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NHS Scotland Firecode: Fire safety in healthcare premises – General fire precautions

Scottish Health Technical Memorandum 83

NHS Scotland Firecode: Fire safety in healthcare premises – General fire precautions

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Scottish Health Technical Memorandum


Gives general fire precautions in healthcare premises, in particular implementing policies and programmes for dealing with the life-threatening situations presented by fire in an extremely vulnerable environment, and for ensuring that staff at all levels receive appropriate and regular training in fire safety and evacuation procedures.


Version 3.0: April 2004, updates version 2.0 issued in December 1999. SHTM 83 also includes part 2 which is published as a separate document 'NHS Scotland Firecode: general fire precautions - fire safety training' (HFS, 2017). The suggested timescales for staff training given within this document have been replaced by those in SHTM 83 Part 2. NHS Scotland Property and Environment Forum is now known as Health Facilities Scotland.


Publisher History

Documents now produced by Health Facilities Scotland, a division of National Services Scotland. Content was published under the Open Government Licence v3.0.



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