IFE News

15 September 2021

IFE gathers key representatives to discuss the future of fire risk assessment

Last week the IFE hosted a successful workshop bringing together key stakeholders from the sector and government to focus on the theme of the future of fire risk assessments.

The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the implementation of the Fire Safety Act 2021 and understand and debate the implications for practitioners and end users. The specific objectives were to; ensure a mutual awareness of the range of implementation issues across all attendees, identify the most pressing issues and, where possible, identify actions required to address the pressing issues.

With the imminent introduction of the Fire Safety Act 2021 it was key we gathered individuals from across the sector and government to truly understand and consider what this means for us all, the public and those responsible for conducting assessments.

Representatives from the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Health and Safety Executive/Building Safety Regulator, National Fire Chiefs Council, Scottish government, Fire Sector Federation, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Fire Protection Association, Institute of Fire Protection Officers and the Institute of Fire Safety Managers joined IFE personnel and volunteers to share their understanding of the new legislation and how it can be implemented in an effective and efficient way.

Peter Wilkinson, IFE Technical Director comments: “With the imminent introduction of the Fire Safety Act 2021 it was key we gathered individuals from across the sector and government to truly understand and consider what this means for us all, the public and those responsible for conducting assessments. It is clear that the new legislation will place additional duties on responsible persons as well as extend the remit of a fire risk assessment for all building types.

“We gained some real clarity from the detailed discussions and hearing from experts in the room. Practical implications of the new Act were debated including the need for fire risk assessors to consider external elements of a building and the additional work that will be involved in this requirement. In particular, it is apparent that in many cases a fire risk assessor will need to resort to additional specialist external wall assessment expertise to inform their overall assessment, which could extend the time taken to compete a fire risk assessment in such circumstances.

“Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) was also a key topic in the workshop. Competent assessors, with appropriate PII cover, are essential to the success of the new regulatory regime and we took this opportunity to outline to government how the sector is at a crisis point with PII, particularly with the current widespread exclusion of cover for work relating to external wall assessment.”

To continue building on the success of this workshop, a further meeting is planned to take place once the Fire Safety Act 2021 has been introduced. IFE and the organisations present at the workshop responsible for implementing the new requirements are committed to achieving the best possible levels of professionalism and competence in the assessment of fire risk for the benefit of society and to help make the world safer from fire.

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