Simon Ince

Project Engineer, UL

January 23, 2019

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Housing fire safety: it’s time to ACT

There is absolutely no doubt that, after the tragedy of Grenfell, changes to fire risk management in the housing sector are inevitable.

These changes must be planned for by those involved in providing housing in the UK. However, there still isn’t a clearly defined sector response and some of those involved in housing might not get the full picture from sector working groups for some time.

Frankham Risk Management Services are working with many of the biggest housing providers in the UK and are advising them to ACT now!

After examining the Hackitt Review’s recommendations, we know that three key areas are likely to shape the outcomes of any work done to improve housing fire safety provision in the future.

Accountability

Any ambiguity over where responsibility lies must be addressed. A robust structure of accountability will create a transparent fire safety regime.

This will improve regulatory compliance and help enforcers focus on those failing to provide fire safe buildings.

Competence

Upskilling in all areas of those involved in housing – the construction sector, fire safety sector and housing providers need to demonstrate more effective leadership in ensuring competence among their key staff.

Traceability

The creation and maintenance of building fire safety information must be a priority. From design, through procurement and on to occupation, documentation and records must be created and retained.

Some housing providers may wish to wait for all outcomes before aligning their management systems. However, Frankham RMS believes that ‘best practice’ will be the final destination for all those involved in housing – and that journey should start now.

“The first step towards change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” Nathanial Brendan

Frankham RMS, in partnership with Engie (Gold sponsor) and Gerda (Silver Sponsor), are hosting a free seminar in Westminster on 20 February 2019.

This seminar, entitled ‘Fire Safety in Housing – preparing for a changing landscape’, will seek to explore the likely outcomes from the Hackitt Review recommendations. Key industry speakers will detail how potential changes in fire safety requirements will impact on housing providers, tenants, and those who service and supply the housing sector.

The programme will cover:

  • Regulatory and enforcement frameworks
  • Competency in the housing sector
  • Product testing and certification
  • Provision of key information
  • Better procurement and competence of contractors
  • The changing landscape of fire safety in housing

To book your place email [email protected]

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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