Fire risk assessments for Church of England retirement homes

Church of England Pensions BoardSafelincs has undertaken fire risk assessments for retirement homes operated by the Church of England Pensions Board.
There are seven supported housing schemes around the country in the Midlands, West Sussex, Devon, Gloucestershire, Surrey, North Yorkshire and Lancashire. Each has approximately 30 self-contained flats for retired members of the clergy. In addition, all of them have large kitchens where communal meals are prepared, chapels, small offices, dining rooms and most of them also have residents’ lounges.
Under the Regulatory Fire Safety Order 2005 it is a requirement for all employers or owners of premises to carry out a fire risk assessment (FRA) for every workplace or premises for which they are responsible.

One of Safelincs’ professional fire risk assessors visited each of the seven locations, undertook a site analysis, recorded the findings and explained them to the person with responsibility for each site. The assessments looked at measures to reduce the risk of fire on the premises, reducing any potential spread of fire and the effective means of escape should a fire break out. Hazards were identified and eliminated or reduced.

A written FRA report was produced along with the necessary forms to allow each site to update its report in the future and to document any corrective actions that were carried out.

Safelincs obtained the work through the Parish Buying website, operated by the Church of England, which offers negotiated rates from core suppliers contracted by the Church of England on behalf of parishes, church schools and other church organisations. Safelincs is the selected supplier for all fire safety and H+S items and services. This includes a range of over 3500 fire safety products, such as fire safes, fire doors and fire alarm systems.

Ian Grace, Supported Housing Operations Manager for the Church of England Pensions Board commented: “Safelincs staff were courteous, easy to do business with and completed the work in a timely fashion.”

Safelincs rated ‘Excellent’ by Church of England customers

parish-buyingSafelincs are the contracted fire safety and H&S provider of the Church of England and the Church in Wales through their collaborative buying platform ParishBuying. We provide all fire safety products and services required in Churches, church schools, parishes, church buildings and offices as well as general H&S products such as first aid, PPE and winter safety products. Generous discounts for all Church organisations have been negotiated on top of the already competitive Safelincs internet prices.

The Church of England and the Church in Wales recently asked all their members about feedback about their service providers and Safelincs came out with the highest possible rating. Customers commented that Safelincs are ‘extremely helpful’, satisfied their needs entirely and that the service was ‘excellent’.

We are of course very proud about this feedback which has strengthened our philosophy of providing a personal service and best support on a nationwide scale.

The findings of the survey match the findings of our independent third-party ratingprovider, Trustpilot, which confirms our ‘excellent’ rating.

Safelincs to supply the Church of England buying platform

The Church of England has just launched a new central collaborative purchasing platform, Parish Buying, providing a wide range of products ranging from office supplies to energy contracts to over 14000 C of E churches, schools and communitiy groups. One of the product ranges is fire safety and Safelincs is proud to announce to having won the tender for the supply of all fire safety products and services, as well as all health & safety (H&S) supplies.

Church organisations benefit from substantially discounted prices and strong customer support. Some of our product ranges offer unique benefits not available from other suppliers. One example is the new Fireworld extinguisher range which is guaranteed for ten years and does not require maintenance through external engineers. These extinguishers, which have been approved by the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, will allow C of E groups to save substantial amounts over the years.

More information about the buying portal can be found on Parish Buying