The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) sets out the law on construction site general fire safety. The FSO requires that a ‘responsible person’ must carry out and keep up to date a fire risk assessment and implement appropriate measures to minimise the risk to life and property from fire. We can provide this responsible person on behalf of the Principal Contractor in control of the site. Their role will be to identify sources of fuel and ignition and establish general fire precautions including means of escape, warning and fighting fire based on a fire risk assessment.
In occupied buildings such as offices, our Fire Manager will make sure that the work does not interfere with existing escape routes from the building or any fire separation, alarms, dry risers, or sprinkler systems.
The Clipfine Fire Manager will undertake the following five steps in carrying out a fire risk assessment,
Identify hazards: consider how a fire could start and what could burn;
Identify people at risk: employees, contractors, visitors and anyone who is vulnerable, e.g. disabled persons;
Evaluation and action: consider the hazards and people identified in 1 and 2 and act to remove and reduce risk to protect people and premises;
Record, plan and train: keep a record of the risks and action taken - make a clear plan for fire safety and ensure that people understand what they need to do in the event of a fire;
Review: monitor assessment regularly and check it takes account of any changes on site.
The Clipfine Fire Manager will focus on the following aspects to provide safe means of escape on site,
Routes: the risk assessment should determine the escape routes required which must be kept available and unobstructed;
Alternatives: well-separated alternative ways to ground level should be provided where possible;
Protection: routes can be protected by installing permanent fire separation and fire doors as soon as possible;
Assembly: ensure escape routes give access to a safe place where people can assemble and be accounted for.
Illustrated signage: lighting should be provided for enclosed escape routes and emergency lighting may be required.
The Clipfine Fire Manager will set up a system to alert people on site in the event of a fire incident. This may be temporary or permanent mains operated fire alarm (tested regularly), a klaxon, an air horn or a whistle, depending on the size and complexity of the site. The warning needs to be distinctive, audible above other noise and recognisable by everyone. The Clipfine Fire Manager will also ensure that fire extinguishers are located at identified fire points around the site. Clipfine will also provide Fire Marshal training in-house so that a number of our operatives can be “Nominated Fire Marshals” and trained in the use of extinguishers. These nominated people will ensure that walkways are free from obstruction, signage is clear and easily identifiable and that any potential fire hazards are identified and immediately dealt with.