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Fire Door Inspections

Fire Doors are a legal requirement in all non- domestic properties, such as businesses, commercial premises, and public buildings. They are also required in blocks of flats and houses of multiple occupancy (HMOs).

In existing buildings, the Regulatory Reform (Fire safety) Order 2005 applies and compliance is mandatory. The Order applies to all properties except inside people’s private homes. It covers public buildings, places of employment, entertainment and leisure as well as vehicles, aircraft, hovercrafts, tents or other moveable structures. Article 17 of the Order places an obligation on the “Responsible Person” to ensure fire doors are “subject to a suitable system of maintenance and are maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair”. Given that the employer, building operator, building owner or possibly his agent has a legal duty to maintain fire doors in efficient working order, regular inspection will be necessary.

Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022: fire door guidance – “The Responsible Person will need to ensure that the necessary arrangements are in place to address any issues identified”. The extent to which the individual appointed to address the issues or complete any repairs will be determined by their skills, knowledge, and experience of fire doors. Where inspections identify the need for repair or replacement of any fire door, this work must be undertaken by a competent contractor as soon as reasonably practicable.

Please allow us to assist you in keeping up to date with the latest legislative requirements by providing trained and qualified fire doors inspectors, who will assess each fire door against BS 8214/manufacturer’s data, current UK fire legislation and Blue-Sky requirements, to determine its ability to hold back a fire for the prescribed period of time.

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Comprehensive Inspections of the Compartmentation

Following the FRA ( whether completed by Veritas Inspections or the incumbent consultant), which may only highlight examples of defects in the fire compartmentation – a detailed inspection of the fire related walls, floors and doors on site will still be required.

At Veritas Inspections we are able to offer this service using trained and highly experienced inspectors with an extensive knowledge of the varied construction products used measuring their installation against industry standards with knowledge of the Building Regulations, Manufacturer’s Installation Specifications and Fire Test Evidence.

All data is collected electronically including images of each defect identified and a fully written report explaining the nature of the deficiency and the recommended remedial action, with, if requested a budgeted cost plan to help manage the expectations of person/s responsible for the costs.

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Fire Risk Assessments

The fire risk assessment (FRA) document when completed in accordance with all recommendations, serves as a record of the Significant Findings of a Fire Risk Assessment as required by the RR(FS)O.

The FRA will assess the risk to life from fire; it will not assess the risk to property or business continuity but these will be improved as a result of the recommendations of the finished report. The report will detail significant findings of the assessment and provide information and recommendations to the Responsible Person to allow them to take the action needed to meet the requirements of the RR(FS)O.

The assessment will be a non-destructive survey of the common areas of the residential blocks including the facilities and features provided to ensure safety in case of fire. Specifically the assessment will examine:

  • Fire hazards and their elimination or control – such as electrical, smoking, arson, heating, lightning, general ‘housekeeping’, contractor control and dangerous substances.
  • Fire protection measures – such as the means of escape, limitation of fire spread and development, emergency escape lighting, fire safety signs and notices, means of giving warning in case of fire and fire extinguishing appliances.
  • Management of fire safety – Such as procedures and arrangements, safety assistance, training, testing and maintenance of fire safety provisions and relevant records.

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Additional Services

Often the Landlord/Management Company/FM provider will have full inspection records, maintenance and test schedules for the active fire safety equipment on site.

For example fire / smoke alarms, emergency lighting, fire extinguishers and hose reels etc, however often a full record of the the passive protection measures on site does not exist.

In addition to a basic deficiency report Veritas Inspections would be able to provide a full asset register of the built in passive fire protection (where feasible) on site marked onto location plans including:

  • fire-stopping
  • fire doors
  • structural fire protection
  • cavity barriers

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