Healthcare Fire & Security Systems
Fire and security systems are a crucial element within the healthcare sector in order to protect both hospitals and surgeries. It is essential to assess to the potential threat of fire and unauthorised access, to establish not only a safe working environment for healthcare professionals but to ensure compliance and to provide the utmost security, in accordance with the duty of care to all patients.
The Importance of Healthcare Fire and Security Systems
Security in the health sector presents significant challenges due to demanding requirements and regulations.
Healthcare establishments have a number of elements to consider, including:
- Their high value facilities and equipment
- The volatile situations involving the safety and lives of people
- A diverse array of spaces, buildings and departments
- A number of people, including staff, patients, visitors and contractors to look after
In 2018, ClearView successfully completed the tender process, allowing us to become an approved supplier for ANPR and Carpark management systems for the NHS. This was achievable through our industry-leading accreditations, qualification, as well as our knowledge and experience in designing and providing bespoke security solutions.
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Security is of concern to all those using health facilities. Health care providers have the right to feel safe – providing medical care without risk, just as patients need to feel safe and relaxed in order to recover.
As targets for drug and prescription theft, hospitals and surgeries need to be more secure than ever. Hospital security is unique. However, with good planning, protection of its people and assets can be enhanced. When designing security systems, the protection of the hospital’s people, property, information and reputation requires consideration of legislation, cost and the potential for litigation.
ClearView can design, install, maintain, and monitor specialist security systems.
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Access control systems provide an extra layer of protection for health facilities and can help to ensure the safety and security of patients, staff, and visitors.
Health facilities have sensitive information and valuable assets that need to be protected and must comply with strict regulations and guidelines for access to certain areas, such as medication storage or patient records. An access control system can prevent unauthorised personnel from accessing restricted areas and help to safeguard the facility from potential theft, vandalism, or other security breaches. ClearView can design, install, and maintain all access control systems with the ability to track and monitor who enters and exits the facility, as well as specific areas within the facility.
ClearView’s automated gates and barriers will improve safety by preventing vehicles and pedestrians from entering restricted areas and can help to direct traffic flow, reducing the risk of accidents or collisions. Health facilities must comply with strict regulations and guidelines for security and access control. Gates and barriers can help the facility to remain in compliance with regulatory requirements, such as those related to restricted areas or emergency access.
As a Gate Safe installer, ClearView can install and maintain your gate and barrier systems to the highest of standards, providing you the ultimate peace of mind.
Intruder alarm systems are essential for health facilities to protect their patients, staff, and valuable assets from theft and harm. Health facilities require an intruder alarm systems to ensure the safety and security of patients, staff, and visitors. Most health facilities contain valuable medical equipment, medications, and confidential patient information, which makes them a target of theft.
ClearView can provide comprehensive intruder alarm installation, maintenance and monitoring services, where it can alert your keyholder or police response, in accordance with your insurance requirements.
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Fire Safety Systems
Fire safety systems in health facilities are required by law to be installed and maintained to specific standards. Compliance with these regulations will protect lives, prevent accidents, and avoid penalties. They provide early detection, quick response, evacuation assistance, compliance with regulations, and insurance benefits, making them a crucial investment for any health facility.
As most health facilities will contain a large number of people who are immobile or have limited mobility, it makes the means of escape in the event of a fire challenging for them. Health facilities can also store flammable materials such as oxygen tanks, medical gases, and chemicals, which makes them a high risk environment for fire. It is therefore essential to comply with all regulations and British Standards.
Fire safety systems are vital for health facilities to protect all their patients, staff, and valuable assets from fire. As an NSI Gold and BAFE accredited company we can design, install, maintain, and monitor all your fire safety systems in health facilities to guarantee compliance with all regulations and British Standards, and the full working order of the systems.
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All health facilities are required by law to have fire alarm systems installed and maintained to specific standards. Compliance with these regulations will protect lives, prevent accidents, and possible avoid legal action. Fire alarms are designed to detect the presence of smoke, heat, or flames, and alert occupants of the building to the potential fires, making them an important investment for all health facilities.
ClearView can design, install, maintain, and monitor you fire alarm system to ensure full compliance and the ultimate safety of your premises.
Fire extinguishers will extinguish small fires before they progress into larger and more dangerous fires. Regular servicing of fire extinguishers ensures that they are fully functional and in good condition, which is crucial in the event of an emergency.
Health facilities have a legal obligation to comply with fire safety regulations, such as the British Standards BS 5306-3:2017, to protect the safety of patients, staff, and visitors.
At ClearView, we offer health facilities throughout the UK, professional fire extinguisher installation, commissioning, and maintenance services. Our comprehensive site survey allows us to determine the appropriate fire extinguishers needed to meet the British Standards BS 5306-3:2017 compliance requirements.
Emergency lighting is essential in any building or facility to ensure occupants’ safety and compliance with fire safety regulations. Standard lighting may become unavailable in a power outage or fire, making it difficult for people to see and safely exit the building. Emergency lighting provides a reliable illumination source to guide people to safety and reduce the risk of injury or loss of life.
The emergency lighting system must be serviceable to ensure means of escape and escape routes are visible in an emergency or as a backup when the primary lighting fails. To safeguard people and prevent life, the responsible person has a statutory duty of care to ensure a “suitable system of maintenance” is in place.
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Passive Fire Protection
Our third-party accreditation with the IFC allows us to provide passive fire protection solutions, including fire stopping installations, fire door installations, fire door repair, fire door maintenance, and inspections to help healthcare facilities protect patients, staff, expensive equipment, buildings, and meet all their legal requirements and fully comply with relevant British Standards.
Our dedication lies in delivering certified, high quality fire door and fire stopping products sourced from trusted UK manufacturers, each product is individually tested for compliance with relevant British Standards.
Incorporating Passive Fire Protection measures is a crucial element in ensuring structural fire safety. In compliance with UK building regulations, all new buildings and refurbishments are required to include Passive Fire Protection measures.
Your Healthcare Fire & Security Questions Answered
Fire and security systems are essential in health facilities because they not only ensure compliance with all legislation and British Standards, but they help protect patients, staff, and visitors. These systems also protect the facility and its equipment from damage or loss due to fire, theft, or other security threats.
All fire safety regulations are covered by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO). This Legislation applies to all workplaces and the common parts of buildings containing two or more domestic premises. It places legal duties on anyone in control of these premises (the Responsible Person – usually the owner or landlord) to carry out a fire risk assessment and put in place and maintain general fire precautions.
There is technical guidance covering fire safety requirements and precautions within the healthcare environment and NHS under the Health technical memoranda (HTM) 05-03. This covers the best practice guidance and recommendations of the following:
- Part A – General fire safety
- Part B – Fire detection and alarm systems
- Part C – Textiles and furnishings
- Part D – Commercial enterprises on hospital premises
- Part E – Escape lifts in healthcare premises
- Part F – Arson prevention in NHS premises
- Part G – Laboratories on healthcare premises
- Part H – Reducing false alarms in hospital premises
- Part J – Guidance on fire engineering of healthcare premises
- Part K – Guidance on fire risk assessments in complex healthcare premises
- Part M – Fire Safety in Atria
Fire and security systems are designed to protect health facilities from fire, theft, vandalism, and other security threats. These systems may include fire alarms, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, fire doors, CCTV systems, access control systems, and intruder detection systems.
In accordance with BAFE, fire detection and alarm systems, a service by a competent provider is recommended every six months to comply with BS 5839-1 (the British Standard for fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings in non-domestic premises). The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, states you should test your fire detection and alarm systems regularly to ensure they are in an efficient state and in full working order.
Fire extinguisher and emergency lighting systems it is recommended to be serviced at least once per annum.
Regarding the testing and servicing frequency of security systems, ClearView will carry out two preventative maintenances per annum for all alarm systems, such and intruder detection, as well as on automated gates and barriers (in accordance with Gate Safe). All other security systems is one maintenance visit per annum. Contact ClearView for more information on our service and maintenance packages. .
Some common challenges associated with fire and security systems in health facilities include the cost of installation and maintenance, the need for ongoing training and education for staff and visitors, and the need for effective communication and coordination among different departments and personnel responsible for managing these systems. Security in the health sector presents significant challenges due to demanding requirements and regulations. ClearView can help ensure your facility is fully compliant with up to date legislation and British Standards.
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Health Facilties Fire and Security Systems
Secure your health facility with our state-of-the-art fire and security solutions. Our team of experts will collaborate with you to design, implement, and maintain a comprehensive system that aligns with the stringent standards of healthcare facilities.