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21/01/2015 / Graham Lowe

THE LOGBOOK’S PLACE IN YOUR FIRE SAFETY STORY

Having a reliable fire safety and emergency lighting system in full working order is crucial for meeting regulatory requirements and ensuring a safe environment for your building’s users. A vital part of this is making sure that all systems are regularly tested and assessed, following legal requirements.

Carrying out regular equipment tests and maintenance is a key aspect of compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO), for which accurate records must be kept. Not only is this to demonstrate due diligence to the authorities in the event of an audit, but it’s to help you devise the most effective fire risk strategy for your building and its occupants.

The British Standards Institution (BSI) goes even further in its BS 5839-1:2013 standard for fire detection and alarms systems, recommending facilities managers keep this data in one logbook. This is, quite simply, a book containing any relevant documents about the type and aftercare requirements of the fire safety and emergency lighting technology installed in the building, as well as records relating to tests, false alarms and maintenance.

Keeping all this information together in a logbook situated within a specialised document box adjacent to the fire control panel can help you meet the BSI’s exacting standards, while also making it much easier for you to keep track of the performance and state of your building’s fire safety systems.

This is precisely why we have produced our own logbooks for our customers. Our logbooks provide space to detail premises management procedures, technology information, as well as record the outcomes of tests and maintenance programmes over a period of three years, helping you to meet the rigorous requirements of BS5839-1:2013 and similar standards.

Every building has its own particular needs when it comes to fire safety and emergency lighting technology, but in every case facilities managers have to ensure they keep comprehensive records of their equipment tests and maintenance. Having the most up-to-date and comprehensive logbooks available to you can help give you the peace of mind that your building and its fire safety technology are not just compliant with regulations, but also offer optimum safety and security for building occupants.

If you’d like to find out more about Hochiki Europe’s logbooks, visit our web site at www.hochikieurope.com or watch our short explanatory video on our YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/Hi2-7aPbXto . You can also contact Hochiki Europe on 0044 (0)1634 266 566, or email e-marketing@hochikieurope.com.

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