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Fire safety compliance – an enforcer’s view

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Section 156 of the Building Safety Act 2022 will amend the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to ensure that fire risk assessors must be competent.

Article 9(A) provides some clarity on competence, more specifically it imposes a requirement on the responsible person to ensure that they do not appoint a person to assist them with undertaking or reviewing an assessment under article 9 unless the person is competent.

The new amendment goes on to state that a  person is to be regarded as competent for the purposes of this article where the person has sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities to enable the person properly to assist in making or reviewing the assessment.

The final amendment under article 9(A) stipulates that where the responsible person appoints more than one person, the responsible person must make arrangements for ensuring adequate co-operation between them.

This webinar will explore how organisations can ensure the person they appoint to undertake their fire risk assessments are competent and how Enforcement Officers will assess compliance in line with the competence framework.

Key takeaway bullet points:

When you attend this webinar, you will:

  • Understand what competence means for fire risk assessors.
  • Learn what relevant qualifications are in scope.
  • Understand why CPD is an important factor of maintaining competence.
  • Have a better understanding of fire risk assessment registers.
  • Learn about interaction with other reports such as compartmentation surveys and external wall system (EWS) reports.

Sponsored by


Nick Coombe 

Nick Coombe MBE Eng Tech FIFireE | NFCC Protection & Business Safety Vice Chair | Building Safety Programme Lead 

Nick is the NFCC Protection & Business Safety Vice Chair and Building Safety Programme Lead, and was also named as one of IFSEC Global’s top influencer in fire safety in 2020. 

He has 39 years’ service for the London Fire Brigade which has spanned many roles including, Head of Fire Safety Training, Enforcement Manager and Head of Fire Safety Policy. He has helped write DCLG guides and as the Chair of CFOA Enforcement working group helped produce policies and guidance on the RRO to Fire & Rescue Services. 

He is a member of the Joint Regulators Group and the newly formed Protection Board and is also a member of the Industry Safety Steering Group led by Dame Judith Hackitt to hold industry to account on the progress of post Grenfell change. 

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke | Managing Director (Consulting) | Praxis42

Adam began his career in Occupational Health and Safety as an apprentice and is now leading a successful consultancy. Adam’s wealth of knowledge and experience comes from working across a diverse range of industries, and he continues to seek new ways to improve health and wellbeing, empowering ownership of risk and utilising technology to make compliance easy.

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