Fire risk from school maintenance or building works

Supporting schools to manage fire risks when undertaking construction or maintenance activities involving hot works such as roof repairs

Any construction activity involving hot works has the potential to cause a serious fire, therefore they should only be undertaken when all other options have been considered first.

Fire can be a particular hazard in refurbishment and maintenance work when there is a lot of dry timber or other flammable materials present.

This document is a signposting document that raises awareness of a school and contractor’s legal health and safety duties as they apply to the fire risks created by the contractor’s hot work activities.

The document includes links to helpful advice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). HSE is the Regulatory Enforcing Authority.

Published 18 November 2016