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TEAM Talks: The Crucial Role of Fire Doors

The Crucial Role of Fire Doors

Monday  10th June, 2024

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With the introduction of The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, it has become even more critical to ensure that fire doors are regularly inspected and maintained. These regulations mandate that all multi-occupied residential buildings in England with storeys over 11 meters in height must have quarterly checks on all fire doors and annual inspections on flat entrance doors.


Fire doors are crucial in saving lives and limiting fire damage to property. They are an integral part of a building’s passive fire protection system, designed to stop the spread of fire and smoke, providing essential protection for escape routes, and supporting fire-fighting activities.


The primary functions of fire doors include:

  • Allowing people to exit a space with automatic closing.
  • Protecting escape routes from the effects of fire, including smoke, gases, and flames.
  • Limiting the amount of oxygen available to slow or stop fire spread.

Typically, fire doors are engineered to resist fire for a set period of time for example 30 or 60 minutes, giving occupants crucial time to evacuate. They comprise various components, including the frame, door leaf, and essential fixtures and fittings. 

Illustration by TEAM Safety Services Ltd.


Proper Installation and Maintenance


Correct installation and maintenance of fire doors are vital to their performance. Fire-rated doors must be installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions, including specified ironmongery and other features tested under fire conditions. The British Woodworking Federation asserts that "third-party certification is the only way to ensure fire doors are manufactured consistently to protect lives and save property. Cutting corners can cost lives."


Regular Inspections


Due to their critical role in fire safety, fire doors require regular inspections. The frequency of these checks depends on factors such as the door’s age, condition, and frequency of use. For example, a fire door on a frequently used staircase needs more frequent inspections than one in a less used area, like a boiler room. Competent installation and regular maintenance by qualified personnel are necessary to ensure the doors' reliability.


Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, building owners, operators, and occupiers, including landlords in residential premises, must ensure their fire doors are fit for purpose and well-maintained. The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 reinforces this by mandating regular inspections. These are the legal requirements of Responsible Persons for every multi-occupied residential building in England over 11 metres in height. Responsible Persons can be prosecuted if they do not fulfil these safety duties. 


TEAM Safety Services Fixed Fee Fire Door Inspection Service


At TEAM Safety Services, we are dedicated to helping business owners, housing associations and Responsible Persons comply with essential fire door regulations through our comprehensive inspection services. As UKAS-accredited fire door inspectors, we provide a full spectrum of inspections designed to exceed regulatory requirements. Our goal is to ensure your building remains compliant and you, your staff, your residents and members of the public stay safe.


To assist with budgeting and planning, we are now offering a fixed-fee fire door inspection service for residential buildings. This fixed-fee annual service is based on the number of doors in your property, allowing for fixed costs while covering all necessary fire door inspections.

Our inspection services include:

  • Quarterly Inspections on Communal Fire Doors: Regular inspections to ensure communal fire doors are in suitable condition and compliant with fire safety standards.
  • Annual Inspections on Flat Front Doors: Annual checks to demonstrate best endeavours as outlined in the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 guides, ensuring that flat front doors meet the required fire safety standards.
  • Innovative Reporting and Compliance Solutions: Electronic inspection reports and asset management tagging for Golden Thread compliance. This ensures that all inspection data is easily accessible, trackable, and compliant with regulatory standards.
We will handle all aspects of the inspection process for streamlined management and communication, including:
  • Visit Coordination and Resident Communication: We manage and organise all inspection visits and communicate directly with residents to minimise disruption and ensure smooth operations. This also includes the required resident information about fire doors that the Responsible Person must provide to all residents (whether tenants or leaseholders).
  • Online Portal for Resident Reporting: Our bespoke online portal allows residents to report fire door concerns easily, ensuring that potential issues are addressed promptly.
  • Communal Area Fire Safety Inspections: With every visit, we also conduct comprehensive fire safety inspection of communal areas, enhancing overall fire safety in your housing association.

TEAM Safety Services will help you to maintain the highest fire safety standards and protect your staff, residents and property. Contact us today to receive a personalised quote and learn more about our fixed-fee fire door inspection service. 

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10 Safety Resolutions Every Company Should Embrace in 2024

10 Safety Resolutions Every Company Should Embrace in 2024

Friday 26th January, 2024


As we step into the new year of 2024, the commitment to safety in the workplace remains paramount for companies striving to create secure and healthy environments for their employees. We have outlined 10 New Year resolutions that every company should embrace in the coming months. 

 

Here's a detailed look at each resolution along with tips on how TEAM Safety Services can assist in upholding these standards and safety goals:


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1. Prevent slips, trips, and falls by ensuring good housekeeping.

 

Maintaining a clutter-free and well-organised workplace is crucial to prevent accidents. These accidents are among the most common causes of workplace injuries, leading to significant consequences for both employees and employers. TEAM Safety Services offers on-site inspections and training to identify potential hazards and establish effective housekeeping practices.

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2. Eliminate or control exposure to noise, dust, and vibration in the workplace.

 

Overexposure to noise, dust, and vibration can have life-long consequences. This is why knowledge and awareness of safe practices should be at the top of your priority in 2024. Our TEAM can provide expertise in assessing occupational exposures, identifying potential risks, and recommending strategies to mitigate hazards.

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3. Try to avoid manual handling altogether. But, if it must be done, ask for help or use mechanical aids.

 

Manual handling poses risks of musculoskeletal injuries. TEAM Safety Services offers on-site and online training which shares manual handling assessments, steps, and proper lifting techniques, helping to reduce the likelihood of injuries related to manual handling.

Get 24% off all eLearning courses for a limited time only! Just use the code '24for2024' at checkout! 

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4. Enhance Emergency Preparedness.

 

Your workplace and staff should always be prepared in case of an emergency, and part of being prepared is sharing the right information and having safe protocols in place. TEAM Safety Services can assist in developing and reviewing individualised emergency response plans, and ensure employees are well-prepared for emergencies, including fire evacuations and other critical situations.

 

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5. Invest in Training.

 

Make sure all staff are trained and competent to carry out their role safely by providing comprehensive training for employees. You should also cover safety topics such as First-Aid, Fire Safety, and Health and Safety Awareness to empower your workforce with the knowledge needed for a secure work environment. Our experienced TEAM of experts can deliver this training on-site, or our engaging eLearning courses can be completed online and remotely.

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6. Regular Equipment Inspections.

 

We recommend establishing routine equipment inspections to minimise the risk of injuries. These may be daily, weekly, monthly, or annually depending on the type of equipment and frequency of use. Our specialists can assist you in developing inspection schedules and ensuring machinery and tools meet safety standards.

 

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7. Ensure all activities are properly risk-assessed by competent and qualified individuals.

 

Not everyone is qualified to carry out risk assessments, and even then, not every risk assessor is qualified to carry out every type of risk assessment. It is essential that competent and qualified individuals carry out assessments, and any hazards identified are eliminated or reduced promptly. Our TEAM of qualified and experienced assessors can conduct thorough risk assessments to identify and mitigate potential hazards, ensuring a safe working environment.

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8. Use and wear any equipment provided by your employer for safety.

 

Not only is it your responsibility by law to wear the correct Personal Protective Equipment, but your responsibility for the safety of yourself and those around you. We would like to emphasise the importance of PPE for the year ahead, as after all, it has been supplied to you for your safety. If you need any advice on what PPE you should be issuing or using, we can help guide you to enhance workplace safety.

 

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9. If in doubt, stop work and ask your supervisor.

 

Encouraging a culture of open communication should be a priority within your organisation, as it helps to promote the importance of seeking clarification when in doubt. It is part of the Supervisor’s and Manager’s role to assist employees in creating a safe environment, and if there is any concern over risks or hazards involved, they should be able to address any staff concerns. Our training for Supervisors and Managers will help instil confidence in your company’s leadership roles to prioritise safety assurance over assumptions.


10. Know where to get information and advice about Health and Safety.

 

Our TEAM encourages utilising free online and accessible resources such as the HSE website and staying informed through our monthly TEAM Talks Blog. For personalised advice and further consultation, our TEAM of experts are readily available to address your specific needs.

 


In 2024, let safety be the cornerstone of your company's success. Embrace these resolutions and partner with TEAM Safety Services to ensure a secure and thriving workplace for all.

 

As a kickstart to help get your organisation up to safety standards in 2024, we are offering 24% off all of our eLearning courses, which include topics like Fire Safety Awareness, Manual Handling, Display Screen Equipment Awareness and Workplace Inductions. 

 

Get compliant today with TEAM Safety Services eLearning. 

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TEAM Talks: Securing Lives – The Critical Role of Qualified Fire Risk Assessors in Building Safety

Securing Lives: The Critical Role of Qualified Fire Risk Assessors in Building Safety 

Tuesday  2nd January, 2024

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In a recent incident at Tower Chambers in Hartlepool, a block of flats narrowly avoided a catastrophic fire thanks to the swift response of firefighters. However, the incident shed light on severe fire safety failures within the building, prompting fines for 2 companies and a suspended prison sentence for a fire risk assessor. This serves as a stark reminder of the indispensable importance of fire safety responsibilities, qualified assessors, and the proactive resolution of significant findings identified in Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs).

 

The Potentially Deadly Incident

 

A fire started in 1 of the 18 flats within the residential block at around 5am on the 2nd of February 2021. The smoke and flames rapidly spread throughout the building; 17 people had to be rescued, 2 people were rescued from upper windows and 3 people had to be walked through the "smoke-filled and burning building" by firefighters. 


Tower Chambers in Hartlepool. Image credit: Google Street View


Identifying Responsibility: A Crucial First Step

 

The heart of the matter lies in understanding who holds the responsibility for fire safety within a building. In the case of Tower Chambers, the Management Agency was deemed responsible for communal areas and fire safety requirements. This underscores the necessity for residents and property owners to be acutely aware of the designated party in charge of ensuring a safe living or working environment.


Choosing the Right Assessor: A Matter of Competence


The block’s Management Agency commissioned a Safety Company to conduct a fire risk assessment of Tower Chambers. Unfortunately, the Assessor lacked the necessary qualifications and experience for residential properties. They specialised in fire safety at industrial sites but had never worked in, and did not have accreditation for, residential properties. This incident highlights the importance of choosing a qualified and competent fire risk assessor who possesses the specific expertise required for the type of property being assessed.

 

As a result, the assessment was riddled with flaws and errors, failing to accurately represent the building's nature. Their misjudgements could have had severe consequences for residents. 

 

It is crucial to recognise that not all assessors are capable of conducting assessments for every type of property, emphasising the need for expertise tailored to the specific environment.


Actioning Significant Findings: A Call to Urgent Measures


A subsequent investigation identified critical issues, including a broken fire alarm system, defective fire doors, inadequate compartmentalisation, no evacuation plans, and lack of information to residents. These failures put the lives of residents at risk.

 

The judge emphasised the importance of acting on significant findings promptly. In Tower Chambers, the lack of corrective measures and deficient post-fire actions by the managing agency were heavily criticised. 


Damage caused by the fire at Tower Chambers, in Hartlepool. Image credit: Cleveland Fire Brigade


The Ruling 


Although the building was owned by another company, the block's Management Agency was ultimately responsible for communal areas and fire safety requirements. 

 

At Teeside Crown Court, the judge recently ruled the Assessor, who admitted 2 charges, had carried out an "incompetent piece of work". They were sentenced to 6 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, with 120 hours unpaid work and costs of almost £5,400.

 

The Managing Agency was fined £25,000 after admitting 4 offences, with the judge saying he was "very surprised" the company’s founder had not been prosecuted personally, adding if convicted he would have been at "serious risk" of imprisonment.

 

The Safety Company admitted 1 charge, was fined £10,000, and both companies were ordered to pay approximately £12,200 in costs.


A Wake-Up Call for All: Lessons Learned


This incident serves as a sobering reminder of the potential consequences of neglecting fire safety responsibilities. Individuals and organisations must prioritise understanding who holds the responsibility for fire safety, engaging qualified assessors, and promptly addressing issues identified in FRAs. The near tragedy at Tower Chambers underscores that, without proactive measures, lives can be at significant risk, and legal consequences may follow.

 

It is crucial for property owners and Managers to take collective responsibility for fire safety, ensuring that qualified professionals are engaged and that identified issues are promptly rectified. By prioritising these critical aspects, we can collectively contribute to safer living and working environments and prevent future incidents that could result in dire consequences.

 

If you need clarity on who holds the fire safety responsibility of your property or need qualified and competent fire risk assessors to match your specific requirements, our TEAM of experts can assist you with prompt and effective solutions.

 

Or email us at info(at)teamsafetyservices.com

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