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An emergency evacuation procedure is part of a fire safety management system (FSMS) comprising of various policies and procedures assisting in the development of fire safety management and identifying fire risks within a facility.
In previous bulletins, we have explained how the bulk of current of fire safety legislation is confusing and, in some cases, contradictory. We have also described the probable impact of pending changes in fire safety law.
The management of fire safety within buildings is an area that must now receive greater priority. Due to the often complex nature of modern building design, the ever increasing use of fire engineered solutions and the sophisticated protection systems which are utilised to achieve an acceptable level of safety, it is unsurprising that confusion may occur during the lifetime of a building for those persons responsible for managing the building and the safety of its occupants.
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA - 1995 as amended by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005) came into force on the 2nd of December 1996, and made requirements on employers and service providers relating to the provision of disabled access into and around buildings.
An Introduction to BS 5588: Part 12: Fire precautions in the design, construction and use of buildings - Managing fire safety When developing specifications for new-build and refurbishment projects, building designers and the design team rarely consider fire precautions beyond the Building Control approvals stage. The architect’s sole task is to design a building to meet the client’s aesthetic and functional demands. All involved assume that if prescriptive fire safety standards are met, then the design duty is similarly met. But fire safety is a process that concerns the whole ‘life cycle’ of the building, from design through the various occupancies and uses to which the building is put for the whole of its working life.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order I hear that there’s going to be a new fire safety act - what’s the reason for this? The government published a consultation document - ‘Fire Safety Legislation for the Future’ - more than five years ago. This was followed in July 2002 by a further consultation document from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), ‘Amending various Acts and statutory instruments to simplify, rationalise and consolidate the law with respect to fire safety in buildings in use’. The ODPM is the Government department responsible for fire safety.
In our previous Bulletin, Fire Safety Reform Are you Ready?, we looked at imminent changes proposed to fire safety legislation in this country. We discussed the likely form of the legislation and in order to prepare for the obligations imposed on employers and building managers, we discussed the need for robust fire safety strategies to be put in place.
Substantial change is imminent. The proposed sweeping reform of general fire safety legislation in England and Wales will affect employers and virtually all those responsible for non-domestic premises. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRO) for England and Wales is expected in spring 2004. It will attempt to simplify, rationalise and consolidate existing legislation.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister aims to introduce this Order to Parliament later this year and, subject to Parliamentary approval, the reforms are expected to come into force by Autumn 2004.The latest Professional Bulletin from LWF answers all your questions about the proposed new legislation. It explains how the new Order will complement existing fire legislation, and the effect it will have on current measures such as fire certificates and risk assessments. Other issues covered include- Fire risk assessments - how these will change Who will enforce this new legislation - and how Responsibility for on-site contractors Alterations to premises - implications
Commissioning and handing over are two terms often used interchangeably – as if they mean the same thing. There is certainly much confusion about these two very important phases of an installation project. Such misunderstandings can lead to bitter conflict between client and contractor.