Housing Fire Risk Assessments
Fire Safety Law changed in October 2006 with the introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This new legislation placed an emphasis on risk assessment; it is a requirement of the Fire Safety Order that all 'responsible persons' carry out a fire risk assessment of their Housing Stock in order to ensure the safety of all.
Oakleaf have developed a detailed fire risk assessment based on the principles of PAS 79:2012 which is in use for multiple nationwide and regional housing providers. Oakleaf's fire risk assessments are used by dozens of the UK's most important housing organisations. We are able to provide accredited fire risk assessments through our BAFE 205 accreditation scheme.
The Fire Risk Assessment
The Oakleaf Fire Risk Assessment provides clear and practical recommendations rather than vague generalisations. It clearly quantifies risk (harm potential) using a simple risk matrix.
Our surveyors are experienced and used to working in a wide variety of premises, including including social housing, sheltered and extra care accommodation. All surveyors have received specific training from the authors of the Local Government Association ‘Purpose Built Blocks of Flats Guide’ and the NFCC ‘Fire Safety in Specialised Housing’ Guide. They also hold a range of fire safety qualifications, such as membership of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE), membership of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM), CFPA Diploma in Fire Safety, and the NEBOSH Fire Safety Certificate. All our assessors are Enhanced DBS checked.
Oakleaf have been awarded certification under the BAFE SP205 third party certification scheme for companies carrying out life safety fire risk assessments. This is a UKAS accreditation scheme which involved a rigorous inspection of our management systems and processes, and evaluation of the technical competency of our consultants. We are further evaluated annually in order to ensure we are providing a consistently high standard of service to our clients.
The scheme is designed to give assurance to those commissioning fire risk assessments that the service provider they appoint is competent and has been independently approved.
The Oakleaf fire risk assessment report will identify the action that needs to be taken to comply with fire safety legislation, as well as the measures that are already in place that are being maintained. Risks are prioritised and ranked by severity to allow programming of remedial work, and we take photographs showing selected non-compliant items to better illustrate any problems. An action plan is provided as part of all fire risk assessments, which enables the client to distribute actions to the relevant departments / persons, and to track progress.
Software and Innovation
Oakleaf's Housing Fire Risk Assessments are produced on a variety of platforms. We are adept at using client systems, utilising their current CAFM or Tablet solution. We also engage with the market leading providers of Housing Fire Risk Assessment software to provide a truly client focused reporting experience.
Oakleaf's Housing Fire Risk Assessments are available on several frameworks; please get in touch to find the most suitable for your needs.
All Fire Precautions including Fire Doors, Alarms, Detection, Signs, Fire Fighting Equipment etc. can be indicated on AutoCAD drawings (if available) with any particular areas of risk referenced back to the written report.
Consultancy – Mortgage Statements EWS 1
Oakleaf fire engineers are able to assist with requests from mortgage lenders and solicitors where during the sale process a written statement to confirm the property meets the requirements of current Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) guidance is requested. The aim of the request from lenders and solicitors is largely to confirm the property meets the requirements outlined by the MHCLG Advice Note 14. EWS 1 Forms are a natural part of this process.
Our fire engineers are members of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) as well as holding Chartered Engineer and Incorporated Engineer status, registered with the Engineering Council. This fulfils the requirement that the statement must be produced by a member of one of the professional bodies listed by MHCLG in information Note 1.
To assist with the production of the statement we would require as much as possible of the following:
•General building description
•O&M information relating to any materials on the external fabric / balconies
•Results of any intrusive or sampling exercises
•Details on the height and general construction of the property
We will also undertake a site visit to satisfy ourselves of the accuracy of the information prior to issuing a statement.