New fire regulations “a significant step forward”
In the aftermath of The Grenfell Tower, new fire regulations are “a significant step forward” toward protecting people occupying high-rise buildings, says IOSH.
The Grenfell Tower fire happened in June 2017, claiming the lives of 72 people. Dame Judith Hackitt undertook an independent review of building regulations and fire safety, leading to many recommendations.
New fire regulations come into force in England on Monday 23 January. Many of our clients work within the construction industry and under the regulations, people responsible for high-rise blocks of flats must provide fire and rescue services with information to assist them to plan and provide an effective operational response where needed. In all multi-occupied residential buildings, they will also be required to provide residents with fire safety instructions and information on the importance of fire doors.
“This isn’t just a matter of complying with regulations, people’s lives are at stake here. We urge people to take note – and we’d like to see compliance with fire safety and building regulations in all buildings including workplaces.” said Ruth Wilkinson, IOSH Head of Policy.