Our approach to fire safety

We take the safety of our residents, staff and visitors seriously. We’ve comprehensive controls in place regarding fire safety and we review and test these on a regular basis.

The thoughts of everyone at Optivo remains with all those affected by the Grenfell fire. Since the tragedy, we’ve re-examined our safety systems to ensure we have the most robust procedures in place.

We’ve done this with the support of our residents. We have a full picture of our homes, our future liabilities and exposure to risk.

Our Board, together with our Resident Strategy Group, receive regular reports from our Director of Compliance and ensure we’re meeting all new statutory requirements.

Hackitt Programme Board

We’ve set up a programme board to implement the recommendations from Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of building regulations and fire safety, and subsequent changes in legislation and regulation.

This group challenges how we manage large and complex buildings.

High rise residential buildings

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) now requires housing providers to inspect the cladding on blocks of six storeys and over - we are progressing well with this. Where necessary we are taking samples from the external wall systems and testing for combustibility

Blocks with Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding have had this removed and replaced with an approved alternative.

Our commitment

We continue to strive for the highest standards when it comes to fire safety.

  • We’ve completed all Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs) for all our blocks. And we’ve completed new FRAs for all our high rise blocks. All resulting actions from these inspections are being completed and are regularly monitored by our Health and Safety group, Operational Performance Team and Board
  • Each building has its own Fire Risk Assessment. Contact us if you would like to receive a copy of the risk assessment report for your building
  • We’ve validated the competency of all of our fire risk assessors who have completed FRAs on our behalf. And we’ve completed validation checks in relation to the accuracy of our FRAs
  • Signed a new Primary Authority Partnership with the London Fire Brigade which will provide greater consistency when dealing with Fire Regulators
  • Reviewed our major work procedures to ensure new FRAs are obtained where work could impact upon the fire integrity of our buildings.
  • Joined the G15 Grenfell Response Group. Actions from this group are included within our fire action plan
  • We have created a dedicated Fire Safety Team to manage and audit all aspects of fire safety overseen by our Head of Fire Safety & Special Projects
  • We are working with the Fire and Rescue Service who undertake audits on our blocks and make recommendations which we implement.
  • You can obtain a copy of the Fire Risk Assessment for your block, free of charge, by contacting us.
If you have a concern about fire safety please contact us.

Scruitiny Review

Residents are at the heart of everything we do and the feedback we receive makes a huge difference to how we deliver our services.

This is reflected in the work of our Scrutiny Panel, which is made up of a group of residents who carry out reviews of our services.

Most recently, the panel chose to review fire safety communication and take an in-depth look at this subject.

For more information, read our Fire Safety Communication report here.


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