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Damning verdict on Part B within fire safety survey

18 December 2017

Fire safety professionals have expressed high levels of concern over Approved Document Part B, which provides fire safety guidelines within the Building Regulations.

Conducted online by the Fire Sector Federation (FSF) and independent research body NBS, this revealed that 96% of respondents believe the document should be reviewed.

A further 96% said they wanted changes made to the document and only 5% said they thought it was fully fit for purpose.

The high level of concern continued to demonstrated with 93% stating that Part B should be reviewed at least every five years, while nearly two-thirds said Part B of Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations should also be reviewed.

A further 87% believed there should be more explanation around compliancy with fire safety within the Building Regulations and 84% said technical content should be amended.

Guidance relating to firefighter safety was requested by 89% of respondents, with 66% stating they would like more direction for property protection included within fire safety advice.

With 92% believing the document was aimed at local authority building control and approved inspectors, just 28% thought it was suitable for "one-off clients" and 32% said it was for clients who commission repeat work.

Although conducted after the Grenfell fire tragedy earlier this year, the FSF said the survey had been commissioned prior to this and no alterations were made to the questions as a result.

The survey attracted responses from 531 fire safety professionals and the full report can be viewed here.

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