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MS EB 7 Emergency Evacuation Procedure

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 6 Reforming fire safety law - is the long wait over?

In previous bulletins, we have explained how the bulk of current of fire safety legislation is confusing and, in some cases, contradictory. We have also described the probable impact of pending changes in fire safety law.


MS EB 5 The Role of the Fire Safety Manual

The management of fire safety within buildings is an area that must now receive greater priority. Due to the often complex nature of modern building design, the ever increasing use of fire engineered solutions and the sophisticated protection systems which are utilised to achieve an acceptable level of safety, it is unsurprising that confusion may occur during the lifetime of a building for those persons responsible for managing the building and the safety of its occupants.


MS EB 4 Fire safety and the disability discrimination act

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA - 1995 as amended by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005) came into force on the 2nd of December 1996, and made requirements on employers and service providers relating to the provision of disabled access into and around buildings.


MS EB 3 An Introduction to BS 5588: Part 12

An Introduction to BS 5588: Part 12: Fire precautions in the design, construction and use of buildings - Managing fire safety When developing specifications for new-build and refurbishment projects, building designers and the design team rarely consider fire precautions beyond the Building Control approvals stage. The architect’s sole task is to design a building to meet the client’s aesthetic and functional demands. All involved assume that if prescriptive fire safety standards are met, then the design duty is similarly met. But fire safety is a process that concerns the whole ‘life cycle’ of the building, from design through the various occupancies and uses to which the building is put for the whole of its working life.


MS EB 2 The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order I hear that there’s going to be a new fire safety act - what’s the reason for this? The government published a consultation document - ‘Fire Safety Legislation for the Future’ - more than five years ago. This was followed in July 2002 by a further consultation document from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), ‘Amending various Acts and statutory instruments to simplify, rationalise and consolidate the law with respect to fire safety in buildings in use’. The ODPM is the Government department responsible for fire safety.


MS43 Fire Safety Reform, Are you Ready?

In our previous Bulletin, Fire Safety Reform Are you Ready?, we looked at imminent changes proposed to fire safety legislation in this country. We discussed the likely form of the legislation and in order to prepare for the obligations imposed on employers and building managers, we discussed the need for robust fire safety strategies to be put in place.


MS42 Fire Safety Reform, Are you Ready?

Substantial change is imminent. The proposed sweeping reform of general fire safety legislation in England and Wales will affect employers and virtually all those responsible for non-domestic premises. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRO) for England and Wales is expected in spring 2004. It will attempt to simplify, rationalise and consolidate existing legislation.


MS41 The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister aims to introduce this Order to Parliament later this year and, subject to Parliamentary approval, the reforms are expected to come into force by Autumn 2004.The latest Professional Bulletin from LWF answers all your questions about the proposed new legislation. It explains how the new Order will complement existing fire legislation, and the effect it will have on current measures such as fire certificates and risk assessments. Other issues covered include- Fire risk assessments - how these will change Who will enforce this new legislation - and how Responsibility for on-site contractors Alterations to premises - implications


MS40 Understanding Commissioning and Handing Over

Commissioning and handing over are two terms often used interchangeably as if they mean the same thing. There is certainly much confusion about these two very important phases of an installation project. Such misunderstandings can lead to bitter conflict between client and contractor.


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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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,...

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  • 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...

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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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