Fire Risk Management
HAPS have carried out numerous fire surveys and audits specifically on healthcare and listed buildings to ensure full protection of the occupiers, visitors and the building.
Our services range from full Fire Strategy reviews and design to annual Fire Risk Assessments, with the team headed by Phil Barry B.Sc. M.I.Fire. E
Phil is a well respected fire safety professional who has over 35 years experience in fire safety matters including advising clients and training enforcing authorities in all aspects of Building Regulations and Fire Safety Law.
He worked for over 20 years in the Fire and Rescue Service and10 years as a senior instructor in fire safety at the UK Fire Service College in Gloucestershire developing and delivering the highest standard of training. He continues to act as an associate tutor for both The Fire Service College & The Fire Protection Association and is a technical consultant for The Fire Protection Association carrying out fire risk assessments and fire safety related projects on their behalf.
Some notable projects that the team have been instructed on include: Numerous PFI and Trust NHS Hospitals, London City Airport, Coventry Local Authority Housing, Milton Keynes Local Authority Housing, HM Passport Office London, HM Treasury Whitehall London and abroad Qatar electric sub-stations, Dubai shopping malls.
The scope of the works set out below is an example of what HAPS’ Chartered Fire Engineers can undertake for clients to ensure compliance which is aligned with PAS 79 as Approved by The Chief Fire Officers Association and Fire Rescue Authorities.
If the guidance and process (below) is followed the risk to occupiers and visitors to buildings is significantly reduced and any risks identified can then be managed to ensure full compliance.
Section A: General Information
Description and undertaking, Dimensions, Demographics
Section B: Fire Hazards and Ignition Sources
Storage & Housekeeping, Cleaning – degreasing, Waste management, Compressed Gas Cylinders, Electrical installations and appliances
No-Smoking policy, Hazardous Materials – COSHH, Cooking facilities, Heating facilities, Hospital processes
Section C: Means of Escape & Compartmentation
Fire Doors & Cross Corridor Doors, Escape routes, Final exit doors, Electronic locks on doors, Alternative routes, Travel distances
Compartment walls & floors, Sub-Compartment walls, Hidden cavities, risers, & roof voids, Facilities for disabled persons
Section D: Fire Dampers & Ventilation systems
Scope of Ventilation ducting, Fire Dampers, Test frequency and procedures, Schedules and Certificates, Alignment of fire dampers
Section E: Emergency Escape Lighting
Scope of Emergency Lighting system, Test frequency and procedures, Schedules and Certificates, Compliance coverage
Section F: Signs and Notices
Adequacy of existing fire signage
Section G: Fire Alarm and Fire Warning Arrangements
Scope of Fire Alarm & Detection System, Test frequency and procedures, Schedules and Certificates, Compliance coverage
Section H: Fixed and Portable Fire Extinguishing Equipment
Sprinklers, Dry Risers, Portable extinguishers, Hose reels, Gaseous Pressure systems
Section I: Management of Fire Safety
Record keeping, Staff fire training, Fire Strategy, Fire Evacuation Plan, Progressive Positive Horizontal Evacuation
Section J: Access for Fire Fighting and Fire Fighter Safety
Fire Lifts & Fire Shafts, Access & Facilities for Emergency Services, Hydrants & water supplies
Section K: Schedule of Responsibilities
Section L: Assessing the Risk
Section M: Action Plan
Section N: Photographs
Section O: Summary & Consultants overview