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This consultation on fire safety has been published alongside the draft Building Safety Bill, which aims to improve building and fire safety in all regulated premises where people live, stay or work.  The Building Safety Bill supplements the Fire Safety Bill, which is currently before Parliament.

The proposals focus on providing residents with greater assurance from fire safety improvements in their buildings -  driving effective and sustainable operational outcomes for fire-fighters, and holding those responsible for breaches of the Fire Safety Order to account.  There are also proposals to improve the framework for how building control bodies and Fire and Rescue Authorities work together to address fire safety issues properly during building work, and for the handover of fire safety information at the end of the work.

The areas under consultation are:

  • Section 1: Strengthening the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and improving compliance
  • Section 2: Implementing the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Report Recommendations
  • Section 3: Building Control Bodies consultation with Fire and Rescue Authorities

The Institution of Engineering and Technology Trustees propose submitting a response to this consultation and invite comments from Members who have expertise in this area and have studied the consultation documents.  In its capacity as a professional body, the IET will confine itself to addressing only those questions that are within its area(s) of competence.

For more information and a summary of the questions, please refer to the consultation webpage.

Please respond no later than 9 am 28/09/20 to Andrew Rylah, with "Fire Safety" in the subject line.