The communal parts of a block of flats will be required to provide a safe environment for residents, visitors, contractors on-site and any employees such as a porter or caretaker. The communal parts may require a residential risk assessment.
Providing and maintaining a safe means of escape in the event of fire is paramount, as is controlling general hazards which may arise in a residential environment.
Common mishaps in residential environments include:
- obstructed fire routes
- rapid fire spread
- slips, trips and falls
- electrical hazards
The law requires that any management committee or managing agents in control of the common areas of a block of flats, must hold valid and up-to-date health & safety documentation.
For communal residential environments, the required documents are: