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Monday, December 3, 2018

HSE to carry out inspections of high-rise residential buildings where remediation of dangerous cladding is taking place.

 

The inspectors will be looking at the way the work is being carried out, specifically as far as issues of fire safety and working at height are concerned, rather than its compliance with Building Regulations.

However, in an unusual move, they will also be asking clients, designers and contractors specifically about the materials being used to replace the ACM cladding, whether they are class A1 or A2 under the European Reaction to Fire classification system, and reporting their findings back to MHCLG.

While inspections will cover all of Scotland, England and Wales, the majority are likely to take place in London and other English cities, reflecting the higher proportion of affected buildings in those areas. The focus of the visits will be on fire safety, though other matters of evident concern found will also be dealt with during the inspections.

A total of 80-90 unscheduled visits are expected to be carried out and will start “as soon as possible”, most likely in the Manchester area.

Advice to Inspectors published on fire risk during work on tall buildings.

HSE has produced a Sector Technical Note for construction division inspectors at Appendix 1 of its operational guidance on Managing fire risk during cladding and insulation removal and replacement on tall buildings.

Click here to access the full operational guidance.

The note is focused on fire matters which is also useful for clients, Building Management agents, designers and contractors involved in planning, procuring and undertaking the work.

Appendix 1 of the document outlines responsibilities and key fire risks to be managed by duty holders during the removal and replacement of insulation and cladding on tall buildings

Also available for those involved in construction projects is The HSE leaflet Fire safety in Construction

This document 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.

You can access this leaflet here.

 

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