New building safety regime discussed in upcoming fire safety webinar

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Updates on the Building Safety Act implementation: what fire safety professionals should know

Fire safety professionals are gearing up to attend two webinars set for 5 and 6 September 2023.

The purpose of these sessions is to offer insights on the ongoing Building Safety Act implementation programme and introduce professionals to impending changes.

Earlier in 2023, the Government rolled out the Higher-Risk Buildings Regulations.

These regulations necessitate that the Principal Accountable Person register high-risk buildings with the Building Safety Regulator (BSR) by 1 October 2023.

Industry progress and registration insights from Dame Judith Hackitt

As the mentioned deadline draws closer, Dame Judith Hackitt has been slated to speak at FireDNA’s webinars titled “All buildings, all builders – an essential guide to the widespread impacts of the new building safety regime”.

Hackitt will provide her perspective on the strides made by the industry and give an update on the volume of buildings registered with the BSR thus far.

Tony Millen, from FireDNA, voiced: “These webinars will highlight the importance of everyone in the supply chain taking responsibility for their role in contributing to, maintaining and managing building safety information.

“Everyone in the industry has a key role to play in making buildings safer.”

On 5 September, Dame Judith Hackitt will collaborate with architects Buckley Gray Yeoman and Ballymore Asset Management Ltd.

The conversation will revolve around the Building Safety Act’s ripple effects through the supply chain, predicted changes in the ensuing 18 months, and adjustments to ongoing projects to align with the new laws.

Construction products and competency in focus for fire safety webinar

The session on 6 September will pivot towards the nitty-gritty of construction products and the proficiency of individuals handling life safety products.

Notable industry figures, including Hanna Clarke of the Construction Products Association (CPA), Iain McIlwee of The Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS), and others, will delve into the intricacies of ensuring product information is precise and consistently transferred from its origin to its eventual use in buildings.

Furthermore, discussions will shed light on third-party certification and the challenges faced by organisations in assimilating the Building Safety Act.

These webinars are being presented by FireDNA in collaboration with the NBS, FIS, and GAI.

For those interested in participating, details and registration options are available at the FireDNA website.

IFSJ Comment

The introduction and subsequent implementation of the Building Safety Act will invariably alter the landscape of fire safety.

With renowned experts offering their insights and expertise in these webinars, professionals across the board can gain a deeper understanding of the impending changes and their broader implications.

Equipped with this knowledge, the industry can move forward in unison, ensuring that the overarching goal of building safety remains a top priority.

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