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Home Office to address ‘Building a safer future: a call for evidence’ seminar

Following a commitment to improve fire safety regulations within the built environment, 6 June saw the government provide a strong indication on areas in which we can expect to see long-awaited change.

These new proposals are intended to put residents at the heart of a new regulatory system and provide clarity to what has previously been an ambiguous area.

The Fire Protection Association’s seminar will endeavour to unravel the government’s response, addressing the detail of proposed changes to both the building regulations and regulatory system. We will look at implications for fire safety and future regulations, competency, the responsible person, product certification and the evolution of the enforcement regulation landscape.

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

“In the past there was confusion in the interpretation of the Fire Safety Order with regards to the materials used on the outside of buildings. Clearly since Grenfell – and the very recent fire at the block of flats with wooden balconies in Barking, legislation had to change.”


  • The event will be chaired by John Smeaton, Chair of the Fire Protection Association
  • Rod McLean, Head of the Home Office Fire Safety Unit – The Home Office’s response on the Fire Safety Order, Call for Evidence and Building Safety Consultation
  • Jonathan O’Neill OBE, Managing Director, The Fire Protection Association – Post Grenfell: Implications for fire safety and future regulations
  • Tony Corcoran, Membership Officer, Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) – Understanding best practice in passive fire protection – getting it right.
  • Howard Passey, Principal Consultant, The Fire Protection Association – The Responsible Person
  • Ian Moore, Chief Executive Officer, The Fire Industry Association (FIA) – People & product certification and approvals
  • Nick Coombe, Vice-Chair, National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) – How will the enforcement regulation landscape evolve?
  • James Wilson, British Standards Insitution (BSI) – BSI’s response to the Grenfell tower tragedy

The venue: British Motor Museum, Gaydon

Topics included

  • Access to fire industry experts
  • Topical discussions on the government’s response
  • Networking sessions
  • Delegate pack
  • Lunch
  • Tea, coffee and refreshments
  • Free entrance to the British Motor Museum
  • 5 IFSM CPD hours

Ensure your team are fully informed and up to date on legislative changes.

Target audience

  • 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: Wednesday 17th July 2019
  • Venue: British Motor Museum, Gaydon
  • Time: 10:00 – 16:00

To book

Further details can be found 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.

The Future of Fire Safety: download the eBook

Is the fire protection industry adapting to the post-Grenfell reality fast enough? At FIREX International 2019, Europe's only dedicated fire safety event, some of the world's leading fire safety experts covered this theme. This eBook covers the key insights from those discussions on the developments shaping the profession, with topics including:

  • Grenfell Inquiry must yield “bedrock change” – and soon
  • After Grenfell: Jonathan O’Neill OBE on how austerity and policy “on the hoof” are hampering progress
  • Hackitt’s Golden Thread: Fire, facilities and building safety
  • Fire safety community has to “get on board” with technological changes

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