New Fire Safety Regulations Coming Into Force Next Month: Are You Prepared?

18 September 2023

New fire safety regulations are on the horizon, increasing the importance of thorough Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs) and requiring more stringent measures. As the countdown to their implementation continues, it’s essential to ask ourselves: are you prepared? In a world where fire safety is of paramount importance, staying informed and taking proactive measures can make all the difference in ensuring the safety of people and their assets. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the upcoming fire safety regulations, what they mean for you, and how Total Fire Group can help you tackle the ever-changing industry landscape. 

What Regulations Are Coming?

Starting from the 1st October 2023, the UK Government are implementing Phase 3 of the Home Office’s fire safety reform programme. The programme – which includes the already implemented phases 1 & 2 – is a response to the tragedies that occurred at Grenfell Tower in 2017. These regulations aim to:

  • Make it easier for authorities to take action on those not complying
  • Encourage better cooperation from responsible persons
  • Give residents better access to information about their building’s fire safety
  • Introduce more stringent requirements with regards to record-keeping

What These Regulations Entail

The regulations place particular importance on conducting more thorough FRAs than ever before. This means, among other changes, recording all findings regardless of whether they are deemed significant or not. 

Another change is who can complete FRAs. The responsible person for a property (RP) can only employ someone deemed competent to assist them in completing assessments – and if there are more than one person employed it becomes the RP’s responsibility to ensure adequate communication between them.

On top of these changes, RPs for residential buildings will have to meet higher standards with regards to the information they give to residents. This information means residents feel knowledgeable and empowered to challenge any policies they feel don’t prioritise their safety.

What can you do to prepare?

These new regulations may seem daunting but, with the right preparations, your fire safety system can help you not only comply but go above and beyond to provide the best safety possible:

Total Fire Group have over 16 years of experience helping Responsible People to adapt to changing requirements when it comes to Fire Risk Assessments. Our risk-based system not only takes into account possible breaches of regulation but other risks that could pose future problems to your business. 

Find out more about our fire risk assessment services on our website or contact us to find out how we can support your business through regulation changes and beyond. 

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