Public Sector Fire Risk Assessment

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 premises in order to ensure the safety of all employees and other 'relevant persons'. Oakleaf are BAFE SP205 accredited. 

Oakleaf have developed a detailed fire risk assessment based on the principles of PAS 79:2012.

Fire Risk Assessment

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. Oakleaf have numerous Universities clients for Fire Risk Assessments and Fire Consultancy. We have wide Fire Risk Assessment experience in student accommodation including Fire Risk Assessments and Fire Compartmentation surveys of new/PFI build. 

Our Assessors

Our surveyors are experienced and used to working in a wide variety of premises, including healthcare, schools, colleges, police stations and listed buildings. 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.

The Report

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. 

The Scope

Elements assessed as part of the fire risk assessment include:

  • Smoking
  • Arson
  • Work Processes
  • Equipment
  • Staffed Areas
  • Lightning Protection
  • Surface Finishes
  • Management
  • Training
  • Fire Notices and Signs
  • Alarms and Detection
  • Single Direction of Escape
  • Travel Distance
  • Refuge
  • Stairways
  • Escape Lighting
  • Staff
  • Escape Lifts
  • Elements of Structure
  • Compartmentation
  • Smoke Control
  • Fire Fighting Equipment
  • Fire Brigade Access
  • Sprinklers



All Fire Precautions including Fire Doors, Alarms, Detection, Signs, Fire Fighting Equipment etc. can all be indicated on AutoCAD drawings (if available) with any particular areas of risk referenced back to the written report.

Mortgage Statements

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.

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

•Current FRA

We will also undertake a site visit to satisfy ourselves of the accuracy of the information prior to issuing a statement.

For more information please click here or call Tim Cooper on 0845 293 7571

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