NSW’s ten-point plan to ensure safety of buildings from fire

The NSW Government has come up with a ten-point plan for fire safety reforms as a response to the issues around London’s Grenfell Tower fire.

The ten-point plan will ensure that selling of unsafe building materials are halted, buildings with claddings are identified and notified and that only people with the right skills and experience can certify buildings and sign off on fire safety.

The plan includes:

  1. A comprehensive building product safety scheme that would prevent the use of dangerous products on buildings
  2. Identifying buildings that might have aluminium or other cladding
  3. Writing to the building/strata managers or owners of those buildings to encourage them to inspect the cladding and installation of cladding, if it exists
  4. NSW Fire and Rescue visiting all buildings on the list, as part of a fire safety education program, to gather information to prepare for a potential fire at that building and provide additional information to building owners
  5. Creating a new fire safety declaration that will require high-rise residential buildings to inform state and local governments as well as NSW Fire and Rescue if their building has cladding on it
  6. Speeding up reforms to toughen the regulation of building certifiers
  7. Creating an industry-based accreditation to ensure only skilled and experienced people can carry out fire safety inspections
  8. Establishing a whole-of-government taskforce to coordinate and roll out the reforms
  9. Instructing all government departments to audit their buildings and determine if they have aluminium cladding, with an initial focus on social housing
  10. Following up with local councils on correspondence they received in 2016 from the NSW Government after Melbourne’s Lacrosse Tower fire.

Minister for Better Regulation, Matt Kean said they will make sure to protect consumers and keep them safe in their homes.

“This package will protect consumers from building products that are inherently dangerous or that are being advertised for use in a way that makes them dangerous,” he said.

More information about building fire safety is available on Fire and Rescue NSW website.

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