Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire Safety in Construction

Guidance for clients, designers and those managing and carrying out construction work involving significant fire risks

This is a free-to-download, web-friendly version of HSG168 (Second edition, published 2010).

This version has been adapted for online use from HSE’s current printed version.
You can buy the book at and most good bookshops.
ISBN 978 0 7176 6345 3
Price £10.95

Although the construction industry’s performance has improved over the past decade, the rates of death, serious injury and ill health for construction site workers are still too high. When construction activities are not adequately controlled, children and other members of the public can also be killed or injured, and property adjacent to construction sites be put at risk – for example, from a site fire large enough to spread off-site.

The guidance will be extremely useful to all those who have a role in the development, management and application of fire safety standards on construction sites, ie clients, designers, contractors and CDM co-ordinators. It will also support those with legal responsibilities under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, while assisting site managers in the day-to-day management of fire risks on site.

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