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Federation Newsletter 8

Annual General Meeting 2019
Federation business moved forward purposefully at the recent AGM, which took place on 22nd May 2019, at the offices of the ABI, London. The move to the FSF becoming a company limited by guarantee was noted as was the gathering pace in building strong relationships to help ensure the sector’s voice continues to be heard.

Formation had created a new Board of Director’s which coincided with our long established Treasurer Ronnie King relinquishing his post to enable him as he put it “to free up some time” for growing demands.

Michael Harper after thanking Ronnie stressed the need for everyone to play their part in our work and that call, to assist and contribute, is echoed to all when you consider the tasks now on the ‘fire’ horizon.

Forum Meeting 18 June 2019

Our next Forum meeting is scheduled alongside the FIREX International event in the Waterfront Room 13:00 until 14:30 so pop in if you’re visiting EXCEL LONDON and join us for a sandwich and update.

You will need to register for free as a FIREX Visitor to gain access.

On Tuesday, 18th June from 11:00 -12:20 in the Expertise and Guidance Theatre the FSF will following the Chairman’s introduction hold a panel discussion addressing how to build a fire safe future. This is a feature we have undertaken in previous years and helps in building our profile. Please come along to support.

Building a safer future: proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system
MHCLG has now published the consultation Building a safer future: proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system. The Secretary of State has also made a Written Ministerial Statement to Parliament, which is available here.

The consultation sets out how government intends to take forward the recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety through meaningful legislative reform, and invites views from industry and residents.
This document of 196 pages represents the response we in the fire sector have been eagerly awaiting and the 8 week consultation concludes on the 31 July.
We will be discussing at the Forum how to organise ourselves to meet this and the other consultations mentioned in this letter.Good practice on how residents and landlords work together to keep their home and building safe: summary findings
Following the call for evidence that concluded in February the government has published a summary which will be used to inform policy options in the consultation on Building a safe future: proposals for reform in the building safety regulatory system.

Residents encouraged to have their say to improve building safety
The government is inviting views on a new building safety regime, as it seeks to bring forward new legislation to keep residents safe. As part of this process it has launched a public consultation that can be found here.

Home Office launches call for evidence on fire safety
Home Office has launched a call for evidence on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which underpins fire safety in non-domestic premises. The call ends on 31st July 2019. This goes hand in hand with the consultation on the wider fire safety framework consultation from MHCLG. Again we will need to be organised in our response.

British Standards
Recently the Federation and its members responded to a public consultation on a draft BS 9997 Fire risk management systems – Requirements with guidance for use. The timescale was tight partially because we were unsighted.

We are now aware that BS 8414-1 and BS 8414-2 regarding the fire performance of external cladding systems are out for public comment until 8th July 2019.

As this is a topic close to many FSF members we will be looking to submit comments on these two standards. We will survey members to gain insights in the coming weeks.

The reforms to Fire Safety will bring forward many items related to British Standards. We know many members are active in BSI. I would ask that if you are one of those contributors to please inform us to help FSF build a strong technical network to meet these demands. Standards are the life blood of quality and we need to ensure they are “fit for purpose” and that the Federation voice continues to be heard.

Federation Newsletter 8