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Fire Safety Act 2021


The Fire Safety Act 2021 marks a significant step towards enhancing fire safety regulations. This legislation aims to improve fire safety standards in residential and non-residential buildings, prioritizing the safety of occupants and minimising the risk of devastating fires. The Act builds upon existing fire safety legislation in the UK, including the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Its primary objective is to strengthen the legal framework surrounding fire safety in buildings, particularly those containing multiple dwellings. The Act also addresses issues revealed by the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy and aims to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Key Requirements of the Fire Safety Act 2021 include:

  • Accountability and Responsibility: Building owners or managers are responsible for taking appropriate fire safety measures. The Act places a duty on the “responsible person” to manage and reduce the risk of fire.
  • Fire Risk Assessments: The Act mandates that building owners must conduct a comprehensive fire risk assessment regularly. Risk assessments should identify potential fire hazards, assess the adequacy of existing fire safety measures, and provide appropriate recommendations.
  • External Wall Systems: Building owners must ensure that external wall systems, including cladding and insulation, comply with fire safety standards. Unsafe materials should be removed, and remedial actions taken to mitigate fire risks.
  • Information Sharing: The Act promotes better information sharing and collaboration between fire and rescue authorities, building control bodies, and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Relevant information on fire risks and safety measures must be shared to facilitate effective fire safety management.

The Fire Safety Act 2021 was passed on the 29th of April 2021.

The Fire Safety Act 2021 applies to the following countries:

  • United Kingdom;
  • England;
  • Scotland;
  • Wales; and
  • Northern Ireland.

Does the Fire Safety Act 2021 affect my business?

The Fire Safety Act 2021 has implications for various types of businesses, including:

  • Residential Property Owners: Landlords, property management companies, and housing associations must ensure compliance with fire safety requirements. Fire risk assessments, safety measures, and appropriate building management systems are crucial.
  • Commercial Property Owners: Owners and occupiers of commercial premises are responsible for fire safety within their buildings. Fire risk assessments and implementation of suitable preventive measures are vital to ensure the safety of employees, customers, and visitors.
  • High-Rise Building Owners: Owners and managers of high-rise buildings, especially those with external wall systems, must address fire safety concerns promptly. Regular risk assessments, installation of appropriate fire safety measures, and compliance with updated guidelines are essential.
  • Construction Industry: The Act places increased responsibility on architects, contractors, and developers to prioritise fire safety in building design and construction. Compliance with fire safety regulations, including the use of safe materials and robust installation practices, is essential.

Do I need the Fire Safety Act in my ISO Compliance Register?

You will need the Fire Safety Act 2021 in your ISO Compliance Register if your business falls under the categories outlined above. If this is the case it is crucial for you to familiarise yourself with the Act’s requirements and take proactive steps to ensure compliance, ultimately safeguarding lives and properties from the devastating impact of fires.

Legislation related to the Fire Safety Act 2021

Legislation related to the Fire Safety Act 2021 includes:

  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • Fire (Scotland) Act 2006
  • The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022
  • Fire and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Act 2022

More information

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