Outputs are produced following the activities undertaken.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service use the national fire safety audit process developed by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) to complete comprehensive inspections of buildings. This process ensures consistent, auditable and transparent enforcement that can be challenged. This audit system looks at the level of compliance across a range of areas required by the legislation and produces an enforcement option that ranges from verbal advice to the issue of an enforcement notice.
The chart below shows the number of fire safety audits completed and their results over the last four years.
In 2015/16 we completed 167 fire safety audits which represented a 15% increase on 2014/15.
|Number of premises audited||355||217||145||167|
|Requiring informal activity||289||165||109||122|
|Requiring formal activity||12||9||9||5|
The graph below shows the number of prohibition notices (i.e. formal activity) that were issued to restrict either access to or use of a premises.
|Prohibition notices issued||4||5||1||4|
|Number referred for prosecution||1||0||0||0|
Accurate targeting of our activity should ensure all premises we visit require some form of informal or formal action. If this is the case then we are making the highest risk properties safer and enabling those premises that are safer, and who comply with the law, to continue with their day to day business.
Examples of formal activity:
Please note: More than one notice can be issued on a single premises, for example an Enforcement Notice stipulating a time scale for work to be completed and additionally a Prohibition Notice, stopping use of a particular area of the building. Also audits and the outcomes for them can stretch over a period of time.