New fire safety guidance released

The HSE has published revised guidance on “Fire Safety in Construction”.  The new guidance, freely available on HSE’s website, is about preventing fires from starting and ensuring people’s safety if they do.

Relevant to all construction projects, including small refurbishment sites, the guidance is aimed at all those with a role for developing and managing construction sites, including clients and designers. Much of what is contained in the guidance is not new, but the sections covering multi-storey buildings and high risk building such as timber frame have been strengthened to include lessons learned from recent fires.

The guidance clearly explains how all those involved in construction projects can comply with their legal duties relating to fire risks.

Recently there have been some very large fires affecting sites involving timber frame construction. The guidance contains new and detailed guidance on the fire risks and precautions which should be considered from the earliest stages of such a project.  The guidance asks that clients and designers consider carefully the specific site, location and development and the fire risks it poses to those on site and neighbouring properties and ensure those risks are minimised.

Copies of ‘Fire Safety in Construction’ are freely available for download from HSE’s Website – http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg168.htm

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