Managing Editor, IFSEC Insider

Author Bio ▼

James Moore is the Managing Editor of IFSEC Insider, the leading online publication for security and fire news in the industry.James writes, commissions, edits and produces content for IFSEC Insider, including articles, breaking news stories and exclusive industry reports. He liaises and speaks with leading industry figures, vendors and associations to ensure security and fire professionals remain abreast of all the latest developments in the sector.
July 23, 2020


Lithium-Ion batteries. A guide to the fire risk that isn’t going away but can be managed

Fire safety consultation

UK Government continues to review fire safety as it opens consultation into Regulatory Reform Order

In partnership with the Draft Building Safety Bill that was published earlier this week, the UK Government is doubling its efforts to review fire safety by launching an open consultation into the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

RegulatoryReform-FireSafety-OrderAs stated on gov.uk, the “government is determined to continue to learn the lessons from the Grenfell Tower fire”. The open consultation is seeking views on proposals to strengthen the Fire Safety Order, thereby strengthening regulation for how building control bodies consult with Fire and Rescue Authorities.

It also aims to:

  • Improve compliance
  • Implement recommendations from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Report to place new requirements on building owners/managers of multi-occupied residential buildings
  • Improve the framework for consultation between building control and Fire and Rescue Authorities, including the handover of fire safety information

Those who would like to respond and offer their opinions can do so online, email or write to the Fire Safety Unit Consultations office.

You can find out all the information, here.

The consultation is designed for all those involved in fire safety to respond, including:

  • Designers
  • Developers
  • Occupiers
  • Employers
  • Building owners
  • Building safety managers
  • Responsible Persons
  • Fire risk assessors
  • Consultants

BAFE Chief Executive, Stephen Adams, has commented: “Although some excellent review work has been performed since the tragic Grenfell Tower Fire, this consultation is long overdue. BAFE will continue to bang the drum of evidential competency via UKAS Accredited Third Party Certification and the ongoing nature of re-assessment for the upkeep of competency across the whole built environment.

“This is a vital next step to improve fire safety for all buildings and I would hope that everyone with an interest in fire protection will review and comment on the consultation to make this something that can no longer be open to interpretation. Competence must be measurable and have clear definition in legislation to make real compliance a genuinely achievable process for the Regulatory Bodies including the Fire and Rescue Services to enforce.”

2023 Fire Safety eBook – Grab your free copy!

Download the Fire Safety in 2023 eBook, keeping you up to date with the biggest news and prosecution stories from around the industry. Chapters include important updates such as the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 and an overview of the new British Standard for the digital management of fire safety information.

Plus, we explore the growing risks of lithium-ion battery fires and hear from experts in disability evacuation and social housing.


Related Topics

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments