Fire Safety Policy

The aim of the Parliament is to achieve the highest standard of fire safety for its occupants, structures and contents, whilst having due regard for operational efficiency and the desire to facilitate ready access for the public.

The Scottish Parliament campus at Holyrood has been designated for fire precautions purposes, as Crown Property by Statutory Instrument 1999/677 “Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (Crown Status) Order 1999".

The Fire Safety Policy adopted within the Parliament campus at Holyrood is authorised by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) and will be implemented and developed by the Fire Safety Adviser through the Fire Safety Committee. The Fire Safety Adviser is responsible for maintaining the fire safety strategy, acting as the "competent person" under Part 3 of The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (as amended) and The Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006.

The procedures have been developed following the guidance provided in the PACE (Property Advisers to the Civil Estate) Fire Safety Guide. The Fire Precautions Act 1971 (as amended), The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 (as amended 1999), The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996, forming the overall controls at the time of construction and migration from the Interim Parliament buildings in 2004.

The "Fire (Scotland) Act 2005" and related fire safety legislation the "Fire (Scotland) Regulations 2006 will take the place of the previous UK wide fire safety legislation i.e. Fire Precautions Act 1971, the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 and a multitude of other minor fire safety related elements contained in other legislation.

Fire safety procedures are monitored and reviewed by the Fire Safety Adviser and are available on SPEIR. These procedures give information and guidance for dealing with all fire incidents ranging from minor fires to major emergencies, fire drills, training and for the evacuation of part of or the whole of the Parliament in the event of a major fire.

The following policy statement is made on behalf of the SPCB:

“The Parliament’s policy on first aid fire-fighting is that building users should only attempt to tackle small incidents of fire and that they should be confident that they have the appropriate training and the correct extinguishing equipment; and that by doing so they will not put themselves or others at risk. Should a single fire extinguisher fail to put out the fire, individuals should abandon attempts to tackle the blaze and leave the building” by the nearest safe exit".

Go to the Fire safety pages for information on the following:

Current Fire Safety Notices
Fire Evacuation Procedures
Fire Safety Committee
Fire Safety Policy
Current version of the Fire Safety Manual
Fire Statistics i.e. fire alarm activity and fire safety delivery performance
Home Fire Safety link
Generic campus Fire Risk Assessment
Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEP)
Unwanted Calls (to the Fire & Rescue Service) Strategy
Arrangements for Fire Safety Training
Hot Works Permit
Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEP)
Fire Risk Assessment
Fire Safety Legislation
Employers Health & Safety/Fire Safety Memorandum of Understanding