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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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
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.
• 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
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.