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Fire: Responsibilities, obligations, risks and liabilities
This paper seeks to draw attention to some of the basic, but sometimes less well understood, aspects that underpin fire safety and its management within buildings. It explores the issue of fire safety and how it should be ‘designed into’ all buildings at the outset of ‘concept’ design through detailed design and building, whether an initial development or a refurbishment of an existing property. The paper considers good practice and notes that fire safety can be affected by some not-so-obvious elements of location, design and finishes. It highlights the necessity for accurate and current information in what is now referred to as the ‘golden thread’ and notes some of the relevant points for insurers and valuers. Explanation is provided in regard to some of the statutory duties on persons and the competencies that all those working in this sector should have, noting that behaviours in application of knowledge and activity are as important as the knowledge and simple execution of the task. Reference is also made to some of the contractual issues presented to the landlord and tenant in regard to some leases and other tenure arrangements, and the need for detailed inventories is identified. The paper further considers some of the most important matters relating to management of fire safety in occupation and explains the differences between the four common ‘types’ of fire risk assessment used.
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Anthony Taylor is the Director of Group Health and Safety for GVA, an international real estate consultancy, employing approximately 1,300 surveyors and delivering a wide range of property consultancy services, including property management. Anthony has 30 years’ H&S and operational risk management experience in a wide range of industry sectors including real estate, construction, insurance, local authority, leisure, and for a global tour operator. He currently chairs the RICS Health and Safety Advisory Board, and is a past chair of the Managing Agents Property H&S Forum.
Mike Appleby is a leading Health, Safety and Environment lawyer. He is ranked by Chambers and Partners (2017), the independent legal directory, as a star individual in Health and Safety. Michael has over 20 years’ experience of defending directors, individuals and companies (both national and international) facing investigation/prosecution for health and safety, environmental and manslaughter/ corporate manslaughter offences. He has recently successfully judicially reviewed HSE’s Fee for Intervention Scheme (FFI) which has resulted in HSE agreeing to revise its dispute process of the scheme so that it is totally independent from HSE.