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Fire safety in construction

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978 0 7176 6345 3
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Please note: This publication is currently under review. We are aware that there are a number of out of date references including changes to the applicable/relevant legislation within the guidance, but much of the content includes useful and practical advice that is not available elsewhere within other HSE publications or our website. For this reason we do not plan to remove this publication until the review is complete.

The second edition of Fire safety in construction explains how everyone involved in construction projects can comply with their legal duties relating to fire risks. It is aimed at all those with a role for developing and managing construction sites, including clients and designers, and is relevant to all construction projects, including small refurbishment sites. Much of what is contained in the guidance is not new, but the sections covering multi-storey buildings and high risk building such as timber frame have been strengthened to include lessons learned from recent fires.

Each year there are hundreds of fires on construction sites, potentially putting the lives of workers and members of the public at risk. Fire safety in construction is about preventing fires from starting and ensuring people's safety if they do.

Updated: 2021-03-05