Agenda

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Tall Building Fire Safety Conference

Official Opening
10:00 - 10:05
session
Head of Technical Services
Shard Quarter (REM)
Churchill Fellowship Study into Evacuation from Tall Buildings
10:10 - 10:45
Keynote
Fire Officer
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
Head of Technical Services
Shard Quarter (REM)
What can go wrong with Smoke Control Installations
10:50 - 11:15
session
Technical Director
Colt UK
Head of Technical Services
Shard Quarter (REM)
Single point of failure and inter-relationship between stair pressurisation system and evacuation strategy for tall buildings
11:20 - 11:45
session
Fire Engineering Manager
BCA Logic Pty Ltd
Head of Technical Services
Shard Quarter (REM)
Case study of lift/elevator evacuation strategy
11:50 - 12:15
session
Head of UK Fire Engineering
WSP
Head of Technical Services
Shard Quarter (REM)
A discussion of the latest findings from FPA Research following the Grenfell Tower Fire
12:20 - 12:45
session
Technical Director
Fire Protection Association
Head of Technical Services
Shard Quarter (REM)

The suitability of the current BS8414 test in testing external cladding, The concept of a perfect build versus the standard fitted build, Improvements in fire load of materials to aid real life scenario.

Panel Discussion
12:50 - 12:55
session
Head of Technical Services
Shard Quarter (REM)
Fire Testing of Tall Building Façade Systems
14:00 - 14:35
session
Station Manager
Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service
Head of Technical Services
Shard Quarter (REM)
Fire Performance of Insulated Panel & Rainscreen Façade Systems
14:40 - 15:05
session
Head of Fire Engineering Services
Kingspan
Head of Technical Services
Shard Quarter (REM)
Can technology help to detect and extinguish fires in high rise buildings?
15:10 - 15:35
session
CEO
Fire Industry Association
Head of Technical Services
Shard Quarter (REM)
Exterior Fire Protection for High-Rise Buildings
15:40 - 16:05
session
Senior Manager of Innovation and New Ventures
Johnson Controls Global Fire Suppression Products
Head of Technical Services
Shard Quarter (REM)
Panel Discussion
16:10 - 16:55
session
Head of Technical Services
Shard Quarter (REM)

FPA Infozone

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TBC
10:20 - 10:50
session
Who is the responsible person?
11:00 - 11:50
session
Senior Fire Trainer
The FPA

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires the ‘responsible person’ to provide and maintain sufficient fire safety. This talk will establish who the responsible person is and what responsibilities they hold, helping to demystify this important part of the legislation.

Post Grenfell update
12:00 - 12:50
session
Technical Director
The FPA

Following the worst fire in living memory this session will look at what has changed in the sector in the last 12 months and what is planned for the future.

Deadling with the stress of being a risk assessor
13:00 - 13:50
session
Stay put and refuge areas
14:00 - 14:50
session
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The Fire Brigades Union

This talk will explore the topical and easily mismanaged policy of occupants
“staying in a building during a fire being the safer option over evacuation”.
It will specifically cover:
• Why would you keep people in a building as opposed to evacuate?
• Refuges or places of safety within a building
• The principle of compartmentation
• What can go wrong and challenges of adopting the policy

Fire testing of Facades BS8414
15:00 - 15:20
session
Technical Director
The FPA
TBC
15:30 - 16:00
session

Expertise & Guidance Theatre

Opening Keynote
10:45 - 11:15
session
Panel: Grenfell - one year on - Fire Sector Federation
11:25 - 12:20
session

As we approach the Grenfell anniversary and anticipate the publication of recommendations from Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, the Fire Sector Federation has assembled a panel of fire safety experts. The panel will review activities of the last year, discuss proposals for legislative change and make recommendations for improving fire protection throughout the built environment. The panel, representing different aspects of the fire sector, will be available to answer your questions and offer views on developing an appropriate fire safety solution that ensures a tragedy such as Grenfell can never happen again.

The wider implications of the Grenfell disaster for health and safety regulation
12:30 - 13:00
session
Chair of NAtional Compliance and Risk Qualifications
HSE

The Grenfell Tower disaster has of course immediate lessons for fire prevention. It also shares many characteristics of wider health and safety disasters such as the fact that it was foreseen, that it took place within an unsatisfactory regulatory framework and that it is still unclear that the remedial measures so far proposed will satisfactorily address the underlying problem. In his talk
Geoffrey Podger will ask why it takes a major disaster to motivate us to take preventive and proportionate action on health and safety risks and whether past lessons of how to achieve this have really been learnt.

Churchill Fellowship study into evacuation from tall buildings
13:10 - 13:50
session
Fire Officer
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

This presentation will give a global perspective of evolving evacuation methods from high-rise buildings and identifying potential fire and life safety improvements within this complex vertical world. This presentation will draw upon research gathered as part of an Australian Winston Churchill Fellowship conducted throughout eleven different countries. Including:

High-rise buildings – the codes, standards, design, construction and on-going management

Occupants – how to evacuate and implement safety procedures to manage the occupants

Incidents – analysis of previous high-rise incidents and identify the capabilities and challenges facing firefighters

New fire detection & alarm qualifications
13:55 - 14:25
session

The Fire Industry Association (FIA) has become a recognised awarding Organisation that can register qualifications on the National Curriculum. Four FD&A qualifications have been announced (Design, Install, Commissioning & Maintenance). Find out what the thinking behind this move was and what the vision is.
This session will look at the Foundation unit launched in January 2018. What is included, initial feedback and future plans.

Post Grenfell - what have we learned about fire safety deficiency (from a legal standpoint) in the UK in 2018?
14:30 - 15:00
session

• Main findings from the Grenfell enquiry so far
• What the real fire safety issues are
• Who could and should be liable for those issues
• What the likely fines might be if there is a prosecution
• How to avoid being a situation like this in the first place

Fire Risk Assessment - what does it look like now?
15:10 - 15:40
session
Managing Director
Safety Management (UK)

By the time I come to deliver this, Dame Judith Hackitt is expected to have delivered her report and we will likely be looking at the brave new world of fire safety. From what we already know, there is an increased focus on the ‘quality’ of the product.

This has brought a number of significant issues to the fore in the last 12 months;

• Resources required to deliver the FRAs
• Competence and qualifications - what is good enough?
• Client needs and expectations – how will you balance large quantities of work, with the very best standards of quality, and price…
• What is a Type 4 fire risk assessment? Does the outside of building for part of the FRA?
• Is there enough cross discipline thinking and working in the fire safety industry?

These issues and more questions will be addressed.

TBC
15:50 - 16:20
session
Preventing false alarms in residential buildings
16:30 - 17:00
session