulations.

Global Technical Service (GTS) – Fire Strategies

Our team of experts work hard to ensure that all Fire Strategies carried out by GTS are to the highest standard and are as meticulous as possible, outlining every detail.

GTS can provide:

  • Fire strategy production and review for any client in line with the RIBA stages.
  • Support at a qualitative design review
  • Fire Safety Management Plans to BS9997
  • Cladding investigations for residential high rise building in preparation for a EWS1 form to be issued and signed by a charted RIBA member
  • Fire Engineered design and review for solutions that do not fall in line with ADB (BS 9999, BS 9991 and bespoke fire engineered solutions)
  • EWS1 surveys and Fire Risk assessments for residential and non-residential building
  • Fire Strategy Drawings and Compartmentation Drawings
  • Provide advice to clients for pre-consultation meetings with building control or other local authorities to meet the designer’s vision

Do it Right First Time Contact us today to find out more or get a free quote for a fire strategy

Class O Conundrum Continued

Two hours of CPD points are available. Presented by Ian Abley

Webinar Date: 15 February 2024

The Class O Conundrum; Class 0 was said to be the highest national performance classification for construction materials and products, such as in external walls, until the fatal fire of Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. Despite a warning about the potential combustibility of Class 0 “cladding” products from the Select Committee to the Ministry publishing statutory guidance after Garnock Court fire on 11 June 1999.

Class 0 was defined in the statutory guidance of Approved Document Part B and not in any British Standard. When Grenfell Tower Inquiry finally reports by June 2024 it will be seven years since 72 deaths. That was an unnecessary and high price for British society to discover that Class 0 could in fact be achieved by composite products with highly combustible cores.

This webinar explains the Class 0 Conundrum using the evidence in a continuing process of disclosure, which led to Inquiry publication in 2022 of the Research on the Approved Document And Revision (RADAR) project, undertaken with construction industry partners in 2000.

How do I register for free tickets?

Webinar Date: 15 February 2024 @ 15:30pm

Email hedley.thompson@rockwool.com or DM on LinkedIn with your email address.

Global Group Management Update

Global Group Management Update

We proudly announce the appointment and promotion of three accomplished professionals to key directorial roles. These strategic moves reflect the company’s commitment to its ambitious growth plans and unwavering dedication to advancing fire safety solutions on a national scale.

As Global continues to expand its footprint and establish its trusted and highly qualified status in the fire safety industry, these senior appointments are pivotal in ensuring the company’s sustained growth and success.

Jonathan Harwood, Director of Commercial and Operations Global HSE:

Jonathan has been with the business for over 4 years, heading up the Group’s passive fire division, however, in this newly created role, Jonathan will be responsible for overseeing and optimising Global HSE commercial operations, whilst helping to drive the passive side of the business forward. With a wealth of experience in passive fire, Jonathan brings a unique skill set and a proven track record of driving operational excellence.

Ross O’Loughlin, Director, Head of GTS:

Elevating Ross to this critical role underscores Global’s commitment to innovation and cutting-edge solutions. Ross will continue to lead GTS but take on a more strategic role in pioneering new technologies and advancing the company’s product offerings to meet the ever-evolving demands of the fire safety landscape and fast-paced developments in legislation.

Ian Jordan,  Financial Director, Global Group:

Recognising the pivotal role of effective financial management, Ian assumes leadership of Global’s Financial and HR division. Ian will play a key role in shaping and amplifying the company’s commercial objectives as it continues to make strides in fire safety.

These appointments not only bring a wealth of expertise and leadership to the Global HSE Group but also reinforce the commitment to delivering cutting-edge fire safety solutions worldwide.

Andrew Cooper, MD, expressed confidence in the newly appointed directors, stating, “I’m delighted to have such a formidable leadership team on board as we move forward. I believe their combined expertise will be instrumental in propelling Global to new heights as we embark on this exciting phase of expansion and innovation. I’m looking forward to us all working collaboratively to realise the company’s overall objective of establishing Global as the obvious fire safety partner of choice for any organisation wishing to take fire safety seriously, working with Global to ensure their buildings are safe and compliant for all who use them.”

The whole team at Global are excited about the future as we remain dedicated to making all buildings we interact with safer through innovative and compliant fire safety solutions.

ISO 45001

GTS has been awarded ISO 45001:2018 certification!

ISO 45001:2018 is an international standard that specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system. Published by the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO), this standard provides a framework for organizations to effectively manage and improve their occupational health and safety performance.

The ISO 45001 standard is designed to help organizations of all sizes and industries create a safe and healthy work environment for their employees, contractors, and other stakeholders. It aims to reduce the risk of work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities by promoting a systematic approach to identifying and managing OH&S hazards and risks.

Key features of ISO 45001:2018:

Risk Management: The standard emphasizes identifying potential hazards and assessing risks in the workplace. Organizations are required to establish processes for assessing and addressing these risks.

Leadership and Commitment: Leadership involvement and commitment to OH&S are crucial. The standard encourages top management to demonstrate active engagement in creating a safety culture.

Employee Involvement: Employees are key stakeholders in the OH&S management system. ISO 45001 encourages organizations to involve employees in decision-making and hazard identification.

Continuous Improvement: The standard promotes a culture of continuous improvement by setting up mechanisms to monitor and evaluate OH&S performance and take corrective actions when necessary.

Legal Compliance: Organizations must ensure compliance with relevant OH&S laws and regulations.

Documentation and Communication: ISO 45001 requires organizations to establish clear documentation and communication processes related to OH&S policies, procedures, and performance.

Andrew Cooper, Managing Director at Global said:

“I am pleased that the Company has achieved ISO 45001 certification. It underpins our commitment to our employees, stakeholders, and customers by continuously evaluating and improving our safety processes to ensure we maintain the highest standards.

ISO 45001 certification means that our customers can have full confidence in the way their projects will be approached and managed, and our staff can see we are focused on maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. It also aligns with our other key standards such as our ISO 9001 and AS9100 Quality Management System approvals.”