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Changes to Fire Safety Legislation England and Wales

BY Douglas Cameron
Health & Safety

The Government has issued a Consultation on proposals to strengthen We are seeking views on proposals to strengthen the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and improve compliance.

Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Report requires a change in law to place new requirements on building owners or managers of multi-occupied residential buildings, (mainly high-rise buildings)

In addition, some other aspects are interesting:

  • aim to strengthen how building control bodies consult with Fire and Rescue Authorities including the provision of fire safety related information
  • enhance fire risk assessments and record the identity of the responsible person for all buildings
  • introduce competence requirements for fire risk assessors
  • improve resident’s rights to access the safety information of their buildings
  • increase penalties for offences
  • fire and rescue services to charge fees for enforcement activity like HSE and FFI (Fee for Intervention)

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