housing & housing services Training
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Ensuring Effective Fire Safety in Housing

housing & housing services Training

local government Training

09:15 - 16:15

Thursday 18 July 2019

Central London

For a limited time we are offering 10% discounts for the first 8 delegates on the course. To take advantage of this discount, enter code SCKHG9C when completing your booking.


In December 2018 the government committed to delivering the recommendations included in the Hackitt report from May 2018, with an emphasis on a more effective regulatory and accountability framework, clearer standards and guidance, and ensuring that residents are placed at the heart of the new framework.

As the report states, those changes to the regulatory regime will help, but will not fully succeed in minimising the risk, without a change in culture from one of doing the minimum required for compliance to one of taking ownership and responsibility for the wellbeing of all residents.

Join this one-day interactive training course on Ensuring Effective Fire Safety in Housing to make certain that your organisation is fully up to date and compliant with the latest regulations and updated fire safety requirements. You will leave this training session with the knowledge on how you can implement a comprehensive fire safety programme in your organisation.

Learning Objectives:
  • Analyse the upcoming regulatory changes, including the recent flammable cladding ban and understand what this means for your organisation
  • Clarify what you are legally accountable for and understanding the shared responsibilities throughout a building’s lifecycle
  • Understand how you can utilise your collaboration with fire and rescue services to further improve fire safety in housing
  • Discuss what an effective fire safety strategy looks like and understand what is required as part of the development of a fire safety programme for your organisation

Mike Ellerby, Director, LRB Consulting Limited

Neil Yeomans, Head of Property Compliance, Orbit

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Mike Ellerby

Director, LRB Consulting Limited

Mike is a knowledgeable Health and Safety Professional with experience across many different sectors, including industrial process safety, as well as premises management safety and fire safety for commercial and residential premises. He is a past Chair of Independent Safety Consultants Association.

Prior to setting up his consultancy business in 2000, Mike worked for one of the largest H&S Consultancies in the UK. In addition to Health and Safety qualifications, Mike also has a degree in Chemistry and a degree in Law. As well as delivering training, he is still actively involved in the client facing end of Compliance Audits, Site Safety Audits, Risk Assessments, Fire Risk Assessments, DSEAR Assessments, Accident/Incident Investigation, etc. He regularly delivers Health and Safety training services in the Gulf region and Webinar Health and Safety sessions existing clients and to the American market. He has previously acted as the Technical Author on a wide range of Health & Safety publications.

Neil Yeomans

Head of Property Compliance, Orbit

Neil comes from a regulatory background, where he held a senior role in housing standards enforcement.  He is now the Head of Customer Safety at Orbit Housing who manage over 42,000 properties.  His experience whilst a regulator included investigating injuries and fatalities caused by substandard housing, which gives him a keen insight into where housing providers can improve upon the way they deliver housing safety. 

Neil built a new Compliance Team at Orbit in 2017, which has a non-traditional structure, designed to deliver organisational cultural change.  He is passionate about helping other housing providers to transform our culture to the one envisaged by Dame Judy Hackitt in the Hackitt reports following the Grenfell tragedy.    




Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

Mike Ellerby, Director,  LRB Consulting Limited (CONFIRMED)


Outlining Recent Legislation Updates and the Future Changes to Fire Safety in Housing

  • Discussing the Government’s response to the Hackitt review and analysing what the proposed reforms will mean for the future of fire safety
  • Understanding the changes to fire safety regulations and how they will affect the work of housing associations and local authorities
  • Clarifying the ‘grey areas’ in building regulation and building safety – ownership and responsibilities
  • Analysing the recent ban on flammable cladding and its consequences for the industry, including new projects, existing buildings and buildings under construction
  • Ensuring clarity in product testing, certification and quality assurance

Niall Rowan, Chief Executive Officer, Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) (invited)


Defining Accountability in the Housing Sector: Roles, Responsibilities and Accreditation for Fire Safety

  • Determining who has primary responsibility for fire safety for new build and commissioned projects and understanding why this is the case
  • Establishing whose responsibility it is to ensure that a building remains fit for purpose and the necessary fire safety regulations are abided by throughout its lifecycle
  • Ensuring all relevant staff members have the training, qualifications and accreditation required to develop and implement effective fire safety procedures
  • Understanding the role of partnership working with other agencies, organisations and residents to establish shared responsibility in ensuring safety of residents
  • Ensuring comprehensive fire safety and risk assessment training for all parties involved

Mike Ellerby, Director,  LRB Consulting Limited (CONFIRMED)


Morning Break


The Role of Fire and Rescue Services in Improving Fire Safety in Housing

  • Providing an overview of the role of fire and rescue services in supporting and shaping fire safety strategies for housing associations and local councils
  • Sharing recommendations and advice on housing fire safety, including taking a person-centred approach and understanding the different requirements for specialised housing
  • Outlining how fire and rescue services work collaboratively with LA’s and Housing associations to share knowledge and improve fire protection methods
  • Highlighting the safety campaigns established by the NFCC to help raise awareness of fire safety at home, including analysing the impact these programmes had on improving safety

Guy Keen, Protection Coordination Committee, National Fire Chiefs Council (invited)




Case Study: Effectively Implementing Organisation Wide Culture Change Towards Fire Safety in Housing

  • Discussing Orbit’s journey from being the first Housing Provider (HP) to be downgraded for fire safety in 2015 to becoming the first HP to be awarded the RoSPA Gold award for Customer Safety in 2019
  • Implementation of cultural change at Orbit and the practical steps taken to transform the way all compliance functions are now approached and delivered
  • Analysing how the ‘customer safety’ culture aligns with some of the key findings in the Hackitt report
  • Providing real world practical steps that any organisation can take to help change the way they keep their customers safe 

Neil Yeomans, Head of Property Compliance, Orbit (CONFIRMED)


Afternoon Break


Workshop: Designing and Implementing an Effective Fire Safety Programme in Your Organisation

Work with the Trainer to develop an effective, comprehensive plan to make sure you are fully compliant with the regulations  

  • Reviewing existing organisational standards, identifying areas of weakness and building on good practice
  • Understanding the upcoming regulatory changes and adopting organisational processes and procedures to ensure compliance with these changes
  • Ensuring your organisation is in line with compliance, inspection and accreditation requirements without overstretching your budget
  • Discussing how to future proof future projects by ensuring they are in accordance with the necessary fire regulations and standards

Mike Ellerby, Director, LRB Consulting Limited (CONFIRMED)


Feedback, Evaluation & Close

*Programme subject to change

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