Last reviewed 16 December 2020

The Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) has announced that two BSI Fire Risk Assessment Codes of Practice have been revised and are now available.

Both costing £125 from BSI (British Standards Institution), the two Codes are PAS 79-1:2020 Fire Risk Assessment. Premises Other Than Housing and PAS 79-2:2020 Fire Risk Assessment. Housing.

PAS 79-1 was last revised in 2012 and provided generic fire risk assessment guidance.

However, BSI explained, the housing sector wanted more housing-specific recommendations to be developed. It was therefore decided to revise PAS 79, updating the existing PAS (Publicly Available Specification) and renaming it as Part 1, while introducing a new, housing-specific Part 2.

Consequently, PAS 79-1 gives recommendations on how to carry out fire risk assessments that will protect the occupants of non-domestic premises, including employees, contractors, visitors and members of the public, while the new PAS 79-2 gives recommendations for domestic premises.

PAS 79-2 gives recommendations and corresponding examples of documentation for undertaking and recording the significant findings of fire risk assessments in housing premises and parts of housing premises for which fire risk assessments are required by legislation.

It also gives recommendations for fire risk assessments that are outside the scope of fire safety legislation but are designed to protect residents of blocks of flats, sheltered housing and extra care housing in the event of a fire in their own flat.