CFOA to work with businesses on fire safety enforcement
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The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) has agreed to work more closely with businesses to improve the enforcement of fire safety regulations.
A government review that examined the way in which the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 was enforced found evidence that fire services occasionally contradicted each other when providing advice and imposing requirements on companies.
It also concluded that fire safety requirements were sometimes ratcheted up from one inspection to the next with no evidence of a change in risk; something it was difficult for businesses to appeal against, even if the changes involved significant expenditure.
In response to the Focus on Enforcement review, the CFOA has committed to:
1 Lead a Business Engagement Forum
2 Create a professional, accredited framework for fire safety officers
3 Produce tailored support and guidance for the supported living sector
4 Provide clearer and more consistent support and direction to businesses with regard to notices issued under the Order
5 Promote a recognised professional certification and accreditation for fire risk assessors
6 Help multi-site businesses work with fire authorities to achieve safe operations
7 Build on the existing provision of support to small businesses
8 Encourage fire authorities to engage with Local Enterprise partnerships.
Vij Randeniya, President of the CFOA, said: “This is a new era for the delivery of fire safety regulations. CFOA has listened to the concerns of business contained within this review and will lead Fire and Rescue Services to deliver on our commitments published today.
“Business can be confident that we will continue to work closely with them to deliver cost-effective fire safety solutions that support economic growth, help businesses recover quicker in the event of a fire and build safer communities.”
The news was welcomed by the government, and Business Minister Michael Fallon said that after the CFOA’s response, “firms can expect to be able to protect their staff, customers and premises without being held back by confusing or inconsistent advice”.
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