Building Trade Safety

When providing new constructions and installations, or adapting an existing structure, make sure suitable fire protection is maintained. If unsure then seek specialist guidance. General information is provided below as are links to more specialist advice.

  • Make sure that existing barriers to fire are just as effective when you leave as they were before you carried out the work.
  • If you see something that you are not happy with concerning fire safety then advise your client.  It is your responsibility as a building professional.

Contractors carrying out fire safety work should be competent. Construction (Design and Management) Regulations state that to be competent an organisation or individual must have:

  • Sufficient knowledge of the tasks to be undertaken and the risks involve.
  • The experience and ability to carry out their duties in relation to the project, to recognise their limitations and take appropriate action to prevent harm to those carrying out construction work, or those affected by the work.

Construction workers - be alert - take care in what you do

  • Being more fire safety aware and knowledgeable underpins your professionalism.
  • Lleave the situation no worse than it was before you started.
  • You are not expected to be experts in all aspects of fire safety – but do need to know when to ask questions and seek specialist advice.
  • If you can make an improvement that will improve safety, make it!

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Restricting spread of fire and smoke

Openings and penetrations in buildings can allow fire and smoke to spread and should be kept to a minimum. Read more

Fire Doors

A fire door, which is tested to an appropriate standard, may restrict the spread of fire and smoke in a building. Read more

Fire detection and alarm systems

Fire detection and alarm systems are installed in buildings for the protection of life or property. Read more

Low Carbon Technology

When fitting any low carbon installations, this should be done in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Read more

Hot Work

Suitable precautions should be taken when hot work is being carried out. Read more

Methods of Construction

A key control measure for fire safety is to use the building structure itself to keep fire and its effects in check. Read more