New Technical Note: Fire Safety During Removal and Replacement of Cladding

1st November 2018

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is currently undertaking a series of inspections, which are being carried out during the removal and replacement of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding projects on tall buildings.  These visits will focus mainly on fire safety, although other areas of evident concern found will also be dealt with.

HSE has produced a technical note for inspectors, outlining its operational guidance on the key fire risks to be managed by dutyholders during the removal and replacement of insulation and cladding on tall buildings.  This information will also be of use to building owners and managing agents involved in planning, procuring and undertaking the work.

This newly published technical note supplements the guidance that can already be found in HSG 168 – Fire safety in construction.  HSE strongly advises anyone who is carrying out such work, to follow the guidance in the new technical note.  This guidance can be found at Managing fire risk during cladding and insulation removal and replacement on tall buildings, and it includes an appendix, which can be given to site managers.

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