Fire risk assessments: how often must they be done?
There are no specific time periods in law for how often fire risk assessments must be carried out or reviewed....
Under the current Building Regulations all new fire doors should be to FD30s standard. This means it should provide fire resistance of not less than 30 minutes and be resistant to the passage of smoke at room temperature conditions.
All fire doors should meet the essential fire safety standards:
- the door must be of FD30 type, offering at least 30 minutes’ fire resistance and have been tested in accordance with BS476: Part 22 1987 (the British Standard) or BS EN 1634-1 2000 (the UK adoption of European standards)
- the door supplier should give you a certificate confirming that the door meets this specification, including any ironmongery or letterbox supplied with the door set
- alternatively the door should be certificated by the BM TRADA Q-Mark scheme or BWF Certifire scheme
- the door should meet the Secured by Design standard
A test certificate for all fire doors should be provided to the homeowner by the contractor supplying / fitting the door confirming that the door set meets this standard.
Building regulations requirements can vary depending on the type of building and where in the building the door is located. You should refer to the practical guidance published in connection with the building regulations.
More information you might find useful:
- What are the leaseholder protections in the Building Safety Act 2022?
- More Frequently Asked Questions on Fire safety
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