|HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge by David Jones|
The seminar, staged by Exova Warringtonfire in conjunction with the Facilities Management Association (FMA), heard how many fire risk assessments conducted on large buildings can go wrong.
Nick Coombe, enforcement lead for the Chief Fire Officers’ Association, talked about the legislation under the Fire Safety Reform Order (2005) which puts the onus on the ‘responsible person’ to undertake proper risk assessment.
He outlined how too often the assessment is not carried out professionally and the responsible person can end up facing legal action.
Nick Coombe said:
“Too many organizations and individuals get caught out trying to cut corners with fire risk assessment. The results, such as those we have witnessed in the Brazil nightclub fire recently, can be devastating.”
Figures released by Fire and Rescue Services show that 46 per cent of public buildings, 42 per cent of care homes, 42 per cent of schools and 37 per cent of hospitals were found to be ‘unsatisfactory’ when inspected.
The Facilities Management Association is the UK’s leading representative trade body for employers in the FM sector engaged in delivering non-core services to a broad range of public and private organisations.
HMS Belfast image by David Jones used under a Creative Commons license.
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