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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 2020 eBook here, which rounds up all the biggest stories of 2020.

 

Fire safety guides from IFSEC Global


Calls for greater education on fire door safety and compliance as Fire Door Safety Week 2021 kicks off

A greater awareness and education of fire door compliance is needed in the UK, says Abloy UK, as Fire Door Safety Week 2021 begins. Read More

Three-quarters of £30m Waking Watch Fund for fire alarm installations approved as second round for applications opens

Announced by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, ihe fund is set to “remove” or “reduce” the need for interim safety measures at high-rise buildings with unsafe cladding. Read More

Changes to fire safety laws in Scotland require all homeowners to have interlinked alarms

New changes have been introduced by the Scottish Government where all homeowners will be required to have interlinked fire alarms. Read More

Competence framework PAS 8673 for new role of building safety managers on track for publication

A guide to the new specification for the competence of building safety managers, PAS 8673, which is set to be published in December. Read More

Advanced fire panels specified to protect prestigious Marassi Galleria mall and hotel in Bahrain

We find out more from Advanced about the project, which features over 6,000 smoke/heat detectors and integrated voice evacuation systems. Read More

Fire suppression systems installer and drinks manufacturer fined £50k each after employee crushed by machinery

An installer was working at Chivas Brothers Limited (CBL) premises when he was crushed and trapped in a Kardex Remstar Shuttle XP500 machine. Read More

Roy Wilsher appointed as Inspector of Police and Fire Service

Roy Wilsher OBE QFSM has been announced by Priti Patel as the new inspector of police and fire and rescue services at the HMICFRS. Read More

ASFP releases new advice on the fire protection of structural steel and firestopping seals

The ASFP has released a suite of new Advisory Notes related to the fire protection of structural steel, and the compatibility between pipes and acoustic or firestopping seals. Read More

Fire industry responds to the Building Safety Bill

We round up the opinions and comments from several leading industry bodies and stakeholders on the Building Safety Bill. Read More

New FESS assessment to accredit experienced fire industry workers launched by NET

A new route for fire industry technicians to become accredited to the industry Level 3 standard has been launched by National Electrotechnical Training. Read More