The Government have committed to delivering the biggest change in building safety for generations. In January 2020, a new Building Safety Regulator was added to the Health and Safety Executive, phase 1 of the Grenfell Inquiry was published, and it was announced that building owners who had not taken action to ensure building safety would be named. In addition, in March 2020, the Government announced £1bn Building Safety Fund for all forms of cladding removal, including timber, high-pressure laminate and other cladding materials with a Euroclass fire rating of ‘C’ or below.
In July 2020, the government published its draft Building Safety Bill, which was described by housing secretary Robert Jenrick as the “biggest improvements to building safety in nearly 40 years”, the bill contains wide-ranging changes including more stringent requirements on the built environment sector around building safety standards and the introduction of a new Building Safety Regulator.
This online, interactive training course will provide practical training for social housing providers, bringing them up to date with the latest regulations and safety requirements. All participants will finish the day equipped with the practical tools to implement a comprehensive fire safety programme within their organisation.
- Analyse the upcoming regulatory changes, including recent flammable cladding ban and their consequences to your organisation
- Clarify what you are accountable for and understanding shared responsibilities throughout the building’s lifecycles
- Review and clarify your responsibilities and roles in ensuring fire safety in high rise buildings
- Discuss with your peers what an effective fire safety strategy looks like, and consequently create an effective fire safety programme for your organisation
*Please note this conference will run entirely via an online platform. Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates
- Outlining the announcement of the Fire Safety Bill and Building Safety Fund and the implications for your organisations
- Discussing the Government’s Response to Hackitt Review and the proposed reform of building safety, including a new dutyholder regime and a more effective regulatory and accountability framework
- Clarifying the ‘grey areas’ under fire safety legislation and responsibilities
A 15-minute interactive session in which delegates will be able to ask questions, raise key concerns with both the speakers and trainer.
- Outlining the implementation of a Waking Watch
- Explaining how communication was adapted as a result of Covd-19 and kept customers informed by hosting live webinars where they can have their questions answered about the cladding replacement.
- Examining the channels used to keep people aware of fire safety, through social media and including the creation of a dedicated webpage with up to date FAQs addressing all their main concerns
- Understanding the creation of a Customer Hub – a dedicated space within the buildings where people can ask questions and where the Customer Liaison Officer will be keeping customers informed throughout the key stages
- Determining primary responsibility for new build and commissioned projects
- Establishing who ensures that the building remains fit for purpose throughout its lifecycle
- Ensuring competence and qualifications of all parties involved
- Working with other agencies, organisations and residents to establish shared responsibility
- Clarifying the overlap in responsibilities – who holds the responsibility for making sure that buildings are safe
- Ensuring comprehensive fire safety and risk assessment training for all parties involved
- Discussing Orbit’s journey from being the first Housing Provider (HP) to be downgraded for fire safety in 2015 to becoming the first HP to be awarded the RoSPA Gold award for Customer Safety in 2019
- Implementation of cultural change at Orbit and the practical steps taken to transform the way all compliance functions are now approached and delivered
- Analysing how the ‘customer safety’ culture aligns with some of the key findings in the Hackitt report
- Providing real-world practical steps that any organisation can take to help change the way they keep their customers safe
Work with the trainer to develop an effective, comprehensive plan to improve fire safety in your organisation
- Reviewing the existing organisational standards, identifying areas of weakness and building on good practice
- Planning for the implementation of the approaching changes in your organisation
- Ensuring compliance, inspection and accreditation and taking into account budgetary constraints
- Building an efficient fire safety programme – with particular emphasis on high rise buildings
- Discussing how you can future-proof projects by ensuring that the products you invest in are in accordance with standards and are marketed in relation to building regulations
*Programme subject to change