Terry O’Neill - Chief Operating Officer, Butler & Young Group, representing the Building Control Alliance

Workstream Chair

Terry O’Neill - Chief Operating Officer, Butler & Young Group, representing the Building Control Alliance

Tel: 01869 321590  Mobile: 07808 888304  E-mail:  terry.oneill@byl.co.uk

The Enforcement Workstream of the Fire Sector Federation (FSF) provides a forum to evaluate the effectiveness of all current legislation that impacts on fire safety. The Workstream also encourages discussion on ways in which it can promote a consistent approach in the application, interpretation and enforcement of legislation.

The Workstream encourages the attendance of FSF members who can provide a wide diversification of opinions, including fire authorities, building control bodies, representative bodies, professional bodies, consultants, engineers, manufacturers, architects, designers, contractors and end users.

The Workstream objectives are to:

  • evaluate the effectiveness of the legislation
  • help provide a consistent approach to the interpretation and implementation of fire legislation
  • evaluate enforcement procedures
  • review consultation procedures
  • review supporting guidance to meet legislative requirements
  • review ways in which the person legally obligated under legislation can be supported by enforcing / approving authorities
  • liaise with other Workstreams where overlapping of issues is likely

Scheduled meetings:

  • 1 February 2017 – London
  • 12 April 2017 – London
  • 12 July 2017 – London
  • 11 October 2017 – London

Compartmentation in Shops Guidance
The document aims to to assist designers to meet the functional requirements of the building regulations and to demonstrate compliance with the Fire Safety Order. It is also recommends that building control bodies and fire & rescue services may use this guidance when assessing designs that are not deemed to be strictly code compliant, to help them achieve a consistent interpretation and implementation of the Building Regulations and Fire Safety Order.
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Building Control and Fire Safety Procedural Guidance (Draft)
The Procedural Guidance aims to provide those persons with influence over buildings, such as designers, contractors, owners and occupiers, with best advice to assist in reducing build costs, minimising risk and maximising safety. The revised draft aims to modernise the document, update statutory references and to include references to Regulation 38 of the Building Regulations to ensure appropriate information is provided to the end user for the effective management and maintenance of the building in terms of fire safety.
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Repeal of Local Enactments – Guidance
On the 17 December 2012 ‘The Building (Repeal of Provisions of Local Acts) Regulations 2012 SI No. 3124’ and ‘The Building Regulations &c. (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2013 SI No. 1959’ has resulted in the repeal of certain provisions of certain local Acts, which came into force on the 9 January 2013. This guidance note provides advice to those who may be considering the removal of fire safety measures that were incorporated into existing buildings under the auspices of the now repealed Acts.
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