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Improving building safety audits

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 12th March 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour

What is the LFB doing to a) increase uptake of the shortened audit process for building safety and b) implement the trialled project of firefighters doing low risk audits?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

London Fire Brigade (LFB) already has a ‘short audit’ capability built into the existing electronic audit forms used during inspections. All LFB audits start as a ‘short audit’ and the inspection process is only extended if fire safety failures are evident in the building or the management arrangements. This approach is in alignment with the 2015 national CFOA Guidance on the audit and inspection principles. The only difference is that LFB uses this single expandable electronic ‘form’ rather than two separate and discrete processes, and therefore LFB does not report on these separately to the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government. It is expected that the training for fire station crews to undertake fire safety checks will start in June 2020 and take 24 months to complete.