What is a Compartmentation Survey?
The aim of fire compartmentation is to prevent the rapid spread of smoke and fire. By subdividing the building we can protect escape routes, high risk or high value areas and prevent extensive losses.
A standard fire risk assessment will generally only review the existing fire compartment measures. The scope of a fire risk assessment will not extensively cover every item of fire compartmentation. A more detailed survey is recommended to determine the condition of existing compartmentation provisions. A complete and up to date survey can highlight considerable deficiencies especially in hidden areas such as roof and ceiling voids, Smoke risers and storage cupboards.
Leyland Forrest can carry out comprehensive, non-destructive fire compartmentation surveys and produce comprehensive, easy to read reports on the condition of walls, floors, roof voids, wall voids, risers, shafts, floor voids and basements. A report would outline the existing condition of the fire compartmentation measures, and where necessary recommend improvements that should be undertaken in order to make your buildings compliant with current statutory requirements (BS 9999: 2008 Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings).
Where compartmentation fails to meet the required standards, we will highlight any deficiencies and provide a competitive quote to carry out all necessary remedial works.
On completion of any remedial works, each repair/improvement will be certified, and an identifying label attached stating date, installer and recommended date of re-inspection.
All the information is recorded in a full before and after report.
Along with the report, the client will receive a list of materials used and copies of all relevant test evidence for their records. This will help the Responsible person meet their obligations under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which replaces most fire safety legislation with one simple order. It means that any person who has some level of control in premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire.
It is currently recommended that all compartmentation be inspected every 12 mouths to ensure all compartmentation remains compliant as some maintenance activity can disturb its integrity.