Number of responsible persons educated in life-safety maintenance obligations soars, study reveals
Fire-safety systems The number of building owners and managers who are unaware of legal requirements surrounding life-safety system maintenance has more than halved, research has revealed. Conducted by Hochiki Europe the study, which polled hundreds of responsible persons as building owners and managers are known under the UK s Fire Safety Order from across Europe, found that 22% admitted to being completely unfamiliar with their legal obligations in this regard less than half the figure 46% posted 12 months before. But it wasn t all good news from the study (the key findings of which are detailed in the infographic below).
Hochiki Europe, one of the world s biggest life-safety solutions manufacturers, also discovered a jump in the number of installers admitting to using an out of date fire detection logbook, from 30% in 2015 to 40% this year. The number failing to have an up to date emergency lighting logbook fell further still, from 67% in 2015 to 48% this year. The false alarm problem, meanwhile, improved only marginally, with the number of building owners and managers reporting false alarms dropping om 29% to 28%. The top five fire maintenance issues encountered by installers in 2016 are: Change of building/room use without correctly altering the fire system (50%) Inadequate logbook records (44%) The original installer didn t install the best system for the environment (40%) Detectors need cleaning (33%) Detectors need replacing (27%) And the top five emergency lighting maintenance issues encountered by installers are: Broken/faulty lamps (44%) Inadequate logbook records (42%) Inadequate emergency lighting signage (39%) Batteries not charged in emergency lighting units (35%) Inadequate lux levels (25%) Our annual study shows a marked improvement in both understanding and meeting maintenance requirements among building owners and managers, said Tracy Kirk, general manager of sales and marketing for Hochiki Europe. This suggests that, as an industry, our efforts to educate and train those responsible for maintaining life safety systems is proving successful. That said, we acknowledge there are still some serious gaps to continue addressing, and while these are encouraging results we cannot be complacent. Ensuring the legal requirement for keeping up to date logbooks is met, the correct system is in place and reducing false alarms are all vital to keep people safe. We will continue to provide training and information that can help our installers educate even more building managers and owners on the importance of life safety maintenance and the correct ways to carry out this. Free download covering legal requirements for responsible persons under the FSO, courtesy of the IOSH, BIFM and USHA approved UK provider of health, safety and environmental information.
Key features: A full breakdown of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 The key actions when dealing with fire precautions & protection A complete guide to maintaining procedures and requirements within your organisation.