Employers have a legal responsibility under the Fire Safety Order (FSO) to ensure that required fire precautions are both met and maintained within the workplace.
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Fire Extinguisher Maintenance
Fire extinguisher maintenance in accordance with British Standards 5306 Part 3 forms an integral part of your premises Fire Risk Assessment. It is therefore, in effect, a legal requirement of the Fire Safety Order 2005.
Annual inspections (or more frequent for high risk locations or corrosive environments) by a competent person involve inspecting every fire extinguisher and identifying those which require repressurising, replacement parts, or have reached the end of their useful lives.
Routine Inspection by the User
To ensure compliance with this legislation, a 'responsible person' within your organisation should carry out a visual inspection to confirm that the extinguisher has not been damaged, accidentally discharged or vandalised. These inspections should ideally be carried out at monthly intervals, but certainly no more than quarterly.
Safe Disposal and Recycling of Old Fire Extinguishers
Integrated Fire Solutions can remove any corroded, condemned or ineffective fire protection equipment from your premises quickly, safely and with the minimum of fuss when any problems are found. This lessens any health and safety risk associated with the storage of condemned pressurised fire extinguisher equipment
Fire Alarm Servicing
To ensure a fire alarm will operate as it was intended, the fire alarm will require a fire alarm servicing in accordance with the fire code guideline as described in BS5839-1. Clause 44. The clause basically states, it is essential the fire alarm system is subject to a fire alarm servicing so that unrevealed faults are identified, preventive measures can be taken to ensure the continued reliability of the system, false alarm problems are identified and suitably addressed, and that the user is made aware of any changes to the building that affect the protection offered by the system.
Routine Inspection by the User
To ensure compliance with this legislation, a 'responsible person' within your organisation should operate a triggered device (manual call point or detector) or an end of line switch on a zone circuit. Zones should be tested in strict rotation and with regards to a monitored system, each zone should tested at least quarterly and weekly for non monitored systems. Each time a zone is tested, a different trigger should be used, but in all cases, records of these tests should be made within the file log book.
Sprinkler Service & Maintenance
A fire sprinkler system must work the first time, every time. To ensure your fire sprinkler system will perform when you need it, you should implement a regular test & inspection programme. This should be annual, biannual or quarterly depending on the system in place.
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