For the first time ever, Safety and Health Expo will have a theatre (Stand R1700) dedicated to fire safety and emergency evacuation and here, Jimmy Phillips details the raft of educational seminars that the FPA will be providing for delegates.
The FPA Fire and Evacuation Theatre will be provided by the Fire Protection Association (FPA) and the newly formed Emergency Evacuation Association (EEA) at Safety and Health Expo on 21- 23 June 2016. The theatre is sponsored and supported by leading evacuation chair provider Evac+Chair.
Fire safety was ranked by attendees to the Safety and Health Expo 2015 as the third most important topic, and
an area where more information was required. Ensuring the safe evacuation of people is a vital part of the role of the health and safety/facilities manager of large commercial and/or public buildings. In response to these needs, the FPA/EEA Theatre will bring together industry renowned experts on fi re safety and evacuation to discuss key issues and likely scenarios that professionals might face. Delegates will also earn CPD hours for each session.
A prime example of this is the theatre’s opening talk – delivered by the FPA’s Howard Passey – on the competent person. The role of the competent person is not always clearly defi ned, with fi re safety law focusing on ‘satisfactory outcomes’, however Howard Passey’s knowledge of best practice fire safety and legal precedent makes him an ideal person to guide health and safety policy and action in this area.
The theatre will also include contributions from organisations that provide solutions for fire safety and evacuation issues, including Turner and Townsend, Gerda Fire Safety and Security, Vimpex and EMS Radio. The companies will each provide a specialist angle on key fi re safety and evacuation issues. Delegates are also invited to attend a drinks reception, which will directly follow Gerda’s session at 14:00 on day two.
Evacuating tall buildings
Those with responsibility for tall buildings will know that specifi c planning is required when it comes to evacuation. Those who have this responsibility should aim to visit the theatre on day three, as there will be two talks on the subject. Gary Hicks will present on the key themes and aims, while an Paul Lane from Turner and Townsend will provide an insight into the fire engineering requirements.
Assessing risk is a key part of any health and safety professional’s role. It is a legal requirement to conduct a fire risk assessment, which of course will include a consideration for the means of escape. In premises or situations where the means of escape is complex, it may be necessary to conduct an evacuation assessment. The theatre will offer talks on both assessments. Neil Cheyne will discuss fire risk assessments on day one and give particular attention to the consideration one might give to either outsourcing the work or taking it on oneself; while on day two, Bill Parks will talk delegates through the perfect evacuation assessment.
The FPA Fire and Evacuation Theatre, much like the dual location of Safety and Health Expo and FIREX International, points to the intrinsic link between fire safety, and health and safety. EMS Radio will bring this link to life with a wireless link-up between the Fire and Evacuation Theatre and the FPA Infozone at FIREX International. The link will demonstrate the increased capabilities of wireless technologies today, and Ray Puttock will explain some of the benefits on offer to health and safety managers.
A sad reality in the modern world is that businesses have to be prepared to act in the event of terrorist activity. There are aspects to consider when evacuating people during a terror incident that differ from those in a fire evacuation. Gary Hicks will consider these elements during his talk on ‘evacuation during terror situations’ at midday on day one.
As well as the FPA’s own experts, and individuals from relevant commercial enterprises, the delegates at the lecture theatre on day three will be lucky to hear a talk from Jonathan Herrick of West Midlands Fire Service. Jonathan is a particularly engaging speaker who tackles pertinent subjects head-on, and on this occasion he will be addressing the issue of ‘evacuating the public from your buildings’.
One thing that underpins all activity in the area of fire safety, and health and safety for that matter, is legislation. Immediately preceding Jonathan on day three will be an informative talk from the FPA’s John
Briggs on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and ‘…what this means for your business.’
On day two at the lecture theatre there will be a focus on the methods health and safety professionals might use to meet the responsibilities set out in documents such as the RR(FS)O. Stephen Adams of
BAFE will deliver a talk entitled ‘How to meet your fire safety responsibilities’ and on the same day the FPA will outline ways in which organisations and individuals can use training to gain and prove competency levels. Day two will open with a session setting out the aims of the newly formed Emergency Evacuation Association (EEA), which is the first unified voice for those tasked with creating, aiding or implementing evacuation procedures.
As well as the host of relevant and engaging content at the lecture theatre, visitors will be able to question experts on fire safety and evacuation, and network among their peers.
If you would like to reserve a seat at any of the sessions, please email Melissa Harrison on firstname.lastname@example.org – but don’t forget, you will also need to register to attend the show by visiting
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