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Fire Safety (2020)

The IET responded to the call for written evidence on the Fire Safety Bill by the Public Bill Committee.  This Bill amends the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.  The IET welcomed the proposed amendments in the Bill.  We believe that its passage will significantly increase safety for high rise residents.  However, we also proposed 4 additional amendments to strengthen the Bill:

  • That those who undertake construction-related work or who have oversight responsibilities demonstrate individual, contextualised, professional competence
  • That the number of skilled fire safety assessors is increased to meet requirements
  • That responsibilities and accountabilities are established with a ‘golden thread’
  • That a construction industry professional code of conduct and ethics is established

We believe that our proposals will help put fire safety at the heart of all construction projects.  They will raise the standard of the work delivered, improve the professionalism of practitioners, lead to greater transparency and, above all, improve resident safety.