First published in 1992, the Fire Prevention on Construction Sites – Joint Code of Practice has just released its 10th Edition incorporating Amendment 1. The revised Code reflects the changes in standards, practice and use of modern materials with construction practices.
Excerpt from the Code of Practice:
“Every year there are numerous major fires on construction sites and in buildings undergoing refurbishment. All have serious consequences: people are killed and injured; buildings, including those of historic interest, are destroyed. Plant and equipment is damaged, work is held up and completion dates are not met.
The objective of this Code is the prevention of fires on construction sites. The majority of fires can be prevented by designing out risks, taking simple precautions, and by adopting safe working practices. All parties involved must work together to ensure that adequate detection and prevention measures are incorporated during design and contract planning stages; and that the work on site is undertaken to the highest standard of fire safety, thereby affording the maximum level of protection to the building and its occupants.