Dave Sibert, Fire Brigades Union
The Technical Guidance Workstream intends to maintain and improve standards of fire safety in the built environment by delivering the following objectives:
- Helping people to comply with existing fire safety regulations, standards and technical guidance by ordering and distilling industry best practice
- Identifying areas where existing regulations, standards and technical guidance require change and taking steps to make those changes or taking steps to work with the responsible organisation to make those changes
- Identifying areas where there is a need for new regulations, standards and guidance and working with partners to develop new regulations, standards and guidance
The Fire Sector Federation comprises a wide range of fire sector organisations and ‘end users’ of fire sector products who deliver these objectives as individuals and in collaboration with each other on steering groups and committees.
The Workstream will act as a focal point for industry bodies to discuss their plans for guidance and standard-writing to facilitate co-ordination of similar projects and avoid conflicting information being produced. Although Government is responsible for the content of legislation and regulations, the Workstream will focus the sector’s contribution to such developments thus enhancing outcomes.
Standards will include British and European standards, as well as insurer and third party certification standards, such as LPS standards and their equivalent. These underpinning technical standards will have been developed by well-established and trusted organisations and may be called up by legislation and regulation and by the technical guidance produced by many within the fire sector.
Technical guidance in this context is documentation that is typically published by fire industry organisations themselves. Commonly, technical guidance makes reference to legislation, regulations and standards, but its primary role is to describe what is considered to be ‘sector best practice’ in a focused applications.
Where appropriate, the Technical Guidance Workstream will itself publish technical guidance. However this is expected to be the exception rather than the rule. It is intended that the primary role will be to work with member organisations who are writing their own technical guidance and to act as a coordinating focal point, providing easy access to industry experts who will contribute to the work.
4 August 2015, 10:00 for 10:30 start