The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has called for mandatory fire safety certificates to be re-introduced for high-risk properties in a bid to ensure improved fire safety across the UK.
Following the Grenfell Tower incident that saw at least 80 people lose their lives, Scottish Labour MSP David Stewart has launched a fire safety in social housing members’ bill to make local authorities and housing associations responsible for the installation of sprinklers in new-build social housing developments.
A three-hour London fire safety training exercise at Hillingdon Hospital has been a great success, highlighting the need for excellent communication and diligence in the event that a real fire should break out.
As an employer, you have a duty to your members of staff to protect them from risks to their safety, wherever these may come from. This includes risks from fires and explosions, so it’s important you carry out fire safety training in London and conduct risk assessments regularly to minimise the chances of something happening – and so your staff can react accordingly if an incident does take place.
In the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster there has been a lot of work on fire regulations for buildings of all types, not only residential tower blocks but also schools, care homes and business premises.
Companies around the UK have been issued a warning as part of this year’s UK Business Safety Week (running between September 11th and 17th) to help reduce fire incidents at work and prevent arson attacks in the future.