Scottish government publishes new fire safety guidance

Scottish government publishes new fire safety guidance

THE SCOTTISH government’s Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Existing Non-Residential Premises offers fire safety advice for such properties.

This renewed guidance relates specifically to ‘fire safety responsibilities for business owners of non residential premises’, with the three new documents including the guidance itself, an equality impact assessment and a document on the business and regulatory impact assessment. In its executive summary, the government notes that the guide offers the advice ‘in respect of’ existing such premises.

In turn, it noted that the new guidance ‘consolidates and supersedes a number of individual Scottish government guides, and introduces a substantial number of editorial changes in the revision aimed at improving duty holders’ understanding’. It has been developed for duty holders to ‘help meet their requirements’ under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, and covers those existing non residential premises ‘without sleeping accommodation’ including offices, shops and entertainment venues’.

Finally, the government noted that the guidance ‘does not seek to impose new standards, nor is it intended to impose more onerous benchmarks’, and is ‘merely a revision of existing guidance currently available’. The previous guides now superseded include: Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Educational and Day Care for Children Premises: February 2008; and Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Places of Entertainment and Assembly: December 2007.

Others superseded include: Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Factories and Storage Premises: February 2008; Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Offices, Shops and Similar Premises: February 2008; and Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Transport Premises: February 2008.