Background to the case study
Following the Grenfell tragedy, a well-publicised debate resulted in changes being made to the Fire Safety Act. These important amendments have been put in place to ensure that people feel safe and that a tragedy like the Grenfell Tower does not happen again.
In addition, the RRO, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order which came into force in England & Wales on 1st October 2006, demands that building owners, landlords, estates managers, and similar now have the legal responsibility for fire safety. They have to appoint a Responsible Person who must ensure that an annual fire risk assessment is undertaken.
Fire doors save lives. They form a vital part of a building’s passive fire protection. Fire doors are purpose-built safety devices constructed to withstand fire for a period and keep it contained. They also provide an escape route should a fire start. As with all life-saving products, a third-party inspection with an expert company like Ligtas is important to ensure that your responsible person has done what is required to reduce the risk of fire.
Fire doors need regular inspection and maintenance (BS9999 recommends a six-monthly inspection regime) to ensure that they will perform as intended in the event of a fire.
Organisations need to know that they can rely on their suppliers to support the process, which is why our client decided to take prompt action to ensure that their properties remain compliant and safe.