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BESA Webinar questions if safety providers should continue with maintenance work

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Information from BESA Coronavirus Guidance Webinar 25/03/2020

BAFE are aware our Registered Companies are looking for further clarification on what work can continue regarding fire safety policies of buildings.


In the BESA (Building Engineering Services Association) Coronavirus Guidance Webinar today (25/03/2020). This was a question posed to Stuart Young (Stakeholder Engagement/Management, Hackitt Review, Housing and Regeneration Construction Unit, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy).


David Frise (Group Chief Executive Officer – BESA) asked: “In terms of continuing maintenance, a theme we’ve been seeing a lot of, should we continue maintenance on buildings? Particularly around things like legionella, fire safety, all of those things. There seems to be a misunderstanding amongst many clients that we can just stop all that for a moment or not allow it to continue. Is the policy that actually that should continue otherwise we put these buildings at risk. Should we continue with maintenance?”


Stuart responded “Yes. The [safety] policies should continue for the reasons you just mentioned.” *


BAFE must reiterate from earlier information published to only perform any work if it is safe to do so. If your clients are unable to fulfil their scheduled maintenance of fire safety provisions, please take any measures possible to assist in the building’s safety (and document actions). Clients must continue their regular fire safety policy and scheduled work/maintenance as best as possible in the interest of safety as noted above by Stuart Young (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy).


Further information and questions will be answered on the BESA website https://www.thebesa.com/covid19


*Information correct as of 25/03/2020 13:00 (subject to change).

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