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Fire Risk Assessments – UK

Fire Engineering

Type 1-4 Fire Risk Assessments


GTS can help your business to fully understand the general principles of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. At Global we ensure suitable and sufficient fire risk assessments are carried out and identify any possible hazards and risks. Following this we will make specific and practical recommendations to support you in reaching fire safety and legal compliance.

Global aim to give your organisation peace of mind that your property has a compliant Fire Risk Assessment in place. The Fire Risk Assessment team at Global consists of a dedicated team of individuals, all highly skilled, qualified and competent in conducting FRAs. All our assessors are regularly audited as part of the BAFE SP 205 Scheme to ensure competency.

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On-Site Fire Scrutineer

Experienced Fire Risk Assessment Team

Accredited under the BAFE SP205 scheme, which covers Life Safety Fire Risk Assessments.

All of our fire assessments are completed in line with BSI PAS79 standard – a methodology for assessing Fire Risk developed by the British Standards Institution. Our reports are available in both digital and print copy. For multi-site clients, we offer an online portal that allows you to access all your risk assessments, track and manage outstanding actions across your property portfolio.

FAQs

What is a Fire Risk Assessment?

A fire risk assessment is a detailed inspection of a premise, looking at potential risks and improving the fire safety precautions. You must keep a written record of your fire risk assessment. A necessary legal requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Is it a legal requirement to have a Fire Risk Assessment?

Do I need a fire risk assessment?  If you are responsible for a building, for example an employer, owner or occupier of premises that aren’t a single private dwelling, you need to contact us to get an FRA.

What are the 5 steps of a Fire Risk Assessment?

GTS will identify what you need to do to prevent fire and keep people safe through a fire risk assessment.

  • Identify the fire hazards.
  • Identify people at risk.
  • Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks.
  • Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training.
  • Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly.
How often are Fire Risk Assessments required?

Following government guidelines, the responsible person must carry out and regularly review a fire risk assessment of the premises.

Low-rise blocks of up to three storeys above ground, built in the last 20 years, fire risk assessments should be:

  • reviewed every 2 years
  • redone every 4 years

For blocks with higher risks, or those more than 3 storeys high:

  • reviewed every year
  • redone every 3 years
Matt Gorfin
Matt Gorfin

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Matt uses his extensive 24 year background in the Fire Service for the RAF and working with high-profile projects for local authorities heading up our team
conducting extensive Fire Risk Assessments and producing bespoke solutions for our clients’ projects.

Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs)

FRAs are a vital step in producing a quality fire safety policy in your building. They are essentially a scheduled investigation of your premises and is carried out to identify all fire risks and hazards, considering the existing fire safety measures and controls in place.

The aim is to ensure you have the right fire safety equipment installed in the right places, to protect your employees and your building.

Type 1 – Common Parts Only (Non-Destructive)

A Type 1 fire risk assessment is the basic fire risk assessment required for the purpose of satisfying the Fire Safety Order (FSO).

This inspection of the building is non-destructive. It requires considering the arrangements made for a means of escape as well as an examination of at least a few of the entrance doors to flats. It requires taking into consideration any construction made to separate the flats from the common parts, as far as practicable reasonably, without any need for the opening of any construction. In this mode of fire assessment, there is no need to enter the flats beyond the entrance.

Type 2 – Common Parts Only (Destructive)

The risk assessments in a Type 2 inspection needs to examine the same areas as those inspected in a Type 1 assessment, but here some samples are chosen for destructive inspection. It might require the opening up of the construction and for making any repairs that are needed after the inspection is completed.

To check the integrity of separating construction through destructive inspection you will need a sample of flats. As this work is of a destructive nature, it is better if the testing is carried out in flats that are vacant.

Type 3 – Common Parts and Flats (Non-Destructive)

A Type 3 assessment requires the same work as in a Type 1 assessment but exceeds the scope of the FSO, though it must not in any way contravene the Housing Act. In this assessment of fire risk, the arrangements for fire detection (smoke alarms) and the means of escape must be inspected in a sample of flats.

Inside the flats the assessment is non-destructive, but it is essential that the fire resistance of doors leading to rooms be considered. Fire prevention measures are not considered if they are within the control of the landlord or responsible person, though heating and electrical installations maintenance may be looked at.

Type 4 – Common Parts and Flats (Destructive)
Type 4 assessment is the same as Type 3 assessment in scope, other than that it will allow for destructive inspection and testing in both flats and common parts carried out in some sample areas and flats that are selected.

Fire safety is our whole business

The team is assembled of individuals from diverse backgrounds including fire safety, building engineering, façade engineering firefighting, military, and infrastructure design and build.

Our expert team can provide a breadth of fire engineering knowledge to any project, spanning the built environment and housing sectors.

Offering bespoke fire engineered solutions that cover all aspects of fire safety, ranging from non-standard construction details to buildings that step away from traditional guidance.