The Building Safety Act 2022 specifically section 156, has made substantial amendments to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, particularly impacting those designated as Responsible Persons. As of 1st October 2023, a host of new responsibilities come into force, shaping the landscape for landlords, multi-occupancy building owners, and property managers. In addition, the legislation introduces specific provisions for high-risk buildings, reinforcing the need for enhanced fire safety measures in these structures. Below, our Landlord Insurance team have highlighted some key things you need to know.
Who Should Follow This Guidance?
This comprehensive guide is tailored for Responsible Persons, who bear duties under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. To ascertain whether you fall under this category, check your status as a Responsible Person here.
Where Do New Fire Safety Requirements Apply?
The expanded fire safety requirements apply to all non-domestic premises, encompassing workplaces, visitor spaces, and the non-domestic area of multi-occupied residential buildings (e.g., communal corridors, stairways, plant rooms). Notably, these requirements exclude individual domestic premises, focusing on communal and shared spaces.
Background to Section 156 of the Building Safety Act 2022
The Building Safety Bill, receiving Royal Assent in April 2022, transformed into the Building Safety Act 2022. This legislation introduces critical amendments to the Fire Safety Order, highlighting the need for Responsible Persons to record and share comprehensive fire risk assessments and safety arrangements. The amendments aim to enhance accountability, cooperation, and overall fire safety measures.
Duties for all Responsible Persons
Responsible persons are now required to thoroughly document fire risk assessments, covering all findings and detailing fire safety arrangements for their premises. The new directive emphasises transparency, replacing the previous focus on recording only significant assessment findings. These duties apply to you if you are the Responsible Person for any building regulated by the Fire Safety Order.
Responsible Persons overseeing buildings with two or more sets of domestic premises are also tasked with specific duties to ensure comprehensive fire safety measures. The recent amendments to the Fire Safety Order are designed to instil a greater sense of safety for residents in their homes, emphasising clarity in understanding the measures taken to fulfil responsibilities. While specific instructions mandated under the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 have already been outlined, these new requirements extend further to improve the provision of information, fostering a more informed and engaged resident community.
For a detailed overview of these changes and to ensure compliance, please refer to the official government website for comprehensive information on fire safety regulations and guidelines.
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