As auditors, it is very important we maintain our CPD by reviewing Fire regulations regularly and the fact sheets provided by Fire Safety (England).

In October 2019, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry published the findings of Phase1 of the inquiry. The findings included many important recommendations to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again. The Government undertook, in principle, to introduce new regulations that would bring the recommendations into force. These regulations take the form of the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 and extend duties imposed by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

These Regulations apply to high-rise residential buildings (a multi-occupied residential building at least 18 metres in height or 7 or more storeys), responsible persons must:

  • Share electronically with their local fire and rescue service (FRS) information about the building’s external wall system and provide the FRS with electronic copies of floor plans and building plans for the building
  • Keep hard copies of the building’s floor plans, in addition to a single page orientation plan of the building, and the name and UK contact details of the responsible person in a secure information box which is accessible by firefighters
  • Install wayfinding signage in all high-rise buildings which is visible in low light conditions
  • Establish a minimum of monthly checks on lifts which are for the use of firefighters in high-rise residential buildings and on essential pieces of firefighting equipment
  • Inform the FRS if a lift used by firefighters or one of the pieces of firefighting equipment is out of order for longer than 24 hours

For multi-occupied residential buildings over 11 metres in height, responsible persons must:

  • Undertake quarterly checks on all communal fire doors and annual checks on flat entrance doors

In all multi-occupied residential buildings, responsible persons must:

  • Provide residents with relevant fire safety instructions and information about the importance of fire doors

Useful Information has been provided on the Government website and is well worth a look. This can be reviewed here and includes fact sheets covering following topic areas:

Check your fire safety responsibilities under the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022

• Fact sheet: Secure information box (regulation 4)

• Fact sheet: Design and materials of external walls (regulation 5)

• Fact sheet: Floor plans and building plan (regulation 6)

• Fact sheet: Lifts and essential fire-fighting equipment (regulation 7)

• Fact sheet: Wayfinding signage (regulation 8)

• Fact sheet: Information to residents (regulation 9)

• Fact sheet: Fire doors (regulation 10)

• Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022: fire door guidance