Definition of a Fire Safety Manager

A person employed to monitor and control management of fire safety with specific reference to controlling the risk from fire to people, property and the environment.

Duties and responsibilities to include:

A fire safety manager should be able to:

  • Recognise all fire safety features within the building and their purpose;
  • Identify all fire safety risks specific to the organisation or building;
  • Have knowledge and awareness of all fire safety features specific to the organisation or building and their purpose;
  • Identify fire safety risks specific to the organisation or building;
  • Know the requirements for emergency plans and evacuation strategies;
  • Know how to achieve compliance with legislation, including the need to commission/carry out and monitor fire risk assessments;
  • Develop and implement an organisation’s fire safety strategy and policy;
  • Develop and plan training programmes for different levels of fire safety operatives:
  • Cooperate and coordinate between different responsible persons where appropriate, and between other employees and relevant persons;
  • Monitor and mitigate unwanted fire signals and carry out the reporting of fire incidents;
  • Liaise with enforcing authorities;
  • Liaise with other managers and management;
  • Monitor inspections and maintenance of fire safety systems.
  • Develop and use control systems for contractors and other visitors to the site/building/organisation etc;

Life (Building) Safety Managers

Definition of a Life (Building) Safety Manager

A person employed to monitor and control management of fire safety with specific reference to controlling the risk from fire to people, property and the environment.

Duties and responsibilities to include:

A life/building safety manager should be able to:

  • Be the residents and building owners /responsible person(s) point of contact and communicate any issues to appropriate parties such as resident groups, owners, management companies and legally defined responsible persons, duty-holders and licence holders (where appropriate).
  • Ensure the provision to residents and occupiers of information regarding their safety in the event of a fire. This should include periodic reminders of evacuation procedures and other general fire safety information.
  • Implement measures to reduce the risk of fire on the premises and the risk of the spread of fire in the building.
  • Know how to achieve compliance with legislation including day to day management of the building in line with the fire risk assessment and building fire risk management strategy.
  • Liaise with enforcing authorities and emergency services as appropriate.
  • Carry out or be responsible for the implementation of day to day fire safety checks and activities e.g waste/refuse removal, means of escape checks, checks on passive fire safety provisions, contractors on site, portable and other firefighting equipment and be able to report and faults etc. and report findings for action.
  • Pro-actively monitor and report on all building maintenance / contracted services to ensure the requisite standards for the management and delivery of those services are upheld.
  • Undertake visual inspection of internal and external fire doors weekly/monthly. Monitor and report any faults or damage to FR doors and fixings and report findings for action.
  • Carry out weekly and monthly tests of fire warning systems and emergency escape lighting installations and record the findings.
  • Keep records of any fire equipment/systems (passive or active) testing; emergency lighting, evacuations, “fire events”, fire alarm/detection operation and maintenance issues.
  • Attend periodic meetings (where appropriate) as requested by appropriate parties such as resident groups, owners, management companies and legally defined responsible persons, duty-holders and licence holders and enforcing authorities.

Note: Key responsibilities will depend on the Purpose Group / use of the building and its occupancy.

Fire Risk Managers

Definition of a Fire Risk Manager

A person who deals with the fire risk management and the fire risk management systems for a building and deals principally with protection of property and may or may not deal with life safety.

Duties and responsibilities to include:

  • Responsible for the organisational fire risk management strategy, its scope and day to day management of it and internal audit
  • Determining the levels of competence for people working for the organisation including external contractors
  • Managing fire safety policies and strategies for processes and risks
  • Identification of weakness’s in any procedures and set up remedial programmes
  • Dealing with the verification of fire risk assessments and implementation of the action plan including carrying out regular fire safety audits
  • Implement and test Fire Evacuation procedures.
  • Liaise with external bodies to include fire authority
  • Liaise with all current stakeholders including insurance companies
  • Control of contractors on site (especially for hot work)
  • Employing external contractors for regular maintenance and testing of passive and active safety equipment and ensuring contractors are third party accredited and have on site fire safety induction training.
  • Understanding of relevant legislation and current relevant guidance
  • Coordinates actions of fire safety manager, life safety manager, building safety manager etc. including future planning
  • Organising training for staff at various levels
  • Dealing with and investigating causes of unwanted alarms