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STA Launches Fire Safety Guidance for the Construction Industry Surrounding Timber Frame Properties

The Structural Timber Association (STA) has launched its ‘Designers Guide to Structural Timber Frame fire safety during construction’ video for the construction industry. Funded by a CITB bid and produced with input from the HSE, the video succeeds the STA’s previous fire safety CPD, bringing legislation up to date and presenting the information in an easy to digest format.

The professionally produced video enables architects, design and build managers and project architects to be aware of the potential fire risks during the construction phase of structural timber frame properties, and the key ways these risks can be mitigated.

Although focused on structural timber frame construction sites specifically, many of the practices and legislation requirements are applicable across other forms of construction.

Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association said, “Following the high profile court case where the HSE fined an architects practice for not following the STA fire safety guidance, or undertaking an independent assessment, the HSE stated that ignorance of guidance is not an acceptable excuse and that design groups should obtain suitable training.

“In an effort to ensure that architects and site managers comply with relevant legislation, such as CDM 2015 and HSG 168, we’ve updated our guidance into an easily accessible online video.”

The video is further supported with advice note documents and the STA’s existing fire safety materials, such as the 16 Steps to Fire Safety. Throughout the video ‘pause points’ are provided, to allow the audience to reference the written documents to gain a complete overview of the factors to be aware of.

Andrew concludes, “This guidance video, along with its supporting documents, provide vital information to architects and site managers surrounding how to best prevent the construction phase fire risk.

“Raising the bar with regards to best practice standards, the video will enable construction professionals to comply to HSE requirements.”

To watch the STA Designers Guide to Structural Timber Frame fire safety during construction video please click here:

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