Fire Safety – a Time for Review?Category: Health & Safety | Bryan Richards | Published on: Aug 14, 2017 | Updated: Aug 14, 2017 Read more: Health & Safety
Reaction to Grenfell
The Grenfell Tower tragedy has brought fire safety into everyone’s minds and it has caused those responsible, for almost any size of premises, to review their fire safety arrangements. We have noticed this at Arinite, with increased enquires about fire safety.
The government has launched a public enquiry into the fire, together with an independent review of England and Wales Building Regulations and fire safety legislation led by Dame Judith Black, Chair of EEF and ex-chair of the Health and Safety Executive.
Learning from such tragedies is not new. Tragedies in the past, such as the Bradford City Football Club fire (1985) and the Kings Cross Fire (1987), laid the foundations for change in UK fire safety regulations and standards. The improvement continued over the years culminating in the consolidation of fire safety legislation and introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order in 2005. Building Regulations and standards have also been reviewed and improved.
Despite these fire safety standards and regulations, this tragedy still occurred, with the loss of 80 lives, and yet it could have been avoided. We wait to see the outcome of the enquiries and reviews, but we must learn further lessons to ensure such a tragedy cannot occur again.
If you are the Responsible Person for fire safety what do you need to do?
If you are an employer, managing agent, owner or occupier of premises you will have legal duties as the Responsible Person for fire Safety. You can find more information of these duties in the Arinite blog about the Responsible Person for fire safety. In summary, you need to ensure that you have taken fire precautions appropriate to the fire risk of your building, which must be assessed by carrying out a Fire Risk Assessment.
In light of this tragedy, and the focus on fire safety, it has never been more important to ensure that your fire safety arrangements are suitable for the occupants, the building and the activities being carried out.
Have you completed a Fire Risk Assessment?
If you have not completed a fire risk assessment or you have not reviewed your existing assessment, you are not meeting your legal and moral duties. You need to ensure that your assessment is completed by a competent Fire Risk Assessor.
How Arinite can help
Arinite can carry out fire risk assessments and assist organisations in ensuring that there are systems in place to ensure effective fire safety management.
Arinite clients appreciate we provide practical, no-nonsense advice about what you need to do to establish and maintain a safe and healthy working environment. My team of health and safety consultants take pride in keeping health and safety simple.
If you need to call upon our expert assistance, or just for an informal chat, please call our office 0207 947 9581, or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.