Project: Review of Fire Safety Procedures
Client: Issey Miyake
Services provided: Fire Risk Assessment
Contract value: Undisclosed
Daniel Connal Partnership was commissioned to undertake a complete review of fire safety procedures for high profile Japanese Fashion House, Issey Miyake, and then to carry out Fire Risk Assessments at three central London locations:
- Head Office – Brook Street, W1
- Pleats Please – 20 Brook Street, W1
- Issey Miyake – 10 Brook Street, W1
A ‘suitable and sufficient’ Fire Risk Assessment (FRA), complying with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, is required for all buildings, excluding domestic premises occupied as single private dwelling. Failure to comply can result in prosecution, a fine or a prison sentence.
Our review focussed on understanding the client’s existing fire safety procedures and identifying appropriate inclusion of :
- Reference to published fire safety guidance
- Fire evacuation procedures, including
– arrangements for and liaison with landlord & adjoining owners on communal escape routes
– evacuation procedures for people with special needs
- Assessment of the competency of in-house personnel to carry out the on-going review of their fire risk procedures
Common deficiencies in FRAs include inadequate planned maintenance procedures for fire safety equipment and the absence of emergency management plans and procedures. In this instance, minor improvements to the existing plans ensured that the client had appropriate arrangements in place.
Retail premises may only occupy a portion of a building and frequently share communal fire escape routes, for which they are not responsible, with adjoining premises. This can present a significant challenge when those responsible for the communal escape routes do not have appropriate FRAs in place. Liaison with a premises’ landlord or adjoining owner is vital to safeguarding the evacuation procedure via a communal escape route in an emergency. Our review confirmed that appropriate evacuation procedures for the client’s staff and customers were in place.
In the event of an emergency, it is the responsible staff member present who will ensure safe evacuation of the premises. We reviewed the skill-set and fire safety knowledge of those staff to ensure that there was a sense of ownership of the evacuation process; with regular unannounced ‘walk about’ reviews to ensure that communal escape routes were being maintained.
The periodic audit of fire safety procedures provided by DCP for our client has ensured that consistent and full compliance with RR (FS) Order 2005 is being achieved.