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  • Legislation - Visual Inspections of Fire Extinguishers - Fire and Safety Centre
    Blog Service Maintenance FAQ Contact Us Login Register 0 Item s 0 00 ex VAT 0 00 inc VAT Tweet Document Holders Fireproof Filing Cabinets Fire Resistant Cabinets Fireproof Data Safes Security Cash Safes Legislation Visual Inspections of Fire Extinguishers Fire and Safety Centre The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 RRO places legally enforceable requirements on organisations where necessary to safeguard the safety of relevant persons within the premises in the event of fire The responsible person must ensure that the premises and any facilities equipment and devices provided in respect of the premises are subject to a suitable system of maintenance and are maintained in an efficient state in efficient working order and in good repair Annual Service and Maintenance should be conducted by a competent person The Responsible person is normally the owner landlord or business proprietor or a member of staff delegated with responsibility for fire safety The competent person is someone qualified by training and experience to undertake service and maintenance of fire extinguishers In addition to annual Servicing it is recommended that the Responsible person carry out visual inspections of all extinguishers and fire safety equipment on a regular basis i e at least monthly to determine if the extinguisher has been discharged or damaged BS5306 3 Code of Practice for Fire Extinguisher Service and Maintenance provides recommendations on how to conduct a visual inspection as follows a each extinguisher is correctly located in the designated place b each extinguisher is unobstructed and visible c the operating instructions of each extinguisher are clean and legible and face outwards d each extinguisher has not been operated and is not obviously damaged or has any missing parts e the reading of any pressure gauge or indicator fitted to an extinguisher is within operational and safety limits

    Original URL path: http://www.fireandsafetycentre.co.uk/Fire-Extinguisher-Advice/23/Legislation_-_Visual_Inspections_of_Fire_Extinguishers.html (2016-02-17)
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  • Legislation - Fire Risk Assessments - Fire and Safety Centre
    all non domestic premises As a broad reference this applies if you are responsible for business premises an employer or self employed with business premises responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes a charity or voluntary organisation a contractor with a degree of control over any premises providing accommodation for paying guests Businesses employing more than 5 people also have a responsibility to record the substantive findings and resulting actions identified and taken as a consequence of the Assessment This legally enforceable requirement is imposed on both the Responsible Person and or any other person deemed as having control over part of the premises Each needs to carry out their own fire risk assessment The following seeks to explain in greater detail what comprises a fire risk assessment its purpose and benefits The fire risk assessment forms a template for ongoing fire safety planning within the premises The Fire Safety Order requires adequacy in respect of the preventive and protective measures which translates to the general fire precautions means of escape emergency escape lighting signs fire warning systems fire extinguishers training of staff maintenance of equipment etc identified as necessary by the fire risk assessment The fire risk assessment arises logically from the identification of fire risk which is a combination of the fire hazard and the potential harm that can occur to people if fire occurs This is a major distinction between fire risk assessments which underpin compliance with the Fire Safety Order and fire certificates previously required under the Fire Precaution Act The requirements of the Fire Precautions Act and hence those set out in the fire certificate were intended solely to prevent harm to people if fire occurred A fire risk assessment is a more holistic process by which not only is there consideration of the measures required to protect people in the event of fire but also the measures to ensure the likelihood of a fire is minimized The Fire Safety Order requires that the fire risk assessment is suitable and sufficient How is this defined The term suitable and sufficient is not actually defined in the Fire Safety Order but following the stated provisions provides a working template Except for small companies employing less than five persons there is a requirement for the significant findings of the assessment to be documented This should include everything that the fire risk assessor has taken into account in making his assessment for example the nature and size of the premises the processes carried out the hazards present the people at risk the fire protection measures and the management systems and procedures for fire safety It is also a specific requirement that people especially at risk are recorded this will include disabled people young persons possibly those who sleep on the premises etc Having established this background information the fire hazards ignition sources and situations and processes that could cause a fire need to be identified the appropriate counter measures

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  • Legislation - Fire Safety Management - Fire and Safety Centre
    general duty to manage fire safety properly while Fire Inspection Officers in Policing the legislation will also consider the standard of fire safety management along with the physical precautions As a guide the key components in managing fire safety in any building to comply with the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order comprise A documented and periodically reviewed fire risk assessment this is mandatory if you employ 5 or more staff A documented fire safety manual setting out the buildings fire precautions service and maintenance records equipment records fire drills training etc this is mandatory if you employ 5 or more staff A clearly defined responsibility for fire safety The Responsible Person s In house or external expertise in achieving compliance with legislation and fire protection policies Suitable fire procedures including arrangements for the evacuation of disabled people if relevant Training of staff and additional training for those with defined responsibility for fire safety Properly conducted fire drills Regular in house fire safety inspections Formal arrangements for periodic inspection testing and maintenance of fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment Inspection testing and maintenance of plant and equipment e g electrical installations Other issues for Safety Managers relate to specific work environments and are aimed primarily at fire prevention typically Maintain close supervision over the activities of outside contractors temporary workers particularly if they are engaged in Hot Work Implement additional safety procedures during hazardous activities such as hot work Liaison and pre planning with the operational personnel of the fire and rescue service as part of the emergency planning Make sure everyone knows how to raise the alarm and call the emergency services Check any construction material alterations with the building control body Good standards of fire prevention including security against arson Good standards of house keeping to avoid the

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  • Compliance: BS 5306:3 2009 - Fire and Safety Centre
    2009 Fire and Safety Centre BS5306 3 2009 is a British Standard Code of Practice that gives detailed recommendations on current best practice for the commissioning installation service and maintenance of fire extinguishers Unlike the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 RRO BS 5306 3 2009 is not a mandatory or Statutary legal instrument however most professional Service and Maintenance companies operate to this Code of Practice and issue Certificates of Compliance to BS 5306 3 2009 for the work done Initial Service Commissioning of Extinguishers If you are a business and elect to operate your Fire Safety Management System in compliance with BS5306 3 2009 you should note this Code of Practice recommends that new fire extinguishers should be subjected to an Initial Service Commissioning on site and immediately prior to installation A competent person for example your Fire Safety Officer or a Service Maintenance Contractor formally trained or experienced in Fire Extinguisher Maintenance should undertake this work A record of the Service including the due date of the next Service normally 12 months hence should be made in your Fire Log Book and or on a Maintenance Label affixed to the Fire Extinguisher Irrespective of whether you opt for compliance with BS5306 3 2009 if your Business employs 5 or more people you have a legal responsibility under the RRO to maintain a record of your fire safety procedures equipment and service schedules to demonstrate all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure the equipment is effective and in efficient working condition Service Intervals BS 5306 3 2009 includes detailed guidelines on recommended Service intervals for different types of fire extinguisher For commonly used extinguishers the normal recommended interval between services is 12 months After 5 years 10yrs for CO2 an Extended Service that may include a test

    Original URL path: http://www.fireandsafetycentre.co.uk/Fire-Extinguisher-Advice/26/Compliance_BS_53063_2009.html (2016-02-17)
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  • Compliance: BS 8599 First Aid Kits - Fire and Safety Centre
    Other Safety Products Fire Brigade Equipment Fire Safety Signs and Notices Personal Protection Equipment and Clothing Fire Log Books and Safety Manuals Emergency Evacuation Devices Spill Control Products Winter Safety Products Water Mist Information About Us Advice Blog Service Maintenance FAQ Contact Us Login Register 0 Item s 0 00 ex VAT 0 00 inc VAT Tweet Document Holders Fireproof Filing Cabinets Fire Resistant Cabinets Fireproof Data Safes Security Cash Safes Compliance BS 8599 First Aid Kits Fire and Safety Centre A new British Standard BS 8599 has been introduced to meet the changing risks experienced in the modern workplace The British Standard BS 8599 became effective on 30th July 2011 The new British Standard replaces the old British Healthcare Trade Association BHTA Health and Safety Executive HSE 10 20 and 50 person first aid kits which are to be phased out by 31st December 2011 The Health and Safety Executive have worked on the development of BS 8599 but they are not making the new BS 8599 first aid kits mandatory Employers should consider the risks they need to cover when considering their first aid provisions and ensure that the contents of their first aid kits covers the risks

    Original URL path: http://www.fireandsafetycentre.co.uk/Fire-Extinguisher-Advice/32/Compliance_BS_8599_First_Aid_Kits.html (2016-02-17)
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  • LPCB Approval - Fire and Safety Centre
    Reels Fire Buckets Fire Alarms Detectors Escape Ladders First Aid Products Fireproof Storage Other Safety Products Fire Brigade Equipment Fire Safety Signs and Notices Personal Protection Equipment and Clothing Fire Log Books and Safety Manuals Emergency Evacuation Devices Spill Control Products Winter Safety Products Water Mist Information About Us Advice Blog Service Maintenance FAQ Contact Us Login Register 0 Item s 0 00 ex VAT 0 00 inc VAT Tweet Document Holders Fireproof Filing Cabinets Fire Resistant Cabinets Fireproof Data Safes Security Cash Safes LPCB Approval Fire and Safety Centre The Loss Prevention Certification Board LPCB is the leading international Certification Body in the fields of security and fire protection LPCB approval is recognised by governments and regulatory authorities across the world especially in the Asia Pacific Middle East and Europe The LPCB approval process involves assessment and testing of products to ensure that they meet quality standards set by a team of experts who may be regulators insurers designers manufacturers installers engineers and scientists Approval of products is usually based on testing undertaken by the LPCB s world renowned testing laboratories This approval is maintained by regular audits to ensure that the product continues to meet the approval criteria Once LPCB are satisfied that a product service or company meets the necessary standards they issue a certificate and list them in the Red Book which is available free of charge to specifiers and other users throughout the world When the LPCB first started issuing approvals they were often based on their own Loss Prevention Standards Over the years many of these have been incorporated into other British European and International Standards At its simplest the LPCB approval process uses existing standards as the basis for listing However where no standards exist they can still approve innovative products by drawing

    Original URL path: http://www.fireandsafetycentre.co.uk/Fire-Extinguisher-Advice/33/LPCB_Approval.html (2016-02-17)
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  • Evacuation Chair Legislation
    possible choice for effective compliance with that legislation The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 gives a responsible person a duty in law to provide a means of evacuation for people who are less mobile This could mean for example that they re a wheelchair user that they have a temporary condition such as a broken leg have suffered a heart attack or even be pregnant Article 4 1 b of the order explains the responsibility in more detail and Article 4 1 c explains that the means of escape must be available for use safely and effectively for anyone in the building The order requires that everyone should know what to do in the event of a fire It also means that a PEEP or Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan should be developed for every individual who might have special needs when it comes to evacuation from the building Refuge areas It is also advisable to arrange for refuge areas in which people with impaired mobility can remain safe whilst evacuation is arranged which is the responsibility of the responsible person and not of the Fire and Rescue Services A refuge area needs to be an enclosed area of fire resisting construction capable of 30 minutes fire resistance large enough for a wheelchair to manoeuvre served by a safe exit route These areas also represent a sensible place in which to store an evac chair since that s where it is likely to be required Furthermore when the decision has been taken to provide at least one evac chair Article 21 of the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 gives a duty to instruct staff in its safe use Disability Legislation Those considering avoiding purchase of an evac chair by restricting access to parts of a building to disabled people

    Original URL path: http://www.fireandsafetycentre.co.uk/Fire-Extinguisher-Advice/34/Evacuation_Chair_Legislation.html (2016-02-17)
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  • Fire Marshall Duties
    that doesn t do anything that might compromise it Letting combustible waste accumulate blocking fore exits and illicit smoking could all cause disaster or even loss of life Like safety and quality everyone ultimately shares the responsibility for fire safety The role of every building s Fire Marshall also known as a Fire Warden falls into two discrete areas one for day to day work the other for incidents Let s call them Routine and Emergency In every task the senior people in the organisation should provide every support to the nominated Fire Marshall and make it plain that appointees have authority to act These roles should not be delegated and forgotten about by people at senior levels they are too important for that Routine tasks Regularly check that fire exits and escape routes are not blocked This includes opening fire doors to make sure there are no obstructions outside Check the fire extinguishers haven t been moved and that their servicing is up to date Make sure nothing is covering any break glass emergency alarm points Make sure storage is controlled particularly where combustible material is involved Never put combustible material where there is a fixed source of ignition Make sure all electrical equipment is PAT tested and that testing is up to date Guard against the accumulation of rubbish Regularly check that emergency lighting is working inside and outside the building Establish a system for issuing hotwork permits were necessary and see that it is adhered to Check fire and disaster alarms weekly Make sure all new employees have the correct induction so they know the fire safety procedures and where to go in the event of a live alarm This should be done on an ad hoc basis for new starters Arrange annual fire drills Nominate Fire

    Original URL path: http://www.fireandsafetycentre.co.uk/Fire-Extinguisher-Advice/39/Fire_Marshall_Duties.html (2016-02-17)
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