Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas have shown their continued commitment to educating businesses on regulatory best practice in fire safety, by announcing its first ever Fire Safety Awareness Week.

The awareness week will feature daily themes – including Building Regulations and Fire Risk Assessments – with each topic having its own webinar or educational video, offering expert insight on how to remain compliant.

Starting on November 23, the week will then culminate in a panel discussion with some of the business’ top specialists.

Building Regulations have seen a number of changes in 2020 with the outcomes of the Hackitt Review resulting in a new Building Safety Regulator and amendments to Approved Document B changing the the current trigger height for sprinklers in new residential flats.

As such, Bureau Veritas is reminding construction firms of the importance of fire safety throughout building design, construction and operation.

Fire Risk Assessments are an essential part of any fire safety system, designed to help protect people and property. When fire breaks out, the results can be disastrous if the fire safety installation chain breaks down. However, recent figures show that 60% of local authorities delayed fire door maintenance and inspection programmes in the first half of 2020, with 53% citing COVID-19 as the reason.

Despite entering a second lockdown, Bureau Veritas is encouraging organisations to understand regulations around fire risk assessments and how to remain compliant.

The awareness week will also cover topics such as Fire Science, Fire Engineering and the Building Safety Bill.

Steve Highwood, Building & Infrastructure Market Lead at Bureau Veritas, said: “Despite COVID-19 being a major focus for everyone this year, we cannot ignore the other statutory health and safety procedures that must take place, to ensure the safety of employees and visitors.

“Added to this, more than ever businesses are facing increased competition and pressure on their resources, and so achieving compliance and meeting best practice standards concerning fire and life safety may not always be easy. And, while fire safety should be at the forefront of many duty holders’ minds, a substantial proportion may not fully understand what their role and responsibilities truly entail.

“Our Fire Safety Awareness Week has been designed with all sectors in mind, from Building Regulations and Fire Risk Assessments, to Fire Science and Fire Engineering.

“The various expert webinars and educational videos on offer during this week will help local authorities, duty holders and business owners to garner a greater understanding of their responsibilities around fire and life safety, and take the necessary steps to ensure they are compliant.”