Salus have just completed to their CPD roadshow tour in Liverpool to Construction industry professionals, from across the North West. They were presented with the latest information about Cladding and Fire Safety for Hi-Rise buildings.
This was the last in a series of presentation, together with a question and answer session, that was delivered around the country to our clients providing them with the best advice possible in these trying times.
Ian Adams, Managing Associate, said: “In the light of recent events and current review of regulations we think it is vitally important to share our expert direction and guidance on the complex subject of Fire Safety regulations to professionals in the construction industry. That’s why we have been holding these free to attend CPD events across the country to both our regular clients and those who may not have worked with Salus before, keeping interested parties well informed and to provide a point of contact should they need to seek further advice”
Attendees included: CBRE, Workman LLP, Trident Building Consultancy Ltd, SWH Design Service Ltd to name but a few.
At this critical time in building control, experts from our North West office, in Birkenhead, presented delegates with up to date advice on the serious implications not only to the cladding industry but the building industry in general. Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim report of the Independent Review of the Building Regulations and Fire Safety released earlier this year reported: “The current regulatory system for ensuring fire safety in high-rise and complex buildings is not fit for purpose” The core finding were:
- Poorly written and confusing guidance
- Failing Fire Risk Assessments
- Manufacturer claims/industry understanding
- Legislation not retrospective
The second stage of Dame Judith’s work which has started now and expected to be reported in May this year will cover the six areas identified in the initial report:
- Regulation and guidance
- Roles and responsibilities
- Process, compliance and enforcement
- Residents’ voice and raising concerns
- Quality assurance and products
The main objective is to achieve true and lasting change that will require a universal shift in culture.
Some interim recommendations for the Building Control System have been published in the report namely:
- Consultation by building control bodies and by those commissioning or designing buildings must place early together taking into account the fire and rescue service advice.
- Building control bodies to provide more fire safety information to the person carrying out the work to the responsible person for the building occupation; information on maintenance, fire risk assessment and proof of transferring the information.
- Developers need to ensure there is a formal review and handover process especially in high rise residential building, and phased occupation.
Graham Mills, Regional Managing Associate said: “Our clients appreciate using Salus because we support them from concept to completion, by assisting designers to overcome the multiple obstacles, through collaboration, knowledge sharing and by innovation. The end goal is a complaint building and building successful buildings.”
“Building Compliance without Complexity”
Salus Approved inspectors continue to run CPD Roadshow events across the nation which are free, in easily accessible venues and include a buffet lunch, short informal presentation and the opportunity to network with industry professionals.
Salus actively promote lunchtime CPD lectures aimed at keeping your staff up to date on current Building Regulation and Fire Safety Legislation.
We also offer bespoke training packages to our clients to enable you to be able to competently carry out your own Fire Risk Assessments to meet the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (fire safety) order 2005.
For further details contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The full list of locations for our Spring 2018 CPD Roadshows was:
Nottingham: Mercure City Centre Hotel – Tuesday 30th January 2018
Clerkenwell, London: The Crypt on the Green – Wednesday 31st January 2018
Leicester: The National Space Centre – Thursday 8th February 2018
Southampton: The Ageas Bowl – Wednesday 21st February 2018
Waterloo, London: Marlin Waterloo Meeting Centre – Wednesday 28th February 2018
Birmingham: Hotel Du Vin – Wednesday 7th March 2018
Liverpool: Hard Days Night Hotel – Thursday 8th March