The Building Safety Bill received Royal Assent on 28th April 2022 and is now known as The Building Safety Act 2022.

It will create a lasting generational change and sets out a clear pathway for the future on how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained.

Government are now introducing a robust package of legislative changes, to ensure that the problems identified with the current building and fire safety regimes are rectified.

The Building Safety Act 2022 will run alongside the Fire Safety Act 2021 and together they will improve building and fire safety so that people feel safer in their homes.

The Building Safety Act 2022 will:​

  • Apply to all buildings (new or existing) over 18 metres in height​
  • Create a more effective regulatory and accountability framework for the construction industry​
  • Introduce clearer standards and guidance​
  • Put residents at the heart of a new system of building safety​
  • Create a systemic change in culture and responsibility within the building industry

What’s Next?

Following Royal Assent, the Government will be focusing on developing and consulting on secondary legislation and drafting guidance to accompany the changes in Law.

The Building Safety Regulator, who will be responsible for overseeing and driving improvements in the safety and performance of all buildings and enforcing the new regime, is now officially in place.

The next 12 – 24 months will be crucial in preparing the industry for the changes to the built environment landscape and the new roles, accountabilities and competencies that will be required for the new regime.

DLUHC are encouraging the sector to begin preparing for the new regime now and at Ashton Fire we have the knowledge and expertise to help you every step of the way to prepare your transition into the new regime.

For further information on the Building Safety Reform and how we can help, please download our brochure below or if you would like to have a chat with one of our experts, please get in touch via enquiries@ashtonfire.com

What is BS 9997?

British Standard ‘BS 9997 – Fire Risk Management Systems’ details the requirements of an organisational fire risk management system which aims to minimise risk to life and make buildings safer for the people within them.

The BS 9997:2019 uses the Plan, Do, Check, Act model to help implement, maintain and improve a fire risk management system and to:

  • Measure compliance to fire legislation
  • Determine leadership accountability and commitment to fire safety
  • Monitor servicing and maintenance regimes, emergency planning and work on site
  • Establish fire risk assessment procedures and other related procedures
  • Assist in the effective day-to-day operational management of buildings

Why implement a fire safety management system?

Failures in fire risk management are often stated as a contributory factor in serious fires. BS 9997 can be used to improve accountability from the design stages through to occupation.

Article 11 of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires the responsible person to draw up and implement appropriate arrangements as are appropriate for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the preventive and protective measures.

Even more stringent legislation is set to be introduced in the shape of the Building Safety Act, which applies to residential buildings over 18 metres. This also brings with it a requirement to implement a safety management system to manage building safety risks and includes tough new sanctions for those in breach of the law. Therefore, it is now more important than ever that buildings are built and maintained to a respectable standard, regardless of height.

Why choose us?

At Ashton Fire our knowledge, experience and expertise are second to none, enabling us to offer you a seamless route to certification as well as a comprehensive suite of other fire-related consultancy and engineering services. We offer:

  • Site auditing undertaken by competent fire safety professionals
  • Specialist knowledge of anticipated changes to the technical landscape
  • Assurance that you are legally complaint in addition to compliance with BS9997
  • Bespoke technical advice from our Fire Engineering and Consultancy Team
  • Detailed audit reports reviewed by a Chartered Engineer for compliance assurance

For further information on fire safety management systems and how to start the certification journey, please get in touch via enquiries@ashtonfire.com or call 020 3995 6600.

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