Fire Risk Assessments

Type 1 FRA

This is probably the most common type of FRA and is usually suitable for most blocks of flats, purpose built or conversions. It is a non-destructive assessment of only the communal areas of the building.

For this type of survey the assessor would not normally require access to private apartments unless there was an immediate risk to life safety or the assessment was to include the front door of the flat.

The assessor may make a recommendation that a more detailed investigation is needed and in these circumstances clear evidence and justification will be provided.

Type 2 FRA

This assessment is similar to the Type 1 as it includes only the common parts of the building however, it does require some invasive investigation work. This will usually require a contractor to be present with the assessor so that small bore holes can be drilled and an borescope camera used to better understand if there are any fire or smoke related breaches in non-visible areas. The contractor will then make good any bore holes that have been created.
This type of assessment is usually only required if there is a concern over the robustness of fire compartmentation design. An FRA Type 2 report can also be used if a Variation Order is being considered in order to amend the overall fire strategy of the building.

Type 3 FRA

Similar to a Type 1 report this is a non-invasive assessment of the communal areas but extends inside the apartments to understand levels of fire detection, compartmentation and means of escape.

It is only usually considered appropriate if there is considered to be a fire risk inside the flats.

Type 4 FRA

This is similar to a Type 2 report in that it is an invasive inspection covering the communal areas as well as inside the apartments. This is a more comprehensive assessment than the other types of FRA and also like the Type 3 FRA it does require the full co-operation of flat owners / tenants in providing access. A contractor will also be required to assist in the opening and making good of the sampling work.

Fire Door Inspections

The Fire Safety Bill places a responsibility on the duty holder for blocks of flats to ‘manage and reduce the risk of fire’ posed by building structure, external wall systems and entrance doors. We believe that in order to demonstrate compliance the responsible person should be able to provide evidence that Fire Doors have been inspected by a suitably competent person and any recommended actions to ensure they are fully compliant has been implemented.  

Our Fire Door Risk Assessments can be provided as a separate survey or as part of one of the 4 Types described earlier.  

Evacuation plan:

As part of our assessments we check emergency evacuation plans to ensure that they meet the specific nature of the escape plan for your building. If it doesn’t then our assessors can draft an evacuation plan for you.

Risk assessments for buildings other than residential:

When carrying out fire risk assessments for buildings other than residential buildings our assessors will base the risk assessment for your building on the guidance documents relative to that type of building as issued by the Government, for example: Offices and Shops; Factories and Warehouses; Educational premises etc. etc.

Wherever your risk,
we have it covered.

Operating from regional centres and field based locations our risk assessors are well placed to cover any postcode in the UK.

Health and Safety

Pre Occupancy

Variation Order

For further information on the range of our risk assessment services