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Managing fire risk in commercial buildings: A guide for facilities managers
Managing fire risk in commercial buildings: A guide for facilities managers (IP 11/14) was published by BRE on 23 September 2014. It was written by Jeremy Fraser-Mitchell and Tom Taylor. It is one of a number of BRE publications offering guidance for facilities managers, maintenance contractors and building owners about the operation and management of commercial buildings.
In England and Wales, employers and other people who have control of premises must carry out an assessment of the fire risks to occupants of buildings and other people in the vicinity, to ensure that they are safe from fire and its effects. IP 11/14 provides guidance about how improved facilities management can help deliver fire resilience in commercial buildings.
The first part of the 8-page Information Paper explains how to carry out a fire risk assessment and how best to deal with residual risks. The second part gives an overview of operational and maintenance requirements for fire detection systems, fire suppression systems, firefighting equipment and emergency lighting.
The contents of the Information Paper are:
- Fire risk assessment: identifying hazards and people in the premises.
- Fire risk management: coping with residual risks.
- Planning, recording, instruction and training.
- Fire protection equipment and facilities.
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