Fire Safety14 Jan 2019
Housing minister James Brokenshire confirmed on 18 December that the government will implement all the recommendations made by Hackitt in her Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety published in May 2018. Although the new regulatory framework will apply to high-risk residential buildings, the government also plans to consult in the spring on whether other buildings should be included where a fire involving them could put multiple lives at risk. This will surely, therefore, include event venues. The government has also launched a full review of fire safety guidance in building regulations. This indicates that changes in the law are contemplated which will impact on all parties engaged with event management. One of the issues is that fire safety is a Home Office issue, so the events industry’s channel of influence via the HSE at JACE is unlikely to have traction with the consultation which closes on 1 March. Senior risk managers in the events business would be wise to consider how we can bring collective influence to bear to ensure that we are not unnecessarily disadvantaged by the new proposals.