Government overhauling Fire Safety Order guidance

The Home Office is looking for a supplier to bring fire safety guidance up to date and develop new guides to reflect changes to fire safety and building safety legislation.

This extensive overhaul of existing guidance and development of new material marks a step change to the current suite of guidance, some of which was published shortly after the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order came into effect in 2006.

Under this contract, the supplier will be expected to rationalise and update the suite of premises specific fire risk assessment guides, alongside the guides for specialised housing and means of escape for disabled people.

The requirement also includes the development of five new documents, which are:

  • a brief explainer on fire doors that captures regulatory changes
  • a summary of the sanctions available for breaches of the Fire Safety Order
  • an implementation guide for the primary fire safety changes planned through the Building Safety Bill
  • a comprehensive overarching fire risk assessment guide
  • an overlap guide explaining the difference between a Responsible Person and an Accountable Person under the BSB

All this work needs to be done by end of September 2022. The supplier will have to update any guides published under an earlier procurement (tranche 2) to ensure they are up to date and in line with changes made to the Building Safety Bill when it becomes an Act.

The intended audience for these guides is primarily the Responsible Person under the Fire Safety Order but will also be useful for fire risk assessors and enforcing authorities (mostly fire and rescue services, but others will have an interest).

This contract is for one supplier and is not being broken up into lots. Tenders must be received by 20 October 2021.

More information can be found on Find a Tender.