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Site inspection to ensure compliance with the Fire Safety Order 2005

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this Inspection was to assess general fire safety provisions on site, and to confirm that compliance with the requirements of the Fire Safety Order 2005 is being achieved. The visit is part of a planned series of inspections across ONR’s licensed sites.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

This inspection comprised of meetings with senior managers and subject area experts, to assess the adequacy and suitability the fire safety arrangements in place on site, with specific focus upon predominantly staff occupied areas.

These meetings were followed by full walk-downs of the newly refurbished main offices (B808 - Capenhurst Court), and the Site Project Offices (B823).

A meeting with 2 workforce safety representatives was also held to provide information in respect of the purpose of the invention, and to discuss the general fire safety arrangements and procedures on the site.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

N/A

Key Findings, Inspector's Opinions and Reasons for Judgements Made

Previous fire safety inspections at the site have demonstrated how importantly the management team regard good fire safety practice, and once again this was clearly demonstrated.

Updates were given relating to observations made during the site inspection in 2017, and all matters have been addressed appropriately. No regulatory issues were identified during general discussions, or the walk-down of specific buildings, and the current fire safety strategy was reviewed and deemed to be adequate. The process of undertaking fire risk assessments on site was also examined and found to be suitable and undertaken by suitably qualified and experienced personnel.

The site has a good appreciation of fire safety risks and control measures, as evidenced by a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment process, supported by a good level of housekeeping across the site. Overall, I therefore judged that the standard of compliance with the requirements of the Fire Safety Order 2005 to be adequate.

Conclusion of Intervention

There were no safety issues or shortfalls in regulatory compliance identified during this inspection, and the response of site management throughout was very positive, and this was communicated to the site management team at the conclusion of the site inspection visit.