Sector Resources: Scotland

External Fire Spread – What is the Risk and what Does it Mean for the Safety of Residents

A guide to PAS 9980:2022 Fire risk appraisal of external wall construction and cladding of existing blocks of flats.

Aimed specifically at the safety of existing blocks of flats, its purpose is to provide a methodology and framework for conducting appraisals of the fire risk posed by combustible external wall construction and cladding. These differ from assessments carried out under the EWS1 scheme, which is to inform valuation and therefore lending decisions, and their focus is risk-based professional judgement. They represent a shift from compliance-based assessments, which have tended to be founded on generic prescriptive requirements.

RC59 – Fire Safety When Charging Electric Vehicles

This document has been developed through the RISCAuthority and published by the Fire Protection Association (FPA).

This document aims to provide practical guidance to insurers and their clients on fire hazards and appropriate control measures associated with the charging of electric vehicles, bicycles and similar devices in public places; on commercial and industrial premises; and within or in the vicinity of residential premises such as blocks of flats, care homes and sheltered accommodation.

Practical Fire Safety Guidance For existing Specialised Housing and similar premises

This Guidance is primarily for those who are responsible for specialised housing and similar premises and for those who provide care and support services in such premises. It provides practical fire safety advice on how to prevent and reduce the risk to life from fire. As such, the focus is on life safety rather than property protection.

Its purpose is to strengthen fire safety for people who receive care or support in specialised housing or similar premises. It will also be useful for those receiving “care at home” services or support in “general needs” housing.

Practical Fire Safety Guidance For Existing Premises with Sleeping Accommodation

In 2006, the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (‘the 2005 Act’) introduced changes to fire safety law in Scotland and repealed previous fire safety legislation. This guide has been produced to assist those who have responsibility under this Act for ensuring fire safety in certain premises with sleeping accommodation in Scotland. In addition, this guide provides statutory guidance for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (‘SFRS’), as an enforcing authority.

This Scottish Government guidance provides practical fire safety advice for certain existing premises with sleeping accommodation. It supersedes the previous June 2018 version.

Practical Fire Safety Guidance For Existing High Rise Domestic Buildings

This Guidance provides practical fire safety advice on how to prevent fires and reduce the risks from fires in high rise domestic buildings. It aims to assist the assessment of fire risk and the adequacy of existing fire safety measures. The focus is on communal areas and aspects of building design in private accommodation which could affect the safety of others. This Guidance applies only to Scotland and is not mandatory. Given building design varies no single guidance can provide specific solutions for all possible circumstances.

The Guidance aims to reduce the risk to life from fire. As such, the focus is on life safety rather than the protection of property.

SHQS Technical Guidance for Social Landlords

Electrical Safety First best practice guide: Electrical installation condition reporting

The aim of this Guide is to provide practical guidance for skilled persons competent in electrical inspection and testing on the use of the Classification Codes that need to be attributed to each observation recorded during the periodic inspection and testing of an electrical installation for the benefit of the person ordering the report.

The guidance is limited to the range of observations that are likely to be associated with domestic and similar electrical installations. It takes into account the publication of BS 7671: 2018.

Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and time. Therefore, if the safety of the users is not to be put at risk, it is important that every installation is periodically inspected and tested by a competent person. Indeed, it is recommended in BS 7671: 2018 that every electrical installation is subjected to periodic inspection and testing (Regulation 135.1 refers).

The inspection and testing should be carried out at appropriate intervals in order to determine what, if anything, needs to be done to maintain the installation in a safe and serviceable condition.

Code of Practice for the Provision of Premises Information Boxes in Residential Buildings

This code of practice has been prepared jointly by the Fire Industry Association (FIA) and the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) with the assistance of the other organisations set out in the Acknowledgements section. The code of practice is intended to support new legislation and guidance proposed to be introduced by the Government in response to the recommendations in the Phase 1 report of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

The report recommended that premises information boxes (PIBs) should be provided in all high-rise residential buildings. The report also recommended that the contents of PIBs should include various information that will be of value to firefighters during an emergency.