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The Fire Safety Act 2021 – in a Nutshell

The Fire Safety Bill was introduced in March 2020 following the tragedy at the Grenfell Tower (in June 2017). The bill was made into law on 29th April 2021.

It is specific area concern is multi-dwelling residential buildings, crucially the external walls of the building and fire doors of individual flats must be assessed as part of the fire risk.

This could be relevant to:

  • multi-dwelling apartment blocks
  • student accommodation
  • serviced accommodation
  • residential blocks with common areas
  • block management companies

The act is specific to England and Wales.

The specific legislation is quite specific in that it deems those in control of the premises ‘Responsible Persons’ they are now responsible for the fire safety of that building.

It is their duty to undertake fire risk assessments and manage associated risks. Furthermore, their duty is to reduce risk in addition to both assess and manage the fire risk. This includes the risk associated with the structure of the building, external walls and individual opening doors onto common / shared parts of the building.

The concept of ‘risk based guidance’ is introduced, and requires Responsible Persons to take proportionate approach to managing and assessing risk.

You can read the full legislation here:

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2021/24/contents/enacted

At HSM we work UK-Wide delivering competent advice to varying in size multi-dwelling management companies. These block management companies, enjoy the crystal clear, well documented, and professionally guidance now required to back-up their business.

A London based block management client of ours when asked about HSM commented:

“We’ve found that HSM understand and communicate clearly what measures a property needs to improve on, and provide Fire Risk Assessments for the multitude of properties that we manage.

There are often questions that we have and we’ve found that the HSM team always get these answered in detail. Our staff get the direction they need to deliver the first class service that our company is know for”

M. T, DIRECTOR OF A BLOCK MANAGEMENT COMPANY BASED IN GREATER LONDON

You can find out more about our block management Fire Risk Assessment packages which start from £250. We have discounts available for clients with multiple sites:

https://healthandsafetymentor.co.uk/services/fire-risk-assessment-communal/

Or you can call our team on have an informal chat about your fire risk assessment needs.

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