The guidance offers fire safety advice in respect of certain existing premises
with sleeping accommodation for those with responsibility for fire safety in
such premises under the terms of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005. The guidance
consolidates and supersedes a number of existing individual Scottish
Government guides. It does not seek to impose major new standards, nor is it
intended to impose more onerous benchmarks.
The guidance does not prescribe any particular measures to be put in place
and, whilst it may make recommendations which have financial impacts on
businesses, these are not new and they are advisory, not statutory.
Improving the accessibility of the guidance will provide owners with more
clarity on their responsibilities, which should in turn lead to the guidance being
followed more consistently.
Following publication of this guidance it would continue to remain unlawful for
owners to discriminate against people with protected characteristics.