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In-House: Ensuring Effective Fire Safety in Housing

housing & housing services Training

local government Training

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.

Book this highly interactive In-House training course 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
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Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives


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


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


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




Case Study: Effectively Improving Fire Safety for High-Rise Buildings

Hear from an early adopter of Hackitt review recommendations

  • Heavily investing in improving building safety in line with the recommendations made in the Hackitt Review across Salix Homes and seeing it as a key strategic priority
  • Sharing the key lessons learnt throughout the improvement process and working in partnership with the local fire and rescue service alongside independent experts
  • Examining and prioritising future improvements such as emergency lighting, new smoke ventilation systems and the installation of new fire doors
  • Early Adopters work and the impacts on both future improvements and day to day repairs of the DLO


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


Feedback, Evaluation & Close

*Programme subject to change

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