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The SAFETYnet annual conference 2020

  • Type HQN Event (Virtual)
  • Venue Virtual conference
  • Start 28 Oct 2020 10:30
  • End 28 Oct 2020 15:30


SAFETYnet annual conference 2020: Fire safety in today's world

Virtual conference

Join us for SAFETYnet's 2020 virtual annual conference: Fire safety in today's world. This year's virtual SAFETYnet annual conference will tackle the topic of 'fire safety in today's world', providing guidance and clarity around these areas, making sure you have the information you need to ensure the safety of your tenants.

2020 has seen a myriad of advice and guidance related to fire safety - from the Fire Safety Bill and fire safety government consultation to guidance on fire doors and their requirements.

You'll hear advice from several perspectives, including the President of the IFSM, fire safety assessors and specialists, a fire and rescue service and a social housing provider.

Don't miss out on this extremely important and topical event.

Topics include:

  • The importance of fire risk assessor competency
  • Fire risk assessment – scope, type and formats
  • Case study: Person-centered risk assessment and PEEPs
  • Humberside FRS - Premises information boxes - Typical contents from a fire & rescue service perspective
  • Fire Safety Bill and Fire safety government consultation

More information on each session can be found below:

The importance of fire risk assessor competency

We are delighted to open our conference with an informative and very topical session around the importance of fire risk assessor competency.

We will hear from Dr Bob Docherty QFSM PhD CEng FIFSM (Life) FIFireE MEI, who is the president of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM).

He will discuss assessor competence including the key issue with regards to the availability of assessors with the correct level of competence to carry out assessments of EWI/EWS. He will also talk through the benefits of fire risk assessor registers such as the Tiered Fire Risk Assessors Register (TFRAR) offered by the IFSM as well as what assurance third-party accreditation can bring to those organisations operating in the social housing sector.

Bob was a career firefighter for 33 years, retiring from Strathclyde Fire Brigade in 2001 as Assistant Firemaster. He has also been an active member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and has served on its international council for over 21 years, taking a particular interest in examinations and education. He was made International President of the Institution of Fire Engineers for 1999/2000 and travelled widely throughout the world in this role.

Fire risk assessments - Suitable and sufficient or just a tick box exercise? Scope, type and formats

Hear from Will Davidson FRACS MIFSM TechIOSH who began his career within fire safety as an aviation and structural firefighter before moving through the ranks to become a FRACS certified fire risk assessor undertaking assessments in a wide range of premises including in residential blocks of flats and specialised housing.

Will's session will provide clarity around the different types of assessment available, from Type 1 to Type 4, what each one should include and how you select the correct one to meet your needs. We’ll provide a detailed overview for you and guide you through what you should look out for with the increased use of ‘generic’ assessment templates.

Case study: Person-centered risk assessment and PEEPs

We take a look at the potential requirement of the Fire Safety Consultation documentation and the impact on providers as well as hearing from Steve Pettitt from L&Q with a case study.

Fire door inspections – what does this mean for social landlords? (just door closers or more?)        

2020 has seen a myriad of advice and guidance relating to fire safety, including a number of documents that relate to fire doors and the requirements for inspection – but what is the ‘bottom line’ on door inspections? What should be included and how often should such checks take place? Who should you be using to carry out inspections? Can you do it ‘in-house’ and what sort of competence should you expect to see to undertake such a task?

Find out all this and more in this information session delivered by Tony Bolder, FRACS MIFSM GIFireE TechIOSH DipNEBOSH DipFD CertFDI. Tony is one of the top fire safety professionals and is a UKAS accredited assessor through the Fire Risk Assessors Certification Scheme (FRACS) and one of only a handful of professionals who are also third-party accredited fire door inspectors, through both FDIS and NAFDI.

Humberside FRS - Premises information boxes - Typical contents from a fire & rescue service perspective

Premises information boxes (PIB) are a recognised method through which building owners / managers and occupiers provide information to attending fire and

rescue services; the fire safety government consultation is proposing to require 'responsible persons' to have a premises information box in place in high-rise multi-occupied residential premises.

So, what should be included in such a box and why is it so important? We will hear from a representative from Humberside FRS who will give us an overview.

Fire Safety Bill and Fire safety government consultation

Steve Pettitt, Director of Safety at L&Q, will talk about typical responses to the consultation and what we have heard about the likely response.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Vicki Cutler, SAFETYnet Lead Associate (Chair)
  • Dr Bob Docherty, President of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM)
  • Will Davidson, Third-Party-Accredited Fire Risk Assessor, Holistic Fire Safety Ltd
  • Steve Pettitt, Director of Safety, L&Q
  • Tony Bolder, HQN Associate, Independent Fire Safety Specialist and Fire Risk Assessor
  • Humberside Fire & Rescue Service.

Please note, this event will take place virtually, via Zoom.

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A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

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