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    PAS 79 – Fire Risk Assessment

    You may be aware that British Standards Institute (BSI) have recently revised their fire risk assessment standard – PAS 79. PAS standards for Publicly Accessible Standard and, like all their other standards, is available for a price. Now, you might think we are already swimming in guidance for fire risk assessment. I mean, there’s the very good free stuff (Fire Safety Risk Assessment series) from the UK Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Though now elderly (much from 2006) it is still widely used and applicable, not least because it is free, accessible, relatively short, and focused on specific types of premises. The step-wise approach to fire risk assessment…

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    Loftstedt Chapter 2 – Evidence

    In Chapter 2 of the Loftstedt report (see previous blogs), Loftstedt sets out his guiding principles for the review. Since he’s a professor and has a reputation to think of, he’s unashamedly abandoned to an evidence-based approach. Not all decisions need to be justified by verifiable evidence. Neither is evidence the whole of decision making. Some judgement, consideration of socio-economic factors, as well as any number of reasonable assumptions will be needed. Note that in science (or even social science) open mindedness is important. Evidence is gathered to aid decision making rather than gathered to support a decision that has already been made. This does not preclude the adoption of…