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    HSE PUBLISH UPDATED GUIDE ON CONSTRUCTION FIRE SAFETY

    Second edition of Fire Safety in Construction now available for free download

    The updated edition of the HSE standard Fire Safety in Construction is available for purchase or download free from today.

    The guidance book is designed to help those involved in construction to identify the main causes of fire and how to eliminate the hazard and control the risk.

    It supports those with legal responsibilities under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and the Fire Safety Order 2005 while assisting site managers in the day-to-day management of fire risks on site. The guidance is aimed at all those with a role for developing and managing construction sites, including clients and designers.

    Much of the guidance is not new although the sections covering multi-storey buildings and high risk building have been strengthened to include lessons learned from recent fires.

    Detailed guidance on timber frame fire precautions

    The guidance contains new and detailed guidance on the fire risks and precautions which should be considered from the earliest stages of timber frame structures.

    The guidance asks that clients and designers consider carefully the specific site, location and development and the fire risks it poses to those on site and neighbouring properties and ensure those risks are minimised.

    Philip White, HSE Chief Inspector of Construction, said:

    “At worst, fires can and do kill. They can also badly injure and cause serious human suffering and financial loss. Preventing them must be a priority on any building project.

    We have updated the guidance to take account of changes in the law and recent fires on construction sites. It includes new information on higher risk building such as timber frame and multi storey construction and outlines the extra precautions which need to be taken with these.

    Our inspectors would prefer to offer advice but if lives and livelihoods are at risk they will not hesitate to take enforcement action.”

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