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Maintaining fire safety is essential for protecting the lives of people who live and work in buildings across the country. Chameleon aims to deliver optimal fire safety to provide the best protection for residents in Scotland. On this Dundee City Council project, the work was carried out by our specialist in-house fire team, who are committed to using their skills to deliver a quality service to our clients every time.

In order to ensure that the fire safety was of the highest standard, our team were appointed to carry out a full inspection of the refuse chutes, located in a multi-storey residential block. The overall goal was to assess the building’s compliance with the Fire Scotland Act 2005 and provide a risk rating and recommendations for the client to work on going forward. In general, refuse chutes installed in buildings require special attention, due to the extreme wear and tear they are subjected to daily. Therefore, to ensure that refuse chutes conform to British Standards and Building Regulations, we were required to conduct a fire risk assessment of the refuse chute and a condition assessment of refuse chute components.

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The scope of the survey was to provide the client with photographic and written evidence, along with a full compliance report and costed action plan. When surveying the building, our fire safety experts inspected all elements of the chute system installed, as well as the building where the chute was located. The primary aim of the inspection was to evaluate if the chute poses any risks to the building’s tenants, staff or the wider public, and to identify any mitigation measures to put into place for the future safety.

The refuse chute inspection was carried out using a high-quality videography system as well as tracking all work on our inspection survey app, which was configured by our team to capture all the key elements required by current regulations and the client’s specifications. We then created a fire safety report for the client, detailing the work carried out and proposed costings, the state of the refuse chute and our recommendations for any work to be carried out going forward.

To check for fire safety compliance, our team inspected the following areas:

  • All-access Bin Chute Hopper Doors to ensure they are in good working order
  • All Bin Chute smoke seals to ensure they are compliant and intact
  • Inspect, and test the Refuse Chute fire plate/damper and fusible link
  • Bin Chute for damage, penetrations or snagging
  • The Bin Room to ensure it is clear and safe from potential arson
  • Full Refuse Chute Risk Assessment which includes Bin Room analysis and Fire Risk Assessment recommendations.
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