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Webinar: Weaving the golden thread into fire safety

With the impending Fire Safety Act due to come into effect in 2022 or 2023, building owners and asset managers are already increasing their fire safety protocols in advance of the new legislation. Additional responsibilities and compliance mean weaving the ‘Golden Thread‘ into all fire safety areas will become essential.

In this webinar, now available on demand, Rob Norton, UK Senior Account Manager, Fire, Health & Safety at PlanRadar, and Dr David Smith, Export Manager, Secretary to FIRESA Council and BSIP Project Leader at FIA, discuss real world cases on how digital tools support fire safety and develop the essential golden thread.

Since news broke that dangerous cladding was largely responsible for the severity and lethality of the fire at Grenfell Tower in 2017, the realisation that many other buildings have similarly dangerous cladding brought with it an immense amount of fear for building owners and tenants alike.

EWS-1 forms were quickly introduced following Dame Judith Hackitt’s report, mandating accurate and up to date digital records of all information for a building from design through to occupation. The forms produce clear and consistent documentation on cladding and assessments to be carried out by competent persons. Initially, there was no central location for EWS-1 forms to be uploaded and retrieved, prompting the FIA to create the Building Safety Information Portal.

In the first half of this webinar, Dr David Smith, Export Manager at FIA, discusses the benefits of utilising the portal, discussing the challenges currently being met to achieve its full potential, and the invaluable nature of the resource for EWS-1 form submission and retrieval.

Rob Norton, UK Senior Account Manager at PlanRadar then goes on to talk viewers through further benefits of digitalising data, highlighting its ability to eradicate challenges related to relying on paper forms, for example, fragmented, incomplete, and often inaccessible project data, a lack of clarity and a harder to manage building.

Rob then demonstrated the use of PlanRadar’s mobile platform for completing EWS-1 forms, proving just how much time can be saved simply by moving to a digital approach.

Want to find out more from our experts on how digital tools can support fire safety and develop the essential golden thread? Watch the rest of the webinar, and others in the series, on-demand by filling out the form opposite…

When you attend this on-demand webinar you will:

  • Gain an insight into how we can navigate changes of the new fire safety regime.
  • Explore how the ‘Golden Thread’ can keep all project members up to date with all safety measures on site
  • Learn about the benefits and challenges of the implementation of digital record-keeping
  • Discover how we can handle increased fire risk assessments and other reporting obligations.
  • Learn about EWS1 forms, how they should be used and who should use them?

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Speaker Bios

Robert Norton

UK Senior Account Manager, Fire, Health & Safety, PlanRadar

Robert is responsible for new business and existing client relationships at PlanRadar, leading the UK´s focus into health & safety, and in particular fire safety. Robert has more than ten years of experience in the construction industry, having worked as an engineer before joining PlanRadar three years ago.

Dr Dave Smith

Fire Export Manager and Secretary to the FIRESA Council, Fire Industry Association

After completing his PhD in thermodynamics, Dave was a Senior Research Scientist at Kidde before moving on to product, sales and business management roles in the same organisation relating to fixed fire suppression systems. He then joined the FIA as Business Development Manager where he looked after a number of its committees as well as heading its regional activities and external liaison work. Dave now acts as FIA Export Manager and Secretary to the FIRESA Council as well as handling a number of projects including the development and on-going management of the Building Safety Information Portal.

What is the golden thread?

The ‘golden thread’  principle seeks to extend fire safety best practice beyond fire professionals to wider society, relaying key information about a building through a chain of stakeholders, from architects to fire engineers through to building safety managers to end-users. The ultimate aim is to “arm end-users with information”.

The golden thread ties into other recommendations, including Dame Judith Hackitt’s suggestion buildings should have a designated building safety manager. This is not strictly a new role, but one that she suggests should be made mandatory and carry more responsibility instead of so often being tied up in the broader facilities manager role. In this way, buildings can begin to develop a framework for reporting and sharing information.

More than anything, this requires a defined fire safety strategy. Even though there is already some accessible information about buildings, it is often disjointed and found across various locations, so it requires a more integrated, accessible approach.

Register for the webinar to find out more about the golden thread principle, and how digital record keeping can support its implementation. 

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