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 HospitalsLondon 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

Introduction

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

Compliance coverage

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