• International Workplace
  • 30 May 2002

New Guidance on Fire Safety Management published by Workplacelaw Network

The Workplacelaw Network has published important new guidance on fire safety management, which will help employers, property and health and safety managers come to terms with practical compliance issues relating to the fire regulations. The publication is written by fire safety engineering specialists Lawrence Webster Forrest.

The 296-page publication covers all aspects of fire safety management in the workplace, including: legislation, risk assessment, emergency planning, staff training, the conflict with security, disabled people and fire safety, preventing arson, fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, and safety signage.

The trend in fire safety legislation is towards the employer being responsible for the identification and management of risk. The problem for employers and workplace managers is that fire safety law in the UK has developed in a fragmented, uncoordinated manner, resulting in over 120 pieces of legislation dealing with fire safety and fire precautions in one form or another.

Dale Collins, a health and safety specialist with Osborne Clarke solicitors, comments:

"This book looks at these topics from the workplace managers viewpoint and provides in clear, straightforward terms an insight into and clarification of this complex and muddled subject".

Copies of the "LWF Guide to Fire Safety Management Law and Practice" (ISBN 1-900648-16-4, price £49.50) can be ordered from the Workplacelaw Network on Tel. 0870 777 0202, Fax 0870 777 8882, or E-mail (10% discount for Workplacelaw Network members).



1. The Workplacelaw Network supplies legal support and information to over 17,000 UK managers and employers, including property, HR and health and safety managers. See for more information. Press contact: Samantha Colella, 0870 777 8881,

2. Lawrence Webster Forrest Ltd (LWF) is a fire safety engineering consultancy with over fifteen year’s experience in the development of fire engineering technology and the application of fire safety standards. As one of the country's leading independent fire consultants Lawrence Webster Forrest provides building managers, owners, occupiers, developers and designers with innovative solutions to the problems of establishing an integrated premises fire safety strategy. For more information about LWF, please contact Peter Gyere, Marketing Manager, LWF, Lawrence House, 9 Woodside Green, London SE25 5EY, Tel. 0208 655 1605, Email,