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Grey areas of Hackitt Review implementation the focus of forthcoming FPA seminar

Due to the sell-out success of the Fire Protection Association’s ‘Building a safer future’ seminar in Gloucestershire in February, a similar event has been planned to take place in London in April.

The seminar will take a refreshed look at the Hackitt Review implementation plan and how safety standards and regulations are changing in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Speakers will address the implications for industry, stakeholders, and residents of tall buildings, and how different agencies can work together to improve and promote fire safety.

Karen Beauchamp from Clevertronics attended the Gloucestershire seminar and said:

“I had a really positive experience. It was a great opportunity to be amongst professionals that value quality, compliance and safety above costs and have a common ground to make the environment we live and work in a safer place.”

“There are many grey areas that need un-picking.” FPA MD Jonathan O’Neill

The government’s response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s recommendations, Building a Safer Future’, was released in December in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and confirmed that a “stronger and more effective regulatory framework’ is required which ‘commits the government to a programme of reform over the coming years.”

Commenting on the relevance of the seminar, Fire Protection Association Managing Director Jonathan O’Neill said:

“Whilst we welcome all the work on building regulations that has been achieved to date by Dame Judith Hackitt, since the government’s implementation plan it has become apparent that there are many grey areas that need un-picking, so that those implementing the recommendations actually understand the implications.”

The event will be chaired by John Smeaton, Chair of the Fire Protection Association and speakers include:

  • Nick Coombe – Protection Vice-Chair, national Fire Chief’s Council – How will the enforcement regulation landscape evolve?
  • Tom Roche – FM Global – Impact of Grenfell from a commercial property insurer perspective
  • Dr Jim Glockling – Technical Director, Fire Protection Association – Building information modelling (BIM) and resilient buildings
  • Graham Watts – Chief Executive, Construction Industry Council – Creating the competency framework
  • Howard Passey – Principal Consultant, Fire Protection Association – The Future for Fire Risk Assessment and Risk Management

Learning outcomes on the day:

  • Dame Judith Hackitt’s recommendations and how these will be implemented
  • Are fire regulations fit for purpose?
  • The view of ‘early adopters’ and safety of high-rise buildings
  • The future of compliance and enforcement
  • How sectors can work collaboratively

Seminar ideal for:

  • Social housing providers
  • Building owners, landlords and managing agents
  • Insurers/brokers
  • Facilities/building managers
  • Health and safety managers
  • Construction industry professionals and manufacturers
  • Architects and designers
  • Building control officers and approved inspectors
  • Fire risk assessors
  • Fire engineers
  • Fire and rescue services enforcement officers

Seminar details

  • Date: Monday 29 April 2019
  • Venue: The Cavendish Conference Centre, London
  • Time: 10:00-16:00

Find out more or book your ticket here – or call the Fire Protection Association’s training team on 01608 812500.

The Fire Protection Association

The Fire Protection Association (FPA) is the UK’s national fire safety organisation. We work to identify the dangers of fire and the means by which potential for loss is kept to a minimum.

Since 1946 we have attained an unrivalled reputation for quality of work and expertise in all aspects of fire including research, consultancy, training, membership, publications, risk surveying and auditing.  Our products and services are designed to assist fire, security and safety professionals achieve and maintain the very highest standards of fire safety management.

Our engineers, scientists and consultants have a vast knowledge of fire and risk prevention as well an in depth understanding of fire behaviour and the consequences of poor risk management. They work with research companies, government bodies, industry and the insurance community on projects of varying scale and complexity.

Jonathan O’Neill OBE

Jonathan O’Neill has been Managing Director of the Fire Protection Association since 1999. He sits on several government and ministerial advisory bodies, including the Arson Control Forum and the Operational Guidance Strategy Board.

He was awarded the OBE for services to fire safety in 2017 and the Fire Industry Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

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