This part of BS 5588 is concerned with the management of fire safety, and provides guidance for building designers and fire safety managers (in smaller premises, the fire safety manager is likely to be the owner of the building). Clauses 4, 5 and 6 deal with general issues and are of relevance to both building designers and fire safety managers. Clause 7 deals with design issues and is mostly of relevance to building designers. Clause 8 deals with the period prior to occupation of a building and is mostly of relevance to building designers, although it is also of some relevance to fire safety managers. Clauses 9 to 16 deal with management issues following occupation of a building and are mostly of relevance to fire safety managers.
This part of BS 5588 covers premises of all sizes and complexity and in consequence some material is only applicable to certain sizes or types of premises. Users of this part of BS 5588 should use only those clauses applicable to the premises to which they are dealing, e.g. in respect of existing small business premises, provisions in Clauses 11, 12, 13 and 14 need to be tailored to the actual risks and situation present.
As a code of practice, this part of BS 5588 takes the form of guidance and recommendations. It should not be quoted as if it were a specification and particular care should be taken to ensure that claims of compliance are not misleading.
Assessed capability. Users of this British Standard are advised to consider the desirability of quality system assessment and registration against the appropriate standard in the BS EN ISO 9000 series by an accredited third-party certification body.
This publication does not purport to include all the necessary provisions of a contract. Users are responsible for its correct application. Compliance with a British Standard does not of itself confer immunity from legal obligations.