High-rise fire safety needs ‘right people making right decisions’: IOSH

firefighters 1782207 640The right people can make right decision regarding fire safety in high-rise building, according to IOSH. (Image source: skeeze/Pixabay)The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has suggested to develop a more robust fire safety system at high-rise or complex buildings to prevent fire incidents

The interim report published by IOSH has called for professional bodies to work together to develop fire safety system.

Speaking after the publication of the interim report, Shelley Frost, director of strategic development at IOSH, said, “IOSH advocates that all high-rise buildings have robust and proportionate fire safety management, implementing the right safeguards to suit specific circumstances.”

“In the consultation, we called for the consideration of mandatory accreditation of fire risk assessors for all high-rises, to ensure standards are as high as they can be,” Frost said.

“Part of this is having the right people making the right decisions – well-trained, competent personnel. With fire safety being a complex issue, systems should be clear, simple to understand and proportionate.”

The second phase of the review is expected to address other areas highlighted by IOSH, including consideration of mandatory accreditation of fire risk assessors and retro-fitting of sprinklers in all high-rise buildings.

Dr David Gold, chair of fire risk management group of IOSH, said, “It is crucial that we work together and strive towards fire prevention firstly, but also ensure that every measure possible is in place to alert and safely evacuate people should a fire happen.”

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