2023 has been a year of action when it comes to fire safety legislation, with new laws and regulations introduced to ensure as much of the Grenfell Inquiry is implemented as effectively as possible.
Following the introduction of the Fire Safety Act 2021 (phase 1) and The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 (phase 2), Section 156 of the Building Safety Act 2022 will come into force on 1 October 2023, as phase 3.
What’s included in Section 156 of the Building Safety Act 2022?
The Building Safety Act 2002, Section 156 further strengthens fire safety in all Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO)-regulated premises by:
- Improving collaboration between Responsible Persons (RPs)
- Increasing requirements surrounding the recording and sharing of fire safety information, creating a continual record throughout a building’s lifespan
- Making it easier for enforcement authorities to take action against non-compliance
- Ensuring that residents have access to comprehensive information about fire safety in their building
The change to fire safety legislation aims to provide enforcing authorities with a comprehensive understanding of the premises’ fire safety precautions. It encourages a focus on transparency and accountability throughout the assessment process between RPs, their residents and other relevant parties.
The duties of Responsible Persons under Section 156
Under the new Building Safety Act 2022, fire safety arrangements must be clearly documented and available instant on request, demonstrating stringent fire safety management.
Responsible persons must maintain updated contact information, including a UK-based address, and share it with other stakeholders. This enhances communication and cooperation, powering a streamlined approach to fire safety.
There is a new evolving expectation for fire risk assessors to be competent, with more comprehensive guidance expected at a later date. The onus for this will inevitably fall on the Responsible Person as these Government plans come to fruition.
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Says Jamie Allam, Amthal CEO: “The expectations placed on Responsible Persons are increasing with the introduction of the Section 156 of the Building Safety Act 2022, which really stands as another significant step forward in requirements for fire safety.
“This will see the introduction of the need for meticulous records, effective collaboration and clear communication. If this responsibility is shared with fire risk assessors, we must futureproof our activity to the incoming details and levels of expectation for competence.
“In terms of fire safety compliance, Amthal is already proactively working to the level expected in the new Building Safety Act standards. We carry out thorough fire safety risk assessments before completion and occupation, with regular monitoring and maintenance throughout the lifecycle of a building, in accordance with its role. We are committed to total protection and guaranteed compliance with the fire safety legislation laid out in Section 156 of the Building Safety Act 2022, forging a safer, more secure future for all.”
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