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Building a Safer Future and Outcomes from the Grenfell Inquiry Review

11 February 2020

Our first Building a safer future seminar of 2020 attracted over 150 delegates to London to hear the latest updates from the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire. Our expert speakers discussed competency, governmental and regulatory changes ahead, third party certification (TPC), dilemmas for the fire and rescue service (FRS) and toxicity.


FPA managing director Jonathan O’Neill opened by ‘tracking the progress’ of the government’s recent announcements, which he had been ‘sceptical’ about prior, but reflected ‘how wrong could I have been’; the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) having ‘clearly been very busy in recent months’.

The day included talks from: Chandru Dissanayeke, MHCLG; Douglas Barnett, BAFE; Allan Hurdle, Smoke Control Association; Dennis Davis, Fire Sector Federation; Howard Passey, FPA; Mark Hardingham, National Fire Chiefs Council; David Poxon, FPA; and Dr Jim Glockling, FPA. The presentations are available to view below.

We will be hosting another Building a safer future seminar on Thursday 28 May 2020 at the Cavendish Centre, London. Please join us to continue putting pressure on the government, to make desperately needed changes to protect those within the built environment.

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Allan Hurdle - Competency in smoke control

Chandru Dissanayeke - The delivery of Hackit's envisaged reforms and change required in industry

David Poxon - Fire safety regulation and statutory guidance update

Dennis Davis - Raising the bar of competency

Douglas Barnett - Benefits of third party certification

Dr Jim Glockling - Toxicity of cladding systems

Howard Passey - Trigger risks and the bigger picture

Mark Hardingham - The dilemma for fire and rescue services nearly 3 years on