Lawrence Webster Forrest (LWF), Fire Engineering and Fire Risk Management Consultants
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Business Continuity & Fire

The phrase Business Continuity (BC) is relatively modern, as our working practices have become more complex, understanding what this actually means is fundamental to business, whether the business is a blue chip financial organisation or a Local Authority School. A fire is likely to have a significant financial impact on the former, with a considerable social impact on the latter. It is noted that both examples will impact socially and financially, loss of employment, loss of facilities etc.


Fire Safety - Prioritisation of Works

When any Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) / safety assessment is made, it is inevitable that some actions will be required, unless of course perfection has been achieved. These actions can be extremely varied from a recommendation to place an adhesive sign on a fire door, to the installation of a new fire alarm system, for example.


Fire Prevention, through Fire Risk Assessment

The terms Fire Prevention and Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) are not always used synonymously, however, by their very nature, they should be. Fire prevention is the generic term given to any measure(s) which serve to avert a fire from occurring, or those means by which fire is detected, or limit its progress. Whilst strictly speaking, systems such as fire alarm / sprinkler systems do not prevent fires, they do help to prevent the spread / consequences of fire and as such are embraced into this global term.


Breaching Fire Safety Law - Effects, Penalties and Contraventions

Whilst the majority of us are aware that fire safety is a legal requirement, many do not consider what that actually means in reality. The literal translation is relatively obvious, failure to meet with the legal requirements means you are breaking the law! However, who is breaking the law and what are the implications.


Fire Safety Training, General Considerations

When we consider fire safety, we commonly reflect on physical precautions, such as fire doors, fire extinguishers and escape signage, but all of these can be complimented by fire safety training. In fact, the adoption of fire safety training should reduce the risk of fire through several means, for example, fire ignition and fire spread.


Disabled Evacuation Procedures

With the increasing access provided for disabled occupants, greater reliance is placed on evacuation. The Disability Discrimination Act (2005) (DDA) places requirements on building owners to provide access to buildings but all too commonly their safe escape in the event of a fire has not been given the same level of consideration.


Fire Risk Assessment - The Law

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) came into force on the 1st October 2006 and the response by the enforcing authorities was swift and immediate in responding to their own prioritisation of risk occupancies.


Fire Safety, Multiple Occupancy Implications

Fire safety management plays a significant role when achieving life safety requirements within a building. There are however, a number of issues that can make management more difficult. One such factor is when a fire risk assessment is undertaken in a specific area or building that is not solely occupied i.e Multiple Occupancy Buildings.


LWF Professional Bulletin Feb 2009

An emergency evacuation procedure is part of a fire safety management system (FSMS) comprising of various policies and procedures assisting in the development of fire safety management and identifying fire risks within a facility.


MS EB 8 Management and Control of Contractors

This bulletin outlines the management and control measures that should be put in place to control contractors within your premise. It outlines typical procedural requirements for managing and controlling contractors and offers guidance on hot work systems.


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FIRE SAFETY BLOGS

  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Safety Training for Staff - Part 80

    In LWFs blog series for healthcare professionals, the aim is to give information on best practice of fire safety in hospitals and other healthcare premises. In part 79, LWF began to discuss fire safety training for staff in healthcare premises and in part 80, we continue from that point with more information on who should attend training and what it should comprise.Fire safety training for staff should have the aim of producing awareness and...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Community Fire Safety - Part 6

    In LWF’s blog series for those who work in Facilities Management, or who have an interest in or responsibility for fire safety, we have been looking at community fire safety. In part 5, we looked at how government initiatives and programmes have impacted fire safety in homes and schools, including the home fire risk checks undertaken by the Fire Service.  In part 6, we will continue discussing community fire safety by looking at some of...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Firefighting Shafts - Part 46

    In LWF’s recent Fire Engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design industry, we have been looking at Firefighting. In part 45, we looked at recommendations for the provision of firefighting shafts contained in Approved Document B and BS 9999. In part 46, we consider what those documents have to say on general design considerations for firefighting shafts.Approved Document B and BS...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Safety Training for Staff - Part 79

    In LWFs blog series for healthcare professionals, the aim is to give information on best practice of fire safety in hospitals and other healthcare premises. In part 78, LWF looked at fire precautions in underground locations. In part 79, we discuss fire safety training for staff in healthcare premises.  The effective management of fire safety training for all staff in healthcare venues is an important area of fire safety management. It is also a statutory...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Community Fire Safety - Part 5

    In LWF’s blog series for those who work in Facilities Management, or who have an interest in or responsibility for fire safety we have been looking at domestic fire safety and the related initiatives in the UK. In part 4, we discussed how useful fire safety education for children has been in influencing fire-safe behaviour in the home. In part 5, we consider home fire risk checks before looking at the evidence of successful community...

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Case Studies

Brentwood Town Hall Redevelopment
The redevelopment of Brentwood Town Hall included renovating the existing five storey property to provide police and council offices, a community hub and lettable office space across the basement, gro...

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General Bulletins

Fire - The External Risk
When we consider fire safety, our focus is normally from within, what can we do to prevent the occurrence of fire and how we can limit its damage.  Whilst this is the correct stance to take, we m...

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Technical Bulletins

Evacuation Modelling - Factor in Human Behaviour
Evacuation of buildings can be analyzed in different ways. Approved Document B (ADB) which provides guidance on meeting the requirements of the England and Wales Building Regulations with regard to fi...

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