A recent HMM survey, co-sponsored by FireDNA on ‘Revisiting the approach to Fire Safety in Social Housing’ has given us a good snapshot and some great insight into what percentage of Housing Associations, Social Housing, Local Authorities, House Builders and Private Landlords are actively ‘digitally capturing’ data on the compliance of their Fire Door assets in-line with the latest Building Safety Act Legislation.

We asked over 100 survey participants, who ranged from organisation Directors and Development Project Managers through to Housing Officers, House Builders, Surveyors, Maintenance Workers, and Private Landlords the following questions…

In-line with the new and forthcoming Building Safety Act legislation, all Fire Door Assets have to be ‘digitally catalogued’, and that ‘compliance status data’ made easily accessible to all stakeholders. Does your current system/approach allow you to do any of the following:

•  Easily share data with your Tenants/Residents? – 44% said YES, 56% said NO

•  Assign maintenance or remedial teams to undertake essential works, and enable them to update the ‘live status’ of that asset, with photographic evidence, while onsite? – 43% said YES, 57% said NO

•  Provide a simple, easy-to-use and ‘cost effective’ way to undertake on-going quarterly or yearly inspections, with all data being automatically uploaded to the cloud, with or without an onsite WiFi connection? – 42% said YES, 58% said NO

•  ‘Digitally comply’ with the new Regulation 10 and BS8644-1 and be ready for the forthcoming ‘Section 156 Amendments’ which come into force on October 1st 2023? – 39% said YES, 61% said NO

•  Create a digital ‘Golden Thread’ of information across the full lifecycle of your assets, and instantly output detailed Word, Excel and PDF Reports, showing the current ‘live status’ of each asset? – 35% said YES, 65% said NO

•  Store the data in the cloud, and allow permitted users to scan a QR Code or NFC Tag to see/access the latest compliance status for individual Fire Doors? – 30% said YES, 70% said NO

The survey also revealed that for the majority of these organisations the main cause of Fire Risk Assessment failures was due to ‘Broken Fire Doors’ which was around 40%, compared to other assessment failure issues such as ‘Holes in Walls – 24%’, ‘Ageing Products – 21%’ etc.

You can download a full copy of our joint survey report here