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Sitting alongside the industry-leading FIREX International event, IFSEC Global aims to provide professionals with the latest news, legislative updates and opinions from the world of fire safety – particularly focused on the UK market.

Fire safety has always been vitally important, and much of the current UK regulation stems from the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (currently under consultation). The issue was very much thrown into the public spotlight in the UK following the events of the Grenfell Tower Fire, which led to the tragic deaths of 72 of its residents. The fallout of the disaster continues to be felt in the sector today, and at the time of writing, the Public Inquiry is currently in its second phase of assessing what caused the events on the night of the 14th June 2017.

Legislation is now moving at greater pace in the fire safety and construction sector than ever before (though many have argued not quickly enough), with the Fire Safety Bill and Building Safety Bill both set to be implemented sometime in 2021. Keep up to date with these two key legislative developments at the links below:

Below, you will find critical guides to support in efforts to improve fire safety standards, while our latest news section covers breaking stories and updates to legislation that will impact on everyone from property owners, to fire safety consultants and fire risk assessors. You can also download IFSEC Global’s Fire Safety 2021 eBook here, which rounds up all the biggest stories of 2020.


Fire safety guides from IFSEC Global

Responses to Government’s Fire Reform Whitepaper released

The government has released details from its whitepaper consultation to introduce "system-wide reform" in England for fire safety led by the Home Office. Read More

“Accidental ignition” fire damages 11 vehicles at Bristol Airport

A fire broke out earlier this week (Sunday 10 December) at Bristol Airport's carpark, damaging 11 vehicles, said to be caused by an "accidental ignition". Read More

Overview of the Building Safety Regulator’s strategic plan

The Building Safety Regulator (BSR) published its first three-year strategic plan on 28 November. Natalie Sellar, Managing Associate from Addleshaw Goddard, provides a summary of the plan. Read More

Technical Fire Safety Group acquires Mann McGowan

The Technical Fire Safety Group (TFSG) has acquired Mann McGowan, intumescent seal technology specialists, to broaden its passive fire safety product offering. Read More

Most read health & safety articles: 2023 round-up

As 2023 comes to a close, our sister site for health & safety, SHP, has published the list of its […] Read More

Changes proposed for building regulations in Northern Ireland – How will this affect residential buildings?

Substantial changes to building regulations in Northern Ireland have been proposed in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire which, if implemented, will amend regulations and guidance primarily on blocks of flats. Read More

85% of organisations have no fire risk assessment for Lithium-ion battery devices on site

Just 15% of organisations say they have conducted a workplace fire risk assessment to cover the risks posed by devices containing lithium-ion batteries. Read More

IFSEC Insider’s most-read in fire safety: 2023 edition

Here we reveal the top stories that IFSEC Insider readers engaged with throughout the year! For the full articles, simply click on the linked title for each. Read More

Philip White to lead Building Safety Regulator in permanent role

Philip White, HSE’s Director of Building Safety (DoBS), will continue in his current role leading the BSR on a permanent basis. Read More

Building Safety Act awareness e-learning course launched by CIOB

Adrian Montague at CIOB talks about a new health and safety course CIOB has recently launched and the benefits its academy can provide for building and fire safety professionals. Read More