New Fire Safety Regulations Effective From 1st October 2023

October 2023 New Fire Safety Regulations

Effective from the 1st of October 2023, updated fire safety guidelines will be implemented for all buildings falling under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO). These guidelines mark an essential milestone in the Home Office’s fire safety reform program, specifically Phase 3, aimed at enhancing fire safety measures across all FSO-regulated establishments.

Through the implementation of the new regulations, there will be notable enhancements in the collaboration and coordination among Responsible Persons (RPs). Additionally, there will be heightened obligations concerning documenting and disseminating fire safety information. The changes will also streamline the enforcement authorities’ ability to address non-compliance issues effectively. Furthermore, residents will benefit from improved access to comprehensive details regarding fire safety within their respective buildings.

Furthermore, to replace the previous guide focused on safeguarding premises from fire, three fresh fire safety guides have been published. These guides specifically target small non-domestic premises, small blocks of flats, and small sleeping accommodations. Additionally, an updated fire risk assessment checklist has been released, aiming to assist Responsible Persons in comprehending and fulfilling the new requirements.

Currently, there is no obligatory requirement for RPs to ensure the competence of individuals appointed to conduct fire risk assessments. However, the government is actively collaborating with the fire safety industry to develop a robust implementation plan. Further details regarding this initiative will be provided in the upcoming months.

 

For more information read the Government’s official┬ánews story