FPA seminar to discuss government consultations

FPA seminar to discuss government consultations

THE SEMINAR, to be held near Birmingham later this month, will give those attending an ‘opportunity to discuss’ the government’s ‘long awaited’ changes to fire safety regulations.

The Fire Protection Association (FPA) announced that the “Building a safer future: a call for evidence” seminar will take place on 17 July at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire, with a focus on the recent government commitment to ‘improve fire safety regulations within the built environment’ via consultations and calls for evidence on building fire safety and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

It noted that the government has provided a ‘strong indication’ on areas in which ‘we can expect to see long-awaited change’, with its new proposals ‘intended to put residents at the heart of a new regulatory system and provide clarity to what has previously been an ambiguous area’. The FPA added that the seminar will ‘endeavour to unravel’ the government response, and address the detail of ‘proposed changes to both the building regulations and regulatory system’.

Rod McLean, head of the Home Office fire safety unit, will be addressing attendees, while other talks will look at the ‘implications’ for both fire safety and future regulations, alongside competency, the responsible person, product certification and the ‘evolution’ of the enforcement regulation landscape. Chaired by FPA chairman John Smeaton, other speakers include FPA managing director Jonathan O’Neill on post Grenfell implications for fire safety and future regulations.

Others set to talk are the Association for Specialist Fire Protection’s Tony Corcoran, on understanding best practice in passive fire protection; Howard Passey, the FPA’s principal consultant, on the responsible person; Ian Moore, chief executive officer of the Fire Industry Association, on people and product certification and approvals; Nick Coombe, vice chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council, on the evolution of the enforcement regulation landscape; and James Wilson of the British Standards Institute, on its response to the Grenfell Tower fire.

Mr O’Neill commented: ‘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.’

More information on the event and bookings can be found here.