British Standards - Fire Risk Assessment

British Standards for Fire Risk Assessment


The numerous standards, British Standards, codes of practice, European Union (EU CE), building regulations, Scottish Government Guides, HSE (fire) and amendments would probably fill the Glasgow concert hall in paper form.

Listed, below are the current fire safety standards, which are considered when applying the Fire Risk Assessment methodology.

Bear in mind that existing buildings may only be subject to previous standards applied at the time of construction.

Standards List

Fire Extinguishers

Portable fire extinguishers: BS 5306-3: 2017 – Fire extinguishing installations and equipment on premises. Commissioning and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers.

Code of practice.

Emergency Lighting: BS 5266-1. Code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises.

Fire Detection systems: Domestic: British Standards BS 5839-6:2019

Commercial: BS 5839-1:2017 Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings – Part 1: Code of practice for design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of systems in non-domestic premises.

Periodic inspection report for an electrical installation (BS 7671: 2008).

Signage: BS Standards relevant to fire warning signs. BS 5499-1:2002 Graphical symbols and signs. BS 5499-2:1986 Fire safety signs, notices and graphic symbols. BS 5499-4:2000 Safety signs, including fire safety signs. BS 5499-5:2002 Graphical symbols and signs.

Gas Safety: Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 as amended; 4 Apr 2018 – It is for anyone who may have a duty under the regulations, including those who install, service, maintain or repair gas appliances and other gas fittings. This fifth edition has been revised to incorporate the amendments made by SI 2018/139 Gas Safety (Installation and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2018.

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) place a duty on employers to ensure the work equipment they own, operate, and have control over is safe to use at all times. It applies to any place of work within Great Britain whenever work equipment is used or available for use within a business premises (Fire extinguisher training).


The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations

2002, as amended, is a United Kingdom Statutory Instrument.