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The new 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.
With the additional announcement of the new Fire Safety Bill in the Queen’s Speech in December 2019, there is now a renewed pressure on social housing to comply with regulations and ensure their buildings are safe. The government have announced they “will not hesitate to encourage and support enforcement action” if regulations are not met.
Join this one-day interactive training course on Ensuring Effective Fire Safety in Housing to get a grip on the latest regulations and updated safety requirements. You will leave this training session with the knowledge on how you can implement a comprehensive fire safety programme in your 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.
- Setting up first coordinated fire safety partnership in the UK – how the scheme came about
- Reviewing how the Primary Authority Scheme works, who is involved and what are the benefits of membership including access to free advice on fire safety enforcement, legal issues, compliance and existing protocols
- Sharing how you can go about setting up coordinated partnerships including creating a Primary Authority Scheme working group
A 15-minute interactive session in which delegates will partake in polls to determine key areas of concern and inform the trainer of where their organisation stands in terms of accountability.
- 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