Building Safety Programme Newsletter – Issue 13.

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has established a Building Safety Programme to ensure that residents of high-rise buildings are safe and feel safe from the risk of fire, now and in the future. This email update provides the latest information and advice for landlords and building owners.

New information you may wish to see

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has produced updated guidance on evacuating high-rise buildings, replacing the Waking Watch/Common Fire Alarm guidance, published in early October 2017. The guidance focuses on introducing a ‘simultaneous evacuation’ strategy in purpose-built blocks of flats where, for example due to the presence of unsafe ACM cladding, the building can no longer support the normal and preferred stay put policy in the event of a fire. Following a commitment to review the guidance after six months, the guidance has undergone amendments based on stakeholder feedback to make it clearer and more user-friendly. The main edits are:

  •  Amendments to clarify and highlight the intention that a Waking Watch is only a short-term solution and a fire alarm system should be installed if the risk cannot be removed quickly
  • There is further guidance on the information a competent person should consider in a risk assessment.
  • To clarify that the risks to persons should be considered regardless of whether the building is above or below 18 metres in height.

For further information, Building Safety Programme