Fire and Safety Equipment Checks and Schedules
Fire and safety equipment checks are essential so your business knows everything is working as expected. But who is responsible for routine checks of fire safety, and who should carry out each task?
In every business, there should be a person responsible for looking after the fire and safety equipment. What is never so clear is when each item should be tested, as everything seems to have different inspection schedules, and different requirements.
Fire and Safety equipment checks are ultimately a task for the “Responsible Person” – that is, someone nominated by your business to have the responsibility for the equipment and its management. This is a legal term, and every business should have at least one. If none is nominated, then by default all Directors of a business or the owner if not a limited company, will assume responsibility.
No fire safety policy and scheme can work fully in-house. Specialist knowledge is needed along the way, even after design and installation of fire safety equipment is long past. A professional company like AFSS Ltd is well aware of the correct schedules for maintenance of fire and safety equipment and will help put together a maintenance schedule specifically for your business.
It is important to note that routine checks of fire safety should be carried out in conjunction with a Fire Safety Company like AFSS Ltd as certain aspects of fire and safety equipment cannot normally be tested, serviced, or maintained by end users. Fire safety inspections also need certificating to ensure compliance requirements are met fully and properly. This will also provide legal evidence for your business that you have taken all reasonable steps to ensure satisfactory safety levels.
Fire and Safety Equipment Checks in a List
AFSS Ltd have put together a basic list of fire and safety equipment checks items which should be ticked off daily, weekly, monthly, and so on, by either the end user (you) or your fire safety company (AFSS Ltd for example). Periodically, other fire safety inspections should be completed by specialists, such as Integrity Testing of suppression systems in Data Rooms, or EICR Testing (Electrical Installation Condition Reporting).
The table below shows the recommended intervals for routine checks of fire safety equipment. These are typically the time schedules which should be expected, and meet the requirements of the various British Standards for each item.
Fire and Safety Equipment and Why it needs Testing
The short answer is that whenever any of your fire and safety equipment is likely to be needed, it will be in a potentially life threatening situation, and therefore, every reasonable chance that it will work as intended must be achieved. This can only be done through a regime of regular testing and inspection. It gives you as an employer or responsible person the tools you need to show you’ve done all you could to comply with fire safety legislation, and that you have fulfilled your obligation to keep your staff as safe as possible while at work.
Many of the fire safety equipment items on the list can easily be done by a member of staff with the right basic training to do so correctly, and can be recorded easily in a log book for the purpose.
Some of the items should be carried out by a competent person – normally someone from a fire company, such as AFSS Ltd who can show they have the required competence to test, maintain, advise and inspect to a level meeting the requirements of legislation, the British Standards, and who can reasonably be expected to know how the fire safety equipment should work properly.
At AFSS Ltd, we are experts in fire and safety equipment, with the required competences in all of our staff. We can help with every part of your fire and safety equipment testing on the table above, from weekly testing if required, all the way down the list to Electrical inspection and integrity testing.
Many of the items in the table can be integrated into a maintenance contract or support agreement which will provide your business with the service needed, as well as providing other benefits, such as help and advice, a response when equipment fails, and a reliable partner who can share the risks of compliance with you.
We would be delighted to help you in the same ways we do with every other fire and safety equipment customer.