Government announces review of building regs and fire safety

The Government has announced an independent review of building regulations and fire safety. The review has been ordered in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in West London which killed at least 80 people.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) says the review will have a particular focus on high rise residential buildings. The review will report jointly to the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

The review will examine:

When you bring contractors onto your site, it is important that you ensure that they have a clear understanding of safety and security procedures. This is generally established via the contractor induction. 

Contractor induction materials can be in the form of a simple printed sheet, a presentation, on line or offline or a video.  

Ideally, a member of your organisation’s staff should talk through the  induction with the contractor.  At the end of this, it is usual to ask them to sign and date a document to say they have read and understood the rules.  Be aware that not all contractors and sub-contractors may be able to read English. 

This page sets out some of the items that you may wish to cover in your contractor induction. Links to examples of contractor induction documents are at the bottom of this page.

Contractor induction - key points to cover

About the site

- key information about the size and layout of the site

- location and/or addresses of important buildings

- a map of the site

- location of toilets

- location of first aid


Emergency contacts

- fm contact telephone numbers

- back-up telephone numbers, including out of hours services

- general switchboard number

- nearest hospital A&E department


Access information

- where should they arrive on site

- what are the site operating hours

- what are the out-of-hours arrangements

- where should delivery vans unload

- parking information


Fire safety

- information on fire alarm tests

- fire alarm instructions

- fire marshal information

- location of assembly points

- basic fire safety instructions


Site Security

- contact details for security team on site

- location of security desk

- discussion of responsibility for contractors’ tools and materials

- instructions regarding presentation and visibility of ID cards

- instructions about ensuring the site is secure

- warning against giving access to unidentified individuals

- procedures for getting doors opened for deliveries or works


- procedures for bringing sub-contractors on site

Accident emergency procedures

- your organisational requirements

Site safety

- a clear statement of your commitment to operating a safe site

- general guidelines on site safety - see the note below

Works guidelines

Note: detailed requirements relating to permits to work , risk assessments and managing site safety should form part of the formal contract which you have agreed with contractors. These requirements are outside the scope of these general guidelines.


HSE Guidance (pdf file) on delivering contractor induction for smaller sites

Keele University - uses a video

Unversity of Northumbria (pdf file) 

West Suffolk NHS (pdf file, 12 pages)

New guide for managing visitor safety in historic buildings

The Visitor Safety in the Countryside Group (VSCG) has published a new guide on visitor safety designed for people managing historic properties.

Charities FM Group meeting on fire safety - logo
October 14, 2014

Our autumn 2014 meeting will be a joint meeting with the Charities Safety Group.

New regulations on storing petrol

A new law on storing petrol came into force at the beginning of October 2014.

Charities may well store petrol for mowers, vans or buses. It is easy to overlook a petrol can in a corner of a shed. But the HSE warns that petrol is highly flammable and can give off vapour which can easily be set on fire. This means there is always a risk of a fire and/or an explosion if there is any source of ignition nearby.

The new Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 (PCR) apply to:

HSE launches new web resource to combat Occupational Disease

HSE has launched a new website to help organisations prevent work-related illnesses. 

Occupational disease is a big problem: in 2011/12 there were an estimated 1.1 million working people suffering from a work-related illness, with around 450,000 new cases of work-related ill health. An estimated 12,000 deaths each year are caused by past exposures to harmful substances at work.

The focus of the new HSE campaign will be on two key priority areas:

HSE publishes revised Asbestos Guidance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised its guidance how organisations should manage asbestos. It has made changes to the Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) with the aim of making it easier for employers to understand their legal obligations and protect their workers from the dangers of working with asbestos.

Nearly Half of Repair and Refurb Sites fail Safety Checks

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says it found dangerous practices and poor standards at nearly half the repair and refurbishments sites it visited in September.

As part of a nationwide construction safety campaign, HSE inspectors visited 2,607 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place. Basic safety standards were not being met on 1,105 sites. 

Bangladesh Building Collapse highlights the Ethics of Procurement

The collapse of a factory building in Bangladesh last week has tragically emphasised the issue of ethical procurement. Charities have a special responsibility to source products in a responsible way.  Some charities are leading the way with detailed ethical procurement  policies covering safety, working conditions and wages. 

Construction Site Safety - Still a Problem!

Nearly one in five construction sites visited across Britain in the last month failed safety checks and were subject to enforcement action.

In a month long initiative, inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited a total of 2,363 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place.