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T.Stubbs
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:29 pm Reply with quote Back to top
Does a separate fire risk assessment need to be done for every building on a site???

This is a question that I have been recently asked - the scenario is a new site is opening and there are 4 office blocks. Each one is independent of the others and each one is quite unique - some are single occupancy others are multi occupancy. It is not known if the fire alarm is linked but please take it for now that each building has their own fire panel (not sure if this would make any difference to whether one or four risk assessments are done). They are all multi levels - the maximum being 4 levels.

Would a single fire risk assessment for the site be suitable or would each office block need their own risk assessment? Need to bear in mind that the company doing the risk assessment manages the site and the units are tenanted.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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C.Jerman
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:56 pm Reply with quote Back to top
I have to declare that fire is not one of my real skills so I can't give a precise answer either yes or no, but I'd add some thinking.

In my mind there are two sorts of assessment here. There is the building assessment in relation to engineering, construction, fire protection and so on - the sort of stuff that architects should be taking care of and there there is the daily use of the building type assessment done by the people who occupy it.

So if we're really talking about the user aspect, I think that some parts of the assessment could be generic. Things to do with what goes on the the buildings, details about employee training, procedures and so on.

You see the idea of fire risk assessment in my mind is to get you to think about the things that you're supposed to think about and make sure they've all been addressed so that A. Fires don't start and B. if they do, we all get out alive. I mean why else would you do one?

So if there are bits that are genuinely the same, I'd say they could be replicated and then where there are differences that actually MATTER put those in a tailored section where necessary. We may have one building with vulnerable people in. One that only occupied during the day. One where people are sleeping etc etc.

I don't thinks there is just one right answer but I do think there are wrong answers.
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