03 August 2012
Concerns have been raised about the lack of information being passed on from developers to building occupiers about fire safety once construction of a building is complete. The Passive Fire Protection Federation ( PFPF ) believes more must be done to raise awareness of the legal rights and responsibilities both parties have. Regulation 38 of the Building Regulations states that the person carrying out work on a new building must pass on relevant fire safety information to the occupiers of the building. Specifically these details must be given to the Responsible Person whose job it is to ensure that a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment is carried out on the property under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
The Chairman for the PFPF pointed out that Regulation 38 is not just a recommendation, but a legal requirement on building developers. "This information can greatly improve the building occupier's understanding of the safety precautions installed within a building," he remarked.