Are you aware of the recent changes to Fire Safety Law that affect the responsibilities of the ‘Responsible Person’? On the 1st October 2023, Section 156 of the Building Safety Act 2022 made changes to The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which will affect all Responsible Persons.
The changes in Fire Safety Law have been made to improve fire safety in non-domestic premises and any premises that have two or more domestic dwellings (multi-occupied residential buildings).
The Responsible Person may appoint someone to undertake or review the fire risk assessment. This person must be competent by having sufficient training, experience and knowledge. HPC has trained consultants available to carry out a fire risk assessment, please get in touch for a quote.
Some of the other changes include:
Buildings with seven or more storeys or that are 18 meters higher and either have at least two residential units or are hospitals or care homes, are now regulated by the Building Safety Regulator (BSR).
Since the 1st October 2023, these buildings are required to be registered with the BSR.
Responsible Persons for higher risk buildings must identify and co-operate with the Accountable Person (someone who is responsible for repairing or maintaining anything under leasehold). This is a new legal entity under the Building Safety Act 2022,. You can find more information on this here.
You can find more information about the role of an Accountable Person here.
The Responsible Person for multi-occupied residential buildings are required to provide all residents with fire safety information including:
In addition to the changes previously listed, the Building Safety Act has made the following changes:
An increase in fines for offences such as:
Full government details on the legislation changes can be found here.
Detailed Government guidance that explains what a Responsible Person needs to do can be found here.
At HPC we have trained, experienced and knowledgeable consultants available to ensure you are fully compliant since the legislation changes were brought in. Please get in touch with the Health and Safety team to discuss how we can assist you, including carrying out fire risk assessments and the development of fire evacuation plans.
To find out more information or if you require any advice about the changes in Fire Safety Law, get in contact with our team of experts.
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