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Sector Specific Guidance

A series of sector specific guides has been produced providing practical fire safety guidance for those with responsibilities under Part 3 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, as amended, and the Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006.

Where possible, the guides do not set down prescriptive standards, but provide recommendations regarding the fire safety risk assessment process, the reduction of risk and guidance on fire safety measures that can be implemented to mitigate risk. However, there is no obligation to adopt any particular solution in the guides if the outcomes of a fire safety risk assessment can be met in some other way.

Enforcing authorities are required to take into account the content of the guides to assist in determining whether enforcement action may be necessary, but in doing so they should have a flexible approach to enforcement.

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Non-residential Premises (Issued August 2017)

Care Homes (Revised February 2014)

In addition to the above guidance, the following guide, prepared by the Scottish Government, offers fire safety advice in respect of certain existing premises with sleeping accommodation. It consolidates and supersedes a number of individual Scottish Government guides (which have been removed from this page), and introduces a substantial number of editorial changes aimed at improving dutyholders’ understanding of the guidance.

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Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Existing Premises with Sleeping Accommodation (published June 2018)

Printed versions of the guides may be available via the public library network.