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....
All BSF funding decisions for new applications now involve applicants providing an assessment of the risks posed by fire spread over external walls to identify what, if any work, is needed. This is called a Fire Risk Appraisal of External Walls (FRAEW) and is undertaken by competent professionals. It uses the new PAS 9980:2022 code of practice, with professionals using their expert judgement to assess risk and appropriate mitigations.
The PAS 9980;2022 methodology has been developed by the British Standards Institution. It contains guidance, tailored to the risks posed by fire spread over external walls, and provides tools for a competent professional to carry out a Fire Risk Appraisal of External Wall construction (FRAEW).
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