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Guidance

Fire safety - Risk assessment in residential care premises (SHTM 84)

Published on 07 April 2003

From: Health Facilities Scotland

SHTM 84 v3.0 Apr 2003 NHSScotland ‘Firecode’ Scottish Health Technical Memorandum 84 Fire risk assessment in residential care premises.

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SHTM 84 v3.0 Apr 2003 NHSScotland ‘Firecode’ Scottish Health Technical Memorandum 84 Fire risk assessment in residential care premises This document provides recommendations and guidance to address the special requirements of fire safety in residential type premises used to provide care for NHSScotland patients. It also provides guidance on assessing fire precautions in new and existing premises. In preparing the guidance it has been assumed that when the premises were built or converted, they complied with the relevant standards applicable current at the time of approval. The assessment process assesses some precautions against the requirements of the Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations.

These are:

  • surface finishes;
  • travel distances;
  • stairways;
  • emergency lighting;
  • structural elements;
  • compartmentation;
  • sub–division of cavities.

SHTM 84 also provides guidance on the issues listed below and has been updated to reflect the requirements of current legislation and British Standards.

  • detection and alarm systems;
  • textiles and furniture;
  • fire safety training;
  • bedding and sleepware;
  • fire signs and notices;
  • manual fire-fighting equipment

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