Oakfield Consultancy

Fire Safety

Fire Safety

Key services include:

Fire Risk Assessments​Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 there is a legal requirement for all employers, or those responsible for a premises and its occupiers (the Responsible Person), to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment, to identify fire hazards and the general fire precautions necessary to protect the building, its occupants and to reduce the risk of a fire arising.

This responsibility does not only apply to single workplaces but also to:

  • Common areas and parts of buildings under the direct control of the Landlord, such as plant rooms, in multi occupied buildings

  • ​Shops, shopping centres and retail warehouses

  • ​Schools and educational buildings

  • ​Healthcare buildings​

  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs

  • ​Common areas within blocks of flats

  • ​HMOs - houses in multiple occupation

  • ​Ecclesiastical buildings including churches

  • ​Public assembly buildings including clubs and cinemas

 

Oakfield Consultancy has experience in carrying out fire risk assessments for:

  • Offices

  • Shops

  • Warehousing

  • Production 

  • R&D

  • Restaurants

  • Residential including blocks flats and HMOs

  • Museums

  • Historic Buildings and attractions

  • Churches
     

By undertaking a Fire Risk Assessment and implementing the recommendations made, you will not only be meeting your legal and moral obligations to your staff, visitors and the general public, you will also be reducing the risks to your premises and other assets and increasing the likelihood of business continuity should a fire occur.

A Fire Risk Assessment carried out by Oakfield Consultancy will include the following:

Identification of fire hazards:

  • Sources of ignition

  • Sources of fuel

  • Sources of oxygen

Identification of people at risk:

  • People in and around the premises

  • People especially at risk

Evaluation, removal, reduction and protection from identified risks:

  • Evaluation of the risk of a fire occurring and the risk to people from fire

  • Removal or reduction of the identified fire hazards and the risks to people

  • Assessment of the need or suitability of:
           o   Fire detection and warning systems
           o   Fire fighting equipment
           o   Escape routes
           o   Lighting
           o   Emergency signage and notices
           o   Maintenance and checking of fire safety systems and records

Recording, planning, informing, instructing and training:

  • Recording of all significant findings and actions to be taken

  • Evaluation of emergency plans and procedures

  • Informing and instructing relevant people including general staff in general fire awareness and the emergency procedures

  • Co-operation and co-ordination with others including other tenants and landlords/managing agents

  • Advice on training requirements including Fire Warden training and carrying out of evacuation exercises

  • Review

  • Keeping the Fire Risk Assessment under review, particularly following change within the business or working environment and after a major incident, but as a minimum annually

  • Revise the Fire Risk Assessment where necessary


Following the site inspection, which includes a detailed tour of the site and buildings, a detailed Fire Risk Assessment Report will be issued. Included within the report will be:

  • An executive summary and outline Fire Strategy

  • A list of the Significant Findings

  • Clear recommendations on the Actions required to eliminate or minimise the identified risks and for the achievement of legislative compliance

Review of existing Fire Risk Assessments - this should be carried out annually or following any significant changes in the workplace or major incident

General fire safety advice - including site inspections and gap analysis of premises pre-occupation and at design stage, active fire systems including fire alarms, sprinklers and fire extinguishers, passive fire systems such as fire doors, fire stopping and compartmentation

Development of fire safety plans and emergency procedures - can be undertaken as a stand-alone service at the start of a new occupation including evacuation plans and drills 

Development of Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) - for occupiers with disabilities or who may require assistance in an evacuation or other emergency