Developed in conjunction with current users of its asset management system, ECMK has launched a new system for housing providers to manage their fire risk assessments (FRA) of residential communal areas in their housing stock.
ECMK’s Fire Risk Assessment Manager is intended to make it easier for housing providers to meet the demands of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Current legislation means that housing providers must carry out fire safety assessments and implement and maintain a fire management plan for all common areas for flats and houses in their stock.
ECMK said that although the requirement is clear, the reporting format and underlying data is not prescribed so each RSL may have its own template with a custom set of questions. ECMK’s software contains a default template which is based on the suggested layout in PAS79:2007, but custom templates can also be created to suit individual needs.
FRA Manager provides browser-based access using Microsoft Silverlight so that users can create and manage action plans, view dashboards to see outstanding actions, and create contractors’ spreadsheets from templates for data collection by third parties.
ECMK’s working group on the project included representatives from B3Living (formerly Broxbourne Housing), Network Stadium, One Housing and Rochdale Boroughwide Housing.
Shaun Harrison, senior project manager, B3Living, said, “We are pleased to be working with ECMK on its development of the new Fire Risk Assessment Manager, which will help us with our compliance with the Fire Safety Order 2005.”