A fire safety industry leader has called for consistency in guidance for landlords and building owners as the Make Britain's Buildings Safe initiative gathers momentum.

The campaign, led by Exova Warringtonfire in collaboration with a group of industry leading organisations and MPs, aims to develop voluntary guidance for the 'responsible person' which can help them meet the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Jonathan O'Neill, Managing Director of the Fire Protection Association, said: "Our call to the industry is for consistency - we want clear guidance available across the board especially for the average building owner or landlord who is expected to make important decisions about fire risk assessment."

And Jonathan Herrick, lead of the Chief Fire Officers' Association Regulators' Guidance group, said: "This can help with our work for all fire brigades, a generic guide which can support fire safety at all levels. We are happy to support this initiative because it is so important."

Chris Hughes, Certification Manager Exova Warringtonfire, said: "We believe this activity has identified gaps in the information being provided under the terms of the Order and we believe it is worth providing a document which can help the responsible person, and ultimately the whole chain of responsibility."

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the 'responsible person' − that is the employer, person who has control of the premises or owner − must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain preventive and protective fire safety measures.

The responsible person must 'make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to which relevant persons are exposed' for the purpose of identifying the general fire precautions he needs to take.

The cross-industry group has agreed to explore ways of further developing voluntary guidance for the responsible person which could be developed as a form of building management guidance for the longer term.

The group was unanimous in its support for a guidance document when it met recently in Westminster and the issue is being raised with the all-party parliamentary fire safety group and the Fire Sector Partnership. A new dedicated online microsite has been created at http://tinyurl.com/cnbun94 

 

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 1815 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: andrew.lynch@pavpub.com