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Control measure

Liaise with the responsible person (or appointed competent person) for the site

Control measure knowledge

In the context of a construction site the responsible person will be the client, when any part of the site falls under their control, or the principle or main contractor, normally through a site manager, when the site is in their control.

Through various phases of construction or demolition, the responsible person (or appointed competent person) should have the appropriate level of knowledge and skills to be able to provide accurate and relevant information on their specific area of the site and the building work being carried out. They should be able to interpret and translate this understanding into information that would be useful in support of fire and rescue service operational activities.

The responsible person (or appointed competent person) may also be able to direct fire and rescue service personnel to other subject matter experts who have information about the processes being carried out on-site. Their business continuity plan may hold additional information that could be useful to the incident commander.

On larger construction sites, site layout plans should include the following information:

  • Access, egress and rendezvous points (RVPs) for the fire and rescue service
  • Firefighting shafts, firefighting lifts and temporary hoist facilities
  • Dedicated emergency escape routes and staircases
  • Fixed installations
  • Isolation points for utilities
  • Fixed plant and machinery
  • Silos
  • Fire barriers such as fire stopping pillows
  • Floor loading limitations
  • Positions of hydrants on or near the site, dry riser and wet riser inlets
  • Temporary buildings and temporary accommodation
  • Unguarded edges or openings
  • Hazardous materials
  • Underground structures or groundworks

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Engage with site operators for familiarisation and pre-planning
  • Record the contact details of the responsible person (or appointed competent person) who can assist the responding fire and rescue service personnel at an incident
  • Obtain information through site visits and inspections; this should be regularly reviewed, updated and communicated to relevant fire and rescue service personnel

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Establish and maintain communication with responsible person on site

  • Record the details of the responsible person (or appointed competent person)
  • Record the advice given by the responsible person (or appointed competent person)
  • Consider inviting the responsible person (or appointed competent person) to attend command meetings