Fire Risk Awareness - 2 Day Workshop

Assessing Fire Risk
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03 & 10 April

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Member: £378 | Affiliate member: £578 | Non member: £578

This two-day practical training workshop is a not to be missed opportunity for professionals with responsibility for enforcing fire safety standards in rented housing including HMOs, single family dwellings, hostels and flats above shops.

Delegates will learn how to actively consider all factors which contribute to the risk of harm from fire in domestic residential properties. They will be shown the various formats in which Fire Risk Assessments are presented and learn how to evaluate their contents. Delegates are encouraged to bring their own cases for consideration by the group.

Why you should attend:

  • Understand the requirements of the Fire Safety Order 2005 & Housing Act 2004 in enforcing fire safety legislation
  • Learn about ‘passive’ and ‘active’ fire safety measures
  • Consider the implications of human behaviour in a fire emergency
  • Learn about fire risk assessment methodologies
  • Participate in case studies that consider residential dwellings including commercial premises with flats above and houses converted into flats

Who should attend:

Anyone with a duty to enforce fire safety standards, including:

  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Housing Officers
  • Letting agents
  • Registered social landlords

CPD: 11 Hours

▼ Programme 

Day 1

09.30   Registration  
09.45   Trainers’ introduction
10.00   Legislative Background
Overview of Fire Safety Order 2005 & Housing Act 2004.   
10.45   Refreshment break
11.00   Causes of fire & fire growth & development within buildings
11.30   Case study
11.45    Means of Escape
12.15   Lunch 
13.00   Passive fire safety measures
Fire containment & restricting fire spread across linings and through structure
13.30   Active fire safety measures
Fire warning systems and fire-fighting equipment
14.45   Refreshment break
15.00   Active fire safety measures
Emergency lighting and safety signs
15.30   Case Study. Fire Risk in flats over shops
16.15   Workshop debrief
16.30   Collect 5 hrs 30 mins CPD and depart

Day 2

09.30   Registration  
09.45   Trainers’ introduction
10.00   Human behaviour
10.20   Fire risk assessment - methodologies
10.45   Refreshment break
11.00   Suitable & Sufficient fire risk assessments
11.45    Roles & Responsibilities
12.15   Lunch 
13.00   Enforcement of fire safety legislation
13.30   Guidance documents
14.45   Refreshment break
15.00   Case study – Group exercise
House converted into flats
15.30   Case study – Group exercis
Purpose built flats
16.15   Workshop debrief
16.30   Collect 5 hrs 30 mins CPD and depart
▼ Speakers 

Paul Fitzgerald 

Paul qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 1979 and has worked for a number of Inner London and 2 rural authorities, specialising in private sector housing. Paul has also worked for a Residential Social Landlord as a maintenance manager, dealing with routine, cyclical and project management. Since 1995 Paul has worked as a consultant in this field, carrying out, managing and quality assessing stock condition surveys, working for both public and private sector landlords on specific projects or providing staff cover. He set up his own company in 1998.

After leaving school, Paul was one of the first students to obtain a B.Sc.(Hons) in Environmental Health at the University of Greenwich, gaining further qualifications with a Diploma in Management Studies from Kingston University and in Quality Assurance Assessment.

Paul has been involved with the implementation of the Housing Health and Safety Hazard Rating System since its inception in 1999 to date. He is a University of Warwick Trainer for the system, having helped deliver over 100 courses on the assessment and enforcement of the system.

Paul is currently employed as a Principal Environmental Health Officer for the London Borough of Sutton dealing with all aspects of Private Sector Housing, taking the lead on HMO Inspections and Licensing.

Phil Barry  

A highly experienced fire safety professional with 30 years experience as a senior fire safety officer in UK local authority fire services working in London, Wales and Bristol. Phil specialised in fire safety since 1999, developing and delivering the highest standard of fire safety training. He completed three secondments as a senior instructor in fire safety at the UK Fire Service College.

Phil established CWB Fire Safety Consultants Ltd. in 2006. and worked as a self-employed fire safety consultant since 2006, advising clients on a wide variety of fire safety projects, new build consultations, risk assessments and reviews for a diverse range of buildings.

Phil is now an associate tutor for both The Fire Service College & The Fire Protection Association and continues to develop and deliver the highest standard of fire safety training. He is a technical consultant for The Fire Protection Association, carrying out fire risk assessments and fire safety related projects on their behalf and is also a registered fire risk assessor with the Institution of Fire Engineers.


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