BM TRADA is exhibiting and sponsoring a workshop at the Fire Sector Summit on 24 October. The session –
Is now the time for a national Fire Safe Register?
– will consider methods for ensuring quality, competence and compliance in the design, specification and construction of buildings, as well as in the fire safety management of existing buildings.
Chaired by Mike Wood, Chair of the Passive Fire Protection Federation, the workshop will explore how the responsibilities placed on building occupiers by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order has resulted in a renewed focus on ensuring the competency of all those engaged in delivering safe workplaces. It will also consider the need for products to be fit for purpose, correctly specified, installed and maintained.
Citing national assurance competent person schemes in other industry sectors, such as the Gas Safe Register, the workshop will consider if the time is right for the introduction of a Fire Safe Register, to create a uniform benchmark for all installers and maintainers across the country and a simple, one-stop solution for end-users.
The workshop will review the role of existing third party product, installation, maintenance and risk assessor certification schemes in offering greater assurance to building owners and occupiers, while examining whether a single co-ordinated register could simplify the process and reduce confusion for end-users.
Speakers will include Peter Gannaway, Chair of the National Social Housing Fire Strategy Group, Dave Sibert of the Fire Brigades Union and BM TRADA’s Ross Newman. The outcomes will be presented in a ‘talking heads’ video hosted by the BBC’s John Humphrys.
The workshop choices are:
- Property protection and business resilience
- Is now the time for a national fire safe register?
- Putting innovation and research into practice
- Practical leadership
- Fire alarms: where next?
- Sustainable buildings
- The Knight Review