Guidelines for Premises Management Compliant with BS 5839-1

Updated guidelines for premises management in compliance with BS 5839-1

From our colleagues at Barbour EHS.

Published by the FIA, this document sets out essential guidance for premises management concerning fire detection and fire alarm systems in non-domestic premises, in accordance with BS 5839-1.

Appointing a designated person to oversee system compliance, testing, and record-keeping in collaboration with service providers is crucial, alongside routine checks of the system and user training. This, coupled with weekly and monthly testing ensures system familiarity and functionality, for continued optimal system performance.

The responsibilities of premises management are explained; namely:

  • Designation of a named premises manager.
  • Servicing and maintenance agreement.
  • Documentation management.
  • Daily check of control panel.
  • Clear space around detectors and manual call points.
  • Training and instruction.

Compliance with these responsibilities is essential for ensuring the effective and reliable operation of fire detection and fire alarm systems in non-domestic premises.

February 2024


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User responsibilities, fire detection and fire alarm systems

Our Comment

The guidance is aimed at improving the management of fire alarm systems in non domestic premises by appointing a designated person to coordinate all testing and maintenance activities.  This is hoped to avoid the common approach taken by some property occupiers that ‘these routine activities are the responsibility of their contractors only.

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