Fire is one of the most significant dangers that we may ever have to face in the workplace, and hopefully very few of us will ever have to experience it. One of the main reasons that in 2020 we, fortunately, face relatively few incidents of fire, is through diligent fire safety planning and risk assessment.
In the past, buildings were required to be certificated to ensure compliance against fire regulation. However this changed with the introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005, which played a pivotal role in the U.K in providing a comprehensive approach to fire safety legislation, and a prominent inclusion of this regards Fire Risk Assessments.
Fire Risk Assessment in London is typically performed by accredited assessors. Assessors are qualified professionals who have experience in managing and assessing fire hazards. Fire Risk Assessment in London is a systematic process that involves the detailed study of a building and its operation. Checklists are completed, identifying potential fire hazards, evaluating risks, and providing solutions to avoid, or reduce those risks. Valuable information is collected regarding the locality, the premises, the buildings’ features, those who might be at risk, and the operating status of prevalent fire fighting facilities currently in place, such as smoke detectors, fire alarms, emergency lighting, exit routes, fire resistance of doors, any possible ignition sources, storage of combustibles, etc. Fire Risk Assessment in London should be periodically reviewed and an assessment made every three years.
Since the risk of fire cannot ever be entirely eliminated, Fire Engineering and Fire Training are equally important components of fire safety strategy. Fire Engineering is a branch of engineering that utilises incorporation of fire fighting mechanisms in the planning and designing phase of a building. Fire Engineering is a vital practice as fire concerns can be highlighted at a very early stage. Buildings can then be designed with the inclusion of space barriers, fire detection systems, fire suppression mechanisms etc. Fire Engineering professionals are involved in the forensic investigation of fire incidents, learning all that they can to help design better buildings in the future.
Fire Training is therefore essential for all. There are various registered agencies providing Fire Training, and most organisations need to provide their employees with at least a basic level of Fire Training so they are aware of good practise, and what to do in the event of a fire. Fire drills should be regularly conducted to monitor the effectiveness of the procedures that are currently in place.