The Site Safe Strategy forms many component parts that together form a comprehensive set of Guidelines that are reliant on the collaborative working of the entire construction supply chain to reduce the risk of fire on timber frame construction sites. The initiative is a mandatory requirement of membership.
The UKTFA improved and revised the Guidance in December 2012. The key benefit of Version 2 of the Guidance is the greater flexibility it gives the designer, and ultimately the client, to specify a much broader range of solutions to achieve fire safety during construction. Version 2 takes into account the experience of application and increased knowledge of solutions to address each unique project. This Guidance affords the designer a route to a much broader scope of alternative products and assemblies that have been tested to achieve the appropriate flame spread resistance while the building is under construction.
How does Site Safe work?
Site Safe is formed in three parts:
Site Safe ensures all contractors involved in timber frame sites are fully briefed on identifying fire risks during the construction phase. While the responsibility for addressing the fire risk lies with the principal contractor, Site Safe provides a framework through which any risk can be consistently communicated so that appropriate action can be taken.
Site Safe Guidance is aimed at the commercial construction market where multiple houses, flats or rooms for residential purposes are built. It is not applicable to the one-off house market or small developments.
It is anticipated that architects, CDM (Construction Design Management) co-ordinators, project managers, timber frame companies, builders, HSE inspectors, insurance inspectors and product suppliers will all find Site Safe of use.