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UK fire risk assessment standard PAS 79 revised for 2012

11 October 2012

The British Standards Institution has updated its specification relating to reducing the risk from fire and ensuring there is a safe means of escape in non-domestic buildings. PAS 79 provides a structured approach to fire risk assessment and is described as “essential” for fire professionals carrying out fire risk assessments in any capacity.

The updates to PAS 79 have been drafted by fire safety consultants CS Todd & Associates Ltd, who have been involved since PAS 79’s inception.

The revision take into account changes to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, according to the BSI’s Shirley Bailey-Wood.

Key changes to the 2012 edition include:

The document has been backed by representatives of the Fire Industry Association (FIA), Fire Protection Association (FPA) and the Institution of Fire Engineers.

The guidance provides a structured approach to the subject and, if properly completed, should satisfy the requirements of the law and enforcing authorities.The methodology provides for the mitigation of fires as well as for control measures if a fire should occur. It will also provide a common and consistent approach to risk assessment across an organisation's building stock. 

The Chief Fire Officers Assocaition (CFOA) encourages consistency in both enforcing authorities and those that have to comply with fire safety requirements.

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