Our team of competent and experienced fire safety consultants provide a range of services including fire risk management, life safety fire risk assessments and risk assessments required under the Dangerous Substances, Explosive Atmosphere Regulations (DSEAR).
The breadth of knowledge within our team affords us the opportunity to provide consultancy services to a multitude of differing industry sectors and environments. The team undertake regular CPD and all our assessments are subject to a rigorous Quality Assurance process before being issued to the client.
Our consultants all hold memberships with the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) and /or the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM). A.C.T. is also registered under the Third Party accreditation scheme BAFE SP205 Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment. Each of our completed fire risk assessments comes with a BAFE Certificate of Conformity.
A screenshot example of a portion of the BAFE Certificate of Conformity as would be issued with the completed life safety fire risk assessment is shown below.
Fire Safety Management
The British Standards Institute (BSI) ‘BS9997:2019 Fire Risk Management Systems, requirements with guidance for use’ publication is one method of demonstrating a robust system for fire safety management.
A fire safety management plan outlines the arrangements for implementing, controlling, monitoring, and reviewing fire safety standards as well as ensuring that the standards are maintained.
We work closely with our clients to assist them in developing that fire safety management system and plan that meets the requirements of the standard, which when applied effectively aids in ensuring life safety for their employees, contractors and visitors.
Fire Risk Assessment
The ‘Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005’ (England & Wales), & the Fire (Scotland) Act and Regulations, places legal duties upon the responsible person in England and Wales, with similar duties in place for Scotland and Northern Ireland, that requires the responsible person / duty holder of any non-domestic premises, carries out a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment.
We are able to complete fire risk assessments on behalf of the responsible person / duty holder, to assist them in complying with their statutory duties.
Our life safety fire risk assessment is an iterative, methodical and collaborative process, based upon the PAS 79:2020 Parts 1 & 2, Fire Risk Assessment Code of Practice, and is validated and peer reviewed in accordance with the requirements of the BAFE Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment SP205 Accreditation scheme, which in itself is verified via the UK Accreditation Scheme (UKAS).
This comprehensive assessment will assist in maintaining or reducing the level of fire risk within the premises.
The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) is a law in place to reduce the risk of harm from an explosion in the workplace.
A DSEAR assessment helps you to:
Identify what dangerous substances you have and how they may be able to form an explosive atmosphere based on the processes that you undertake.
Put control measures in place to reduce the risk of an explosion.
Put controls in place to mitigate the effects of any incidents.
Identify areas that are hazardous and classify them in to zones.
Identify ATEX categories of electrical equipment that may need to be used in a classified zone, where installed.
Our team of highly qualified and specialist consultants conduct DSEAR assessments on a regular basis and can support you with regards to this complex area of risk management.
Fire Risk Assessment - Audit - BS9997:2019
We can provide you with the assurance you need that your fire risk assessment is suitable and sufficient. We use the British Standard methodology of scoring to provide you with a report that scores the assessment based on the content to ensure that all significant findings, hazards and control measures have been correctly identified, recorded and taken in to account.
We will also verify the competence of the assessor, validate the scope and extent of the assessment, review the recommendations made and check that it provides you with a suggested review date taking account of the overall level and spread of fire risk.
Fire Door Inspections
Inspecting internal fire doors in the UK is essential for ensuring fire safety in a building. Internal fire doors are designed to prevent the spread of fire and smoke, creating a barrier and giving occupants of the building more time to escape.
Regular inspection of fire doors in compliance with the British Standard (BS9999: 2017) is a legal requirement for building owners and managers in the UK.
The inspections should be carried out by a competent person to ensure they meet the standards for the maintenance, operation, and condition of fire doors.
Inspecting internal fire doors can help identify any damage or wear and tear that may compromise their integrity. It can also help in identifying other potential hazards that could hinder their proper functioning, such as obstructions, misaligned hinges or handles.
A regular inspection schedule for fire doors can help ensure that they operate effectively in the event of a fire, thus saving lives, minimizing injuries and property damage. Overall, it's a crucial aspect of building safety and should be given high priority.
ACT have a team of competent fire door inspectors and we can provide you with a full and comprehensive report about the condition of your fire doors and let you know what actions need to be taken to resolve any issues found.