Design & Fire Safety

Managing fire safety starts with the initial design of a building. The design should minimize the risk of fire and ensure that, if a fire does occur, appropriate fire safety systems (including active, passive, and procedural systems) are in place.

It is now compulsory for companies to conduct a fire risk assessment. As an employer, or as someone who has control of a workplace, you must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire.

The management of fire safety is an essential element in averting disaster in the event of a fire. Although many buildings will never have a serious life-threatening fire, it is essential for fully functional fire safety procedures to be an integral part of every building. The following BSI standards and publications on fire safety are essential reading for a wide audience, from company directors to fire wardens.

BS 9999:2008
Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings

PAS 79:2007 (Hard Copy)
Fire risk assessment. Guidance and a recommended methodology

BS 5499-10:2006
Safety signs, including fire safety signs, Code of practice for the use of safety signs, including fire safety signs

BS 8214:2008
Code of practice for fire door assemblies

Supporting fire safety books:

 A Comprehensive guide to fire safety

Colin S Todd

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