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October 11, 2023


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Comelit-PAC’s support for changing fire safety legislation

With new fire legislation in force, Comelit-PAC’s specialist team is ready to offer the necessary support for Responsible Persons (RPs) and ensure full compliance.

The provisions of section 156 of the Building Safety Act 2022 (BSA) introduce a number of changes to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO.)

As phase 3 of the Home Office’s fire safety reform programme, it marks a significant step forward in requirements.

It aims to:

  • Enable better cooperation and coordination among Responsible Persons (RPs)
  • Increase requirements surrounding the recording and sharing of fire safety information, creating a continual record throughout a building’s lifespan
  • Make it easier for enforcement authorities to take action against non-compliance
  • Ensure residents have access to comprehensive information about fire safety in their building

The need to provide enforcing authorities with a comprehensive understanding of the premises’ fire safety precautions encourages a focus on transparency and accountability. This is throughout the assessment process between RPs, residents and other relevant parties.

The duties of Responsible Persons under Section 156

Under the new Building Safety Act 2022, fire safety arrangements must be clearly documented and available instantly on request, demonstrating stringent fire safety management.

RPs must maintain updated contact information, including a UK-based address, and share it with other stakeholders. This enhances communication and cooperation, creating a streamlined approach to fire safety.

There is a new evolving expectation for fire risk assessors to be competent, with more comprehensive guidance expected at a later date. The onus for this will also fall on the RP as these Government plans come to fruition.

At Comelit-PAC we aim to take the stress out of fire protection, supporting you with the requirements for record-keeping, collaboration and clear communication.

We are committed to being ‘with you always’ to comply with the fire safety legislation laid out in Section 156 of the Building Safety Act 2022. The aim is to forge a safer, more secure future.


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