DOMESTIC SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM REGULATIONS TO BE UPDATED

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Carbon monoxide (CO) gas is produced by the incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels, such as gas, oil, wood and coal. When the gas enters the body it prevents the blood from bringing oxygen to cells, tissues, and organs. The gas is colourless, odourless and tasteless and the effects can be similar to many common ailments such as food poisoning, viral … Read More

PIB Risk Management feature in ARMA UK latest magazine

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PIB Risk Management are featured in ARMA UK’s latest AQD magazine, with a double page spread on “Understanding Issues with Combustible Materials in External Wall Systems in High Rise Residential Buildings and the Impact of EWS1 Forms.” David Plowman, Head of Property Engineering Risk, discusses the risks of combustible materials in external wall systems in high rise residential buildings, and … Read More

GUIDANCE FOR DOMESTIC FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS IN WALES

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Building regulations and The Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure require new residential premises in Wales to be provided with automatic fire suppression. As well as traditional sprinkler systems, there are a number of alternative or innovative fire suppression systems available. Whatever system is used it is important that it is designed and tested for use in domestic and residential buildings … Read More

PROVIDING PREMISES INFORMATION BOXES FOR HIGH RISE BUILDINGS

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The Phase 1 report of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry made a number of recommendations including the provision of information for fire services and premises information boxes for all high rise residential buildings. Premises information boxes themselves are not new and have been used by a variety of premises to provide a secure, readily accessible storage facility for information for firefighters … Read More

CHANGING FIRE SAFETY REGULATIONS

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The key piece of legislation covering fire safety regulation in most non-domestic premises (e.g. workplaces) in England and Wales is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. A number of changes are due to be made to this regulation under the Building Safety Bill which was recently launched on its journey through parliament. Changes due to be introduced by the … Read More

DESIGNING FOR BETTER FIRE SAFETY IN SCHOOLS

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In 2007 the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) published Building Bulletin (BB) 100, “Design for Fire Safety in Schools”. This document provides fire safety design guidance for schools (including nursery schools, primary and secondary schools, including sixth form colleges, academies and city technology colleges, special schools and pupil referral units) in England and Wales. BB100 includes guidance on complying with Building … Read More

FIRE SAFETY BILL PASSED

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The Fire Safety Bill, which was launched in March 2020, finally received Royal Assent on 29th April 2021 following agreement on the text by both Houses of Parliament. The act will come into force in England on a date appointed by the Secretary of State, and by Welsh Ministers in Wales. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 sets out … Read More

FIRE SAFETY CONSULTATION OUTCOME PUBLISHED

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Between July to October 2020 the government ran a consultation looking at proposals to strengthen the Fire Safety Order, implement Grenfell Tower Inquiry recommendations and strengthen the regulatory framework for how building control bodies consult with Fire and Rescue Authorities. The outcome of this consultation and the plans for the next steps the government intends to take have now been … Read More

BUILDING SAFETY REGULATOR GETS A CHIEF INSPECTOR

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The Building Safety Regulator announced as part of Building Safety Bill published in July 2020 is a key component of the Government’s reforms of the building safety system following the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the recommendations made in the subsequent review of building regulation and fire safety The HSE have been given the task of setting up the Building Safety … Read More

ADAPTING FIRE PRECATIONS DURING A PANDEMIC

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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the need to keep workplaces safe has brought many changes to the way we work, with many people now working from home or extra hygiene and measures to support social distancing being put in place in workplaces. Some of the measures put in place to control Covid have implications for fire safety and a number … Read More