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Alert goes out on fire saftey order

26/09/06

The British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) is helping to highlight the need for compliance under new fire safety legislation.

New fire safety rules for England and Wales came into force on 1 October and affects all those responsible for buildings, including employers, the self-employed with business premises, charities and voluntary organisations and those contractors with any control over premises.

The main effect of the changes will be a move towards greater emphasis on fire prevention. Fire certificates will be abolished and will cease to have legal status.  Occupiers of premises have more onerous duties.

BASEC is highlighting the need for those responsible to conduct a risk assessment without which they could find themselves under further scrutiny. The fire and rescue service will carry out regular inspections of premises and failure to comply could lead to enforcement action or even prosecution.

Dr Jeremy Hodge, chief executive of BASEC, said: "It is really a matter of ensuring that the fire safety systems including fire alarms and detection equipment meet the requirements of the premises and how it is used.

"As part of the system, the appropriate fire performance cabling should be installed to ensure integrity of the system. There are clear guidelines for cabling for alarms and fire detection equipment and there can be no short-cuts when it comes to fire safety. We would recommend that only BASEC-approved cables, which have undergone rigorous testing, are used in these instances.

"Specifiers and designers, along with contractors at the installation stage, would agree and I hope they are offering the same advice all the way down the line.

"We are recommending that people take steps now to conduct a risk assessment which helps demonstrate that  they have an adequate system, or if they are unsure to take advice to understand what steps they need to take to ensure compliance."

Any assessment should pay particular attention to those at special risk, such as the disabled and those with special needs and must include consideration of any dangerous substances likely to be on the premises.

Those businesses employing five or more people must record the significant findings of the assessment.

The legislation covers nearly every type of building, structure and open space except for private homes and individual flats in a block or house, although communal areas will be affected.

For further information see www.firesafetylaw.communities.gov.uk

ENDS

For further press information contact:

Paul Tustin, Acumen Public Relations.

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Editor's Notes:

BASEC is the recognised leader in product certification services for electrical cables, data/signal cables and ancillary products. Through its teams of highly skilled engineers and auditors who possess extensive in-depth commercial and industrial experience, BASEC has a reputation for professional and rigorous assessment processes which ultimately lead to the issuing of BASEC's highly respected certification.

In addition, BASEC offers auditing for Process Capability in cable making, Certificates of Assessed Design for innovative cable products and independent testing and reporting in the event of disputes.

British Approvals Service for Cables,

23 Presley Way,

Crownhill,

Milton Keynes,

MK8 0ES.

Tel: 01908 267300

Fax: 01908 267255

mail@basec.org.uk 

www.basec.org.uk

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