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Fire Sector Organisations Share Positive View of the interim report from the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

The Fire Sector Federation, Door & Hardware Federation and Fire Industry Association have joined the Institution of Fire Engineers in voicing their support for the interim report from Dame Judith Hackitt in relation to the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.

The Fire Sector Federation (FSF) said it broadly endorses the key findings and recommendations detailed by Dame Judith Hackitt in her interim report.

“Having found that the current regulatory system for ensuring fire safety in high-rise and complex buildings is not fit for purpose, the report has outlined a direction of travel which the FSF largely supports.”

“However, the Federation has some concerns about how the recommendations will be implemented and are calling for a clear path for legislative change and transparent arrangements for developing a regulatory system and appropriate guidance which ends industry fragmentation and results in improved levels of competence and responsibility.”

The Door & Hardware Federation (dhf) has welcomed recommendations made, in particular, that those working on the design, construction, inspection and maintenance of complex and high-risk buildings are suitably qualified.

“We fully support the proposals presented by this report, particularly pertaining to appropriate qualification of those responsible for manufacture, installation, repair and maintenance,” says dhf’s CEO, Bob Perry.  “We have been actively lobbying for this and are pleased to work with other bodies in the industry to achieve this objective.

“The issue of competence is crucial to fire doors as to many other systems within the building.  In the case of fire doors, however, the system is uniquely vulnerable to damage caused by use and abuse.  This necessitates a high level of maintenance activity, which must be continually undertaken by competent persons throughout the life of the building, not solely during the construction phase or major refurbishment.  We would like to see these four elements become mandatory requirements to deliver simplification and underpin building regulation.”

The Fire Industry Association (FIA) said it “welcomes Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim report on Building Regulations and Fire Safety in England and Wales.”

They further said, “Her team have obviously put an enormous amount of work into understanding the current fire safety regime and coming up with recommendations on potential changes.”

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