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IFSM publish information on performing Fire Risk Assessments during the coronavirus pandemic
Thursday 26th March 2020
Information published by IFSM 26/03/2020
Please note the IFSM (Institute of Fire Safety Managers Incorporating Life Safety Managers) have published the following information regarding performing Fire Risk Assessments during the coronavirus pandemic:
Corona Virus – Specific Information
March 26, 2020
We have received a few queries asking if fire risk assessors and those linked with the fire industry are classed as ‘key workers’.
The Institute’s clear position is in supporting the Government and the main information and guidance for employees and employers is set out on the Governments website, including definitions of ‘key workers’.
The Institute is not in a position to make individual judgements, but clearly, we are all in the business of assessing risk and therefore that call has to be with yourself, and if fire life safety issues outweigh, in any single case, the threat to life from COVID – 19 then the judgment has to rest with the individual assessor and the call should be ‘is my movement and task essential to support critical infrastructure?’. If not, [IFSM] Council advice is: – do not travel, stay at home and support crucial national infrastructure in this way.
Rest assured, [IFSM] Council members are taking this ‘time out’ to work from our isolated positions on some critical details and papers which will define the future of fire risk assessment, fire risk assessors competency and fire risk assessors themselves!
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue is advising businesses to review fire risk assessments Thursday 26th March 2020
Home Office informs the FIA about Key Worker status of fire safety personnel Monday 23rd March 2020
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