The Building Safety Act 2022 defines building safety risk as fire spread and structural failure. The consequences have been seen in disasters such as that of the Grenfell Tower fire in London 2017. Fire doors were found to be a contributing factor.
Recently introduced, the Act outlines how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained for the safety of the people in or around the building, and the standard of the building itself.
However, despite devastating catastrophes such as Grenfell, the FDIS Inspector Survey 2021 reported that:
75% of fire doors inspected did not meet the required standard
The same survey also reported that:
Since the introduction of the Building Safety Act 2022 FDIS inspectors have seen a 77% increase in the demand for fire door inspections.
And there is more fire safety legislation to come.
This applies to multi-occupied residential buildings in England with storeys over 11m in height. It is a legal requirement that:
– Fire doors leading to common parts are inspected quarterly.
– Annual checks are carried out on all flat entrance doors that lead to common parts.
In addition, responsible persons must provide residents with information on the importance of fire doors for building safety.
For more detailed information on the legislation click here.
The commonality throughout these recent changes is the requirement for the Golden Thread.
Digital systems facilitate the creation of a comprehensive and detailed digital record of building safety information throughout the lifecycle of a property. This is combined with ease of access and transparency of data for all parties involved.
The use of BORIS and asset management can help improve efficiency, create a transparent operating environment, and manage compliance towards health & safety requirements – helping to build a more proactive approach to managing building safety risk.
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