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DCLG Guidance on procuring fire safety in new buildings.
Since the first e-bulletin (July 2013) there has been a significant increase in the number of sprinkler systems being installed in the UK and this is anticipated to increase particularly with the new legislative requirements in Wales.
This bulletin provides an overview of changes to legislation and standards relating to sprinklers and an update on water company policies and procedures relating to the provision of water for sprinkler systems
This guidance has been prepared by the Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) Forum. It has had input from, and is supported by, ESA (Environmental Services Association), the Environment Agency (EA), The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Health and Safety Laboratories (HSL), the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), CIWM (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management) and other bodies. Specific messages from the HSE and EA are included at the end of this introduction. In addition, the main insurers providing cover to the waste management sector have been consulted for their views.
The aim of this guidance is to provide waste management operators with the guidance, information and standards to allow them to:
Reduce the likelihood and frequency of fires occurring on solid waste handling sites Where fires do occur, to reduce the potential health and environmental impacts
This guidance is intended as an umbrella document: It gives advice applicable to a wide range of waste management and similar sites which handle wastes, but it cannot cover every specific aspect of all forms of waste management operation. As knowledge on the burn properties of specific wastes improves, experience of real fires accumulates and as better information becomes available, revisions of this guidance will be made to keep it up to date.
BAFSA is a founder member of the BSA which is dedicated to putting the case for the wider use of sprinkler systems in industrial and commercial buildings.
To date (April 2014), the BSA has published three in-depth reports which demonstrate the wider value of sprinkler systems.
Access the BSA website for up to the minute information at:http://www.business-sprinkler-alliance.org
This is Water UK's Policy Statement on the supply of water for domestic sprinkler systems as at December 2013.