Overview

29 Jun, 20229:30 am-4:00 pm
Online Training Course
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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. 

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 the Housing Secretary at the time, 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.

Since then, Secretary of State for Levelling Up Michael Gove announced that the financial responsibility for fixing unsafe cladding would not fall upon tenants. The 4-point plan set out in January 2022 covers additional funding, protection for leaseholders, and clarifies who can be held accountable.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyse the latest, upcoming regulatory changes, including recent flammable cladding ban and the consequences and impact they will have on 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
  • Understand how to effectively communicate with tenants and respond to safety complaints
  • Discuss with your peers what an effective fire safety strategy looks like, and consequently create an effective fire safety programme for your organisation

Key Speakers

Peter Philips photo
Peter Philips
Environmental Health Consultant
LRB Consulting Limited
Dave Simmons photo
Dave Simmons
Sector Development Lead
Housing Ombudsman Service
Saba Naqshbandi photo
Saba Naqshbandi
Barrister
Three Raymond Buildings

Agenda

9:30 am
Login and Accessing the Online Platform
9:45 am
Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

Note that all of today’s sessions will be interactive, and attendees will have regular opportunities to pose questions to our experts, have their concerns heard, and leave the day equipped to improve their fire safety policies.

Peter Philips
Peter Philips
Environmental Health Consultant
LRB Consulting Limited
Confirmed
10:00 am
Outlining Recent Legislation Updates and the Future Changes to Fire Safety in Housing
  • Outlining the announcement of the Fire Safety Bill and Building Safety Fund and the implications for your organisation
  • Discussing the Government’s Response to the Hackitt Review and the proposed reform of building safety, including a new duty holder regime and a more effective regulatory and accountability framework
  • Clarifying the ‘grey areas’ under fire safety legislation and responsibilities
Saba Naqshbandi
Saba Naqshbandi
Barrister
Three Raymond Buildings
Confirmed
11:00 am
Defining Accountability in the Housing Sector: Roles, Responsibilities and Accreditation for Fire Safety
  • 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
Peter Philips
Peter Philips
Environmental Health Consultant
LRB Consulting Limited
Confirmed
11:30 am
Morning Break
11:45 am
Case Study: Effectively Communicating and Working with Residents to Improve Fire Safety
  • Outlining the development and impact of the #GetFireSmart Campaign
  • Examining the channels used to keep people aware of fire safety, through events, web, social media, posters and resident letters
  • Exploring the impact of working in partnership with the Fire Service, including on evacuation exercises and to develop an awareness-raising film
  • Sharing top tips for effective communication with residents, especially in relation to remedial fire safety work projects
Andrea Marchetti
Andrea Marchetti
Head of Customer Communications
Sovereign
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Afternoon Break
1:15 pm
Case Study: Effectively Implementing Organisation Wide Culture Change Towards Fire Safety in Housing
  • 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
Neil Yeomans
Neil Yeomans
Head of Customer Safety
Orbit
Confirmed
2:00 pm
Understanding Best Practice for Dealing with Cladding Complaints

This session will discuss the Housing Ombudsman Service’s Spotlight Report on cladding, and their recommendations for landlords.

Dave Simmons
Dave Simmons
Sector Development Lead
Housing Ombudsman Service
Confirmed
2:45 pm
Building an Efficient and Effective Fire Safety Programme in Your Organisation

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
Peter Philips
Peter Philips
Environmental Health Consultant
LRB Consulting Limited
Confirmed
3:45 pm
Feedback, Evaluation and Close

*Programme subject to change

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