I sent this writeup to the trustees list and they suggested I send it
to this list as well:
The fire brigade visited the space this morning. Paddy and a few
others were there. I asked them to call me and one of them did.
He said that someone ("possibly disgruntled") had emailed them with a
complaint, and this was an inspection resulting from that. Obviously
he didn't go into who it was, but my impression is that it was an
attendee of the space and not someone from Workspace.
The guy was very friendly and it seemed clear that everything he
suggested were minor improvements and he wasn't forcing us to make any
* Housekeeping could probably be a bit better, but he stressed that
this is a very minor issue as long as the space isn't very busy.
* Concerns about the kitchen door getting locked and the key lost. (I
think we should get push-bars on both fire doors ASAP.)
* They mentioned in person that it "would be nice" for the exit by the
3-in-1 to be usable as a fire exit. (I believe this is not required by
the building regs.)
* Emergency lighting would be a good idea. (IMO this is a nice-to-have
and would be a bit of a pain to implement properly if we're moving out
* He was keen to see better access control for tools (not sure how
much he was aware of), which I found slightly surprising but it's
obviously not an unreasonable suggestion.
* He was interested to know exactly what the biohacking entailed - I
told him it was low-level and non-hazardous until I get a risk
assessment from the biohackers, and I'd let them know if this
situation changed. (I would like to follow this up as this is an area
I can't accurately write a risk assessment for.)
* We probably should have notified them about gas canisters (I think
this is just good practice, not statutory) - he is going to get in
contact with the local fire station and let them know. They may want
* He would like to see a fire risk assessment from us - he'll email me
about it. It's not an issue for me to write that up.
My action items here are:
* We should make a weekly fire safety check a more formal affair.
* We should be marking fire exit paths on the floor in the workshop,
and checking they're clear regularly.
* We should sort out push-bars for the back doors soon.
Trustee, London Hackspace