We welcome the Governments announcement on Section 156 of the Building Safety Act 2022 (BSA) which makes a number of amendments to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) to improve fire safety in all buildings regulated by the FSO, which will come into force on 1st October this year.

Phase 3 further strengthens Fire Safety in all FSO regulated premises by:

•  Improving cooperation and coordination between Responsible Persons (RPs)

•  Increasing requirements in relation to the recording and sharing of fire safety information thus creating a continual record throughout a building’s lifespan

•  Making it easier for enforcement authorities to take action against non-compliance

•  Ensuring residents have access to comprehensive information about fire safety in their building

These further directives, in our view, are reinforcing the fact that up-to-date digital data on a buildings fire safety status needs to be made readily available to everyone at the point of need.

The Responsible Persons (RPs) need to know the immediate compliance status of all of the passive fire products within their buildings. They should be able to easily share that information with their Tenants and Residents, as well as with their Maintenance Teams, Fire Inspectors and other third parties (Insurers, Building Control etc).

This is what FireDNA has been designed to do, seamlessly link everyone in the chain of responsibility, enable digital data to be easily shared, creating a ‘tamper proof’ digital asset record, that can be managed through an easy-to-use online Dashboard. With all of the data securely stored in the cloud, accessible 24/7 from any where in the World.

The announcement goes on to say ‘We are actively working with the sector to develop a robust roll out plan and will provide more information on this in the coming months’ and ‘Guidance to support RPs in understanding and meeting these new requirements will be published before they come into force’. You can read the full article here