With the release of the 1st edition of the Hacket report following last years disaster at Grenfell Towers the Life Safety industry and those in positions of influence within our industry need to take a long long look at how we work, how we guide and advise and how we deliver install and support the delivery of Life Safety now and in the months and years ahead.
Not only are there now mandatory issues of disclosure from the insurance industry for ALL areas of non-compliance but now more than ever the need for a fresh approach to how the RRO is interpreted and what the content of future building systems design and what post install assessment is given to ensure the end user is fully aware of the protection and detection within their site.
With this in mind is it not now time for all risk assessment works to be able to define fully the scope/type and level of fire alarm detection that a site assesed should have rather than the somewhat limp approach currently the norm for the assesor to defer to the incumbent for design responsibility.
Furthermore issues with escape lighting, directional signage follow a similar pattern with assessments passing responsibility for compliance to the clients electrcial contractor.
Current NICEIC certification make far more now of the need for the assessment to reflect the level of testing, the compliance (or otherwise) of the system and that the relevent documentation issued to make it clear what additional or remedial works are required.
Thus the contents of paragraphs 3-5 above have serious consequences to that of paragraph 1.
We are fast approaching the time when prior to the renewal of a commercial insurance policy our clients will be expected to provide to their broker/underwriter full details on both the assessment and the most recent sevice dockets highlighting all of the sites issues so the need for a comprehensive assessment within firm definative content giving clear direction and for assessors to have the expertise and experience to make specific requirements for the assessment not the current practice of prevaricating and deffering to others and, in the process dilluting the entire process.
Graduate of the Institute of Fire Engineers GIFireE