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



Navigation

Client login
Forgotten password
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Subscribe to our blog

Freephone: 0800 410 1130
E-mail: fire@lwf.co.uk

General Bulletins

Click on a bulletin to view details.

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.


Subscribe to our fire safety blogs

Bulletins
Email Format
* indicates required

FIRE SAFETY BLOGS

  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Firefighting & Rising Water Mains - Part 36

    In LWF’s fire engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been talking about firefighting and rising water mains in buildings. In part 35, we began to discuss wet rising water mains and in part 36 we will continue looking at that subject before considering horizontal mains, also known as internal hydrants, which are seen more commonly in buildings with large floor area.It was established in part 35...

    Read more...

  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Safety Audits - Part 70

    In LWF’s 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 69, we discussed the management of staffing levels and in addition to the number of staff available, it was important that each and every staff member had adequate training in fire and evacuation issues. In part 70, we will discuss fire safety audits and what arrangements should be...

    Read more...

  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Business Continuity Insurance - Part 17

    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 how businesses are protected against interruption from fire. In part 16, we began an overview of the history of consequential loss insurance, which only came into being around 1900, long after life and property protection insurance.  In part 17, we continue from the 1960s.Although the increase in...

    Read more...

  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Firefighting & Rising Water Mains - Part 35

    In LWF’s Fire Engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking at those provisions which can be made to assist firefighting in case of a fire. In part 34, we commenced looking at wet rising mains and noted that while they can be permanently connected to water mains, it is more common to see the systems connected to a water tank with a pump or gravity feed,...

    Read more...

  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Safety & Staffing Levels - Part 69

    In LWF’s 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 68, LWF discussed staffing levels in terms of fire safety and the importance of the staff in attendance having sufficient fire safety training. In part 69, we will continue looking at staffing levels and fire safety concerns.The management of any healthcare venue must consider and agree what...

    Read more...

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...

Read more..

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...

Read more..

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...

Read more..

Site map | Web development Croydon