Fire Safety

Fire Risk Management

Each year over 40,000 fires occur in non-domestic buildings and over 69,000 fires in dwelling premises resulting in over 600 tragic deaths. Millions are lost from damage to property, loss of business, fines, compensation claims and increased insurance premiums.

Read more about the legislation and what duties you have as an organisation

HBE provides a wide range of Fire Risk Management services including:

  • Fire Risk Assessments / Fire Safety Audits
  • Specialist Fire Risk Consultancy Services
  • Fire Safety Training Courses
  • Fire Protection Services

Our Fire Risk Assessors are competent as defined within the legislative interpretation, in terms of training, qualifications, knowledge and experience. We are members of the Institution of Fire Engineers and the Institute of Fire Prevention Officers (IFPO).

Fire Risk Assessments & Fire Safety Audits

Our Fire Risk Assessment / Fire Safety Audits has been developed in conjunction with PAS79 and related British Standards. It is designed to minimise the risk to life and covers the following fire safety issues including a comprehensive & detailed written document covering the:

  • Identification of combustible loading
  • Identification of ignition sources
  • Identification of oxygen sources
  • Means of escape
  • Fire detection and communication
  • Fire fighting equipment
  • Structural precautions
  • Fire prevention and management including provision of relevant instruction and training
  • Fire service access
  • Maintaining relevant records
  • Recommendations, as necessary, to achieve satisfactory fire safety standards

In summary, anyone who has control to any extent of any premises has a duty to ensure that those using or occupying the premises are safe from harm caused by fire. This is achieved by carrying out a suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment/ Fire Safety Audit on their property and implementing the findings. This must be conducted by a competent person and be reviewed on a regular basis or when change occurs.

Businesses should understand that in addition to an initial assessment, the Responsible Person (s) must provide an effective on-going management of the fire safety process to minimise the risk to life and with the associated benefits of avoiding huge financial costs through the loss of the premises and/or litigation.

The Fire Service has powers to enforce the Regulations, through the issue of notices and by criminal prosecution, which if successful would result in a fine, imprisonment or both.

Specialist Fire Consultancy Services

HBE can also provide consultancy and specialist advice on the following:

Means of Escape and Fire Evacuation Planning

Fire precaution legislation requires all employers to establish appropriate fire evacuation procedures and to carry out fire drills. With extensive experience in preparing evacuation strategies, we offer services in the following areas:

  • evacuation planning for small premises
  • planning / procedure policies with training workshops for larger premises
  • evacuation of disabled people and the use of fire evacuation lifts

Pre-building control submissions

HBE can assess the plans of a building scheme prior to submission and, in liaison with Building Control if necessary, can give assurance that the identified fire precautions will receive approval from Building Control thus allowing the scheme to proceed prior to receipt of approval.

Regulatory Liaison Service

In the event of difficulties with the regulatory authorities e.g. for example when a Notice has been issued by the Fire service or liaison is required with Building Control, the Fire and Rescue Service, Entertainments License Authority, Environmental Health or Health & Safety Authorities such as the HSE/HSA, regarding details of a proposed building scheme, it is often essential to have an experienced third party involved to assess the proposals and recommend an appropriate way forward.

Assessment of the effect of building or renovation works on an existing building

Any building programme in an existing building will have implications on the fire safety of the occupants of the building while the works are on-going. It is a legal requirement that the fire risk to occupants of a building is assessed and kept under review. This is particularly important during building or renovation works which are likely to affect the fire safety provisions in a building e.g. fire alarms, means of escape, fire risk etc. during the works.

HBE can assess the fire risk to occupants of the building and make recommendations on appropriate ways to ensure that the fire safety provisions remain satisfactory during any building or renovation works.

Implementation of recommendations from a Fire Risk Assessment/Safety Audit

As HBE is not a provider of remedial action services, we are properly qualified and experienced to support the Responsible person in the implementation of the significant findings from the Risk Assessment. We can also provide project management services to oversee the work to be carried out by other contractors to ensure a satisfactory standard of service is undertaken.

Response Call-out Service

HBE can provide a call-out service where required to ensure your responsibilities are covered in the event of emergency / exceptional events such as flooding, storm damage or incidents of fire in other parts of the building. This service is undertaken by our qualified and highly experienced fire consultants.

Fire Investigation Services

HBE will attend site after a fire and assist in determining the cause of fire and providing recommendations to prevent re-occurrence. In the case of a small fire, our expert consultants can provide Fire Investigation Services which can meet the needs of insurance companies and loss assessors.

Expert Witness

Our specialist consultants are experienced expert witnesses in the case of court proceedings.

Fire Protection Services

HBE can also provide:

  • Portable Appliance Testing (PAT testing)
  • Supply & Maintenance of First Aid Fire fighting equipment
  • Supply, installation and maintenance of Fire Safety signage

Our maintenance services ensure that your systems operate in accordance with BS5839 -1:2002. The maintenance schedule, certification and any remedial tasks required to be undertaken will be recorded in our Compliance Management System, HBE Manager, to ensure that you remain compliant. We also provide an emergency call out service where required.

To find out more about our Fire risk consultancy, management and training services, email us at enquiries@hberm.com

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