Update to Fire Safety Regulations now in force in England – 2023

LEIA have issued the below update to their regulations, which has been shared with us via email.

Please see the information they shared below!

We covered the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 in our Technical Seminar last month and previewed some guidance we were working on.  The regulations come into force on 23 January 2023.

If you are involved in any way with the management, maintenance, inspection, thorough examination or supplementary testing of lifts for use by firefighters or of evacuation lifts in high-rise residential buildings (multi-occupied residential building at least 18 metres in height or 7 or more storeys) in England, then these Regulations and our guidance is relevant.  In particular, Regulation 7 requires the responsible person to carry out monthly routine checks of lifts for use by firefighters and also evacuation lifts, and for the responsible person to report faults to the fire and rescue service within 24 hours.

The link to the GOV.UK website for the Regulations is: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-safety-england-regulations-2022

The GOV.UK page has further links including to the following guidance to the regulations:

LEIA guidance

The link in footnote 2 of the GOV.UK guidance to Regulation 7 lands on our Lift & Escalator Owner News – Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 which is identical to the article we published originally in July 2022 except the link at the end of the 5th paragraph is now to our recently published more detailed guidance (see link below).

The newly published guidance is at LEIA Guidance Note: Checks and inspections of lifts for use by firefighters, evacuation lifts, and lifts with recall   We previewed this at our Technical Seminar last month.  The guidance provides a more complete overview of checks and inspections; not only the monthly routine checks under the new Fire Safety (England) Regulations but also on maintenance and thorough examination under the long-standing Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. 

Next steps

Owing to the short time between publication of the regulations and supporting guidance and their coming into force on 23 January 2023, we suspect that there will be a significant number of responsible persons who might not be fully aware of their new obligations, perhaps not aware of their existing obligations.  Some responsible persons, despite the monthly routine checks being relatively straightforward to carry out, might be unwilling to carry out the monthly routine checks themselves and might turn to their lift maintenance companies for assistance.

Lift maintenance companies will need to ensure that they are aware of these regulations, inform a responsible person when a lift for use by firefighters or an evacuation lift has a fault so that the responsible person can meet their requirement to report the fault to the fire and rescue service within 24 hours.

We anticipate that there will be queries and comments on this as we go into the new year and implementation of the new regulations and that we would need to hold sessions, possibly virtually, to address members’ queries.

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For further reading, see the attached letter from LEIA here.