Fire Safety Conference 2012

Fire Conference 2012: The latest standards update and best practice

The latest standards update and best practice

Conference: 6 March 2012
CBI Conference Centre, London

The quality of your fire safety policy, design and management could make a critical difference between life and death.  But how do you make sure that you have taken all the necessary steps to minimize risks and improve fire safety?

The implementation of British Standards on fire safety are proven to be a valuable and important step forward in improving an organizations’ fire policy and safety measures. This event will discuss the existing standards; including the latest update about the forthcoming revision of BS 9999 and newly published BS 6266. This conference will also describe how the implementation of these standards could improve fire safety in your organization.

An introduction to the new BS 9991 Code of practice for fire precautions in the design, management, and use of residential buildings will provide an insight into the content and applicability of this important new standard. There will also be a particular focus on fire risk assessment and building management – including how to ensure the competency of a risk assessor. Innovative case studies will demonstrate the importance of passive fire protection products designed to prevent serious damage and loss of life by fire.

By attending the conference you will:

  • Get the latest Government  regulation update
  • Enhance your knowledge about the mandatory CE marking for fire safety related products
  • Understand how standards could help to improve fire safety in your organization
  • Get an insight into insurance requirements and actively discuss the implications this might have on innovative fire engineering
  • Hear case studies demonstrating effective fire safety management
  • Find out more about passive fire protection and related products
  • Join in the discussion  and network with some of the leading fire safety experts in the UK and Ireland

Key speakers:

  • Rob Dakin, Risk Control Manager, Property AXA Insurance UK plc
  • Sir Ken Knight, Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser
  • Andy Passingham, Global Director of Fire Engineering, Buro Happold
  • Niall Rowan, Technical Officer, Association for Specialist Fire Protection
  • David Smith, BSI Committee FSH/14 (Fire precautions in buildings)
  • Dr Debbie Smith, Director of Fire Sciences, BRE Global

Who should attend?

Anyone in the private or public sector involved in the design, management and use of buildings, or for whom it impacts on their role, including:

  • Fire safety engineers
  • Facilities/building managers
  • Building control officers
  • Fire products manufacturers
  • Approved Inspectors
  • Fire risk consultants
  • Fire and rescue service
  • Architects and technical managers
  • Surveyors

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Conference Agenda - 6 March 2012

9:30 – 9:40 Chairman’s Introduction

David Smith, Chairman, BSI Committee, FSH/14 (Fire precautions in buildings)


9:40 - 9:55 The latest Government update on Fire Safety Regulation and Fire Rescue Service

Sir Ken Knight, Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser

9:55 - 10:20 Fire safety and enforcement issues

  • General policy and principles
  • Consistency of approach
  • Enforcement action

Iain Cox, Chief Fire Officer, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

How standards can help

10:20 - 10:45 BS 9999 Revision

  • Who is using BS 9999 and how is it being used?
  • Why the is a need to revise the standard?
  • Where are we now?

David Smith, Chairman, BSI Committee, FSH/14 (Fire precautions in buildings)

10:45 – 11:10 BS 9999 Fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings – Code of practice

  • Scope and development
  • Applicability
  • Practical implications

Alan Brinson, Executive Director, European Fire Sprinkler Network

11:10 – 11:20 Questions and answers

11:20 – 11:40 Tea and coffee

11:40 – 12:05 BS 6266:2011 Code of practice for fire protection for electronic equipment installations

  • Principal changes
  • Risk categories
  • Reinstatement of detection performance tests
  • Strategic implications

Peter Massingberd-Mundy, Technology & Expert Practices Manager, Xtralis

Passive Fire Protection – Risk assessment

12:05 – 12:30 ASFP Guide to inspecting Passive Fire Protection for Fire Risk Assessors

  • Common sense approach
  • Using the document
  • Liabilities of Responsible Person

Niall Rowan, Technical Officer, Association for Specialist Fire Protection

12:30 – 12:50 Case Study: Risk assessment in practice

Arnold Tarling, Associate DirectorHindwoods

12:50 – 13:00 Questions and answers

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 14:20 Table discussion – Defining a competent assessor?

Fire safety products

14:20 – 14:45 CE marking and passive fire protection products

  • European Classification
  • End use application
  • Fire resistance test – test methodology?
  • What is happening currently?
  • What will happen in the future?

Dr Debbie Smith, Director of Fire Sciences, BRE Global

14:45 – 14:50 Questions and answers

14:50 – 15:15 Tea and coffee

15:15 – 15:35 What goes in, must come out - Evacuation strategies for disabled people

Elspeth Grant, Director, Triple A Consult

15:35 – 15:55 Case Study - A practical and cost effective option for existing high rise social housing

  • Hazards associated with high rise social housing utilising case studies
  • Review of relevant legislation and guidance
  • Background and description of pilot project to retrofit sprinklers to a high rise block in Sheffield
  • Identifying potential for sprinklers to be installed to existing high rise housing

Steve Seaber OBE, Project Manager, High Rise Retrofit Pilot Project, BAFSA

15:55 – 16:05 Questions and answers

16:05 – 16:25 Innovative fire design strategies

Andy Passingham, Global Director of Fire Engineering, Buro Happold

16:25 – 16:50 Are insurance requirements preventing innovative fire engineering?

Rob Dakin, Risk Control Manager, Property AXA Insurance UK plc

16:50 – 17:00 Questions and answers

17:00 Chairmans closing remarks

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