Houses and building site

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published the third edition of their fire safety in construction (HSG168) guidance.

HSG168 is aimed at everyone who procures, designs, develops, and manages construction sites, including clients and designers. The document explains how everyone involved in construction projects can comply with their legal duties relating to fire risks, and is relevant to all construction projects.

The main changes to this edition are related to the elimination and/or reduction of fire risks at the pre-construction stage as required by the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, and the addition of a glossary.

The HSE said: “Each year there are estimated to be hundreds of fires on construction sites, potentially putting the lives of workers and members of the public at risk. Fire safety in construction is about eliminating fire risks during the design phase (where practicable), preventing fires from starting and ensuring people's safety if they do.”

You can read the publication on the HSE's website here.