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Managing Fire Risk Assessments and General Risks

in Communal Areas of Apartments, and Managed Blocks

Fire Risk Assessment of Communal Areas

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires every block of flats / HMO to undergo a fire safety risk assessment. This applies to common parts, not to the inside of any flats and is an obligation on the freeholder, landlord or managing agent. Fire Officers are able to enter any block of flats to inspect, ask to see the risk assessment and issue enforcement notices to improve fire safety should the need arise.

Fire Risk Assessment, with a focus on communal areas, dwellings, HMO, halls of residence, common areas, flats & apartment blocks. Packages from £250

Fire Safety Services

At Health and Safety Mentor professional fire risk assessors will undertake a full assessment of the premises; you’re fire safety procedures and emergency action plan. A full report will then be produced, giving prioritised recommendations and practical guidance on how to carry them out, as well as producing site-specific emergency action procedures.

Premises that require such a Health and Safety Fire Risk Assessment include:

  • Apartment blocks & flats
  • HMO properties
  • Halls of residence
  • Places with common areas, e.g. kitchen, stairs

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Health and Safety Mentor are members of the Fire Protection Association (FPA)

General Risk Assessments of Common Areas

All blocks of flats must have a risk assessment carried out of the health and safety of any common areas. It is a requirement under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. You may argue common areas are not “at work” but if any cleaner, gardener, managing agent or repair contractors enters them, then a risk assessment must be made.

The courts and the Health and Safety Executive / Local Authority do consider common parts of blocks of flats as included in health and safety regulations. Areas such as gardens, grounds, plant rooms, meter cupboards and lift motor rooms would all need to be included in an assessment. If there were to be an accident and you had no proof of a risk assessment being carried out, you are much more likely to be prosecuted and/or sued for negligence. The risk assessment should be reviewed at least annually.

Should you require any further information on carrying out health and safety fire risk assessment please contact one of our expert professionals today on 08444 933 062.

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