The Association of Colleges Annual Health and Safety Conference 2014

June 26, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel - Nottingham.

Safety Management (UK) Managing Director Brian Gregory will be talking about the practicalities of fire safety in the higher education sector and the future of fire risk assessment at the conference.

The challenging financial climate requires every college to reduce losses and maximise profits. Of course, these profits and losses are affected by Health & Safety, which must be managed as efficiently as other functions if fines, compensation and loss of funding and reputation are to be avoided.

Recent court cases have involved huge financial penalties of over £200,000. Added to this is the Health and Safety Executive’s new charging regime which can cost a college dearly for even relatively minor breaches. Efficient Health & Safety management is a college’s best defence against these potentially crippling costs.

As colleges strive to keep pace with demands such as keeping staff and learners healthy, reducing compensation pay-outs and satisfying inspection requirements they need practical tools that help them do this efficiently.

The programme will be topical and include keynote speakers from the Health & Safety Executive and key specialist areas. This event will also include a legal update plus a selection of college-specific workshop sessions. Whether health and safety is core to your role or an additional responsibility, this event is a must.

Who should attend?

Those with responsibility for the development, management and monitoring of all physical resources and building services in support of the college community - students, staff and visitors.

Assistant/Vice Principals - Resources

Health and Safety Managers, Officers and Advisors

Environment Managers

Board members who are Health and Safety champions

Estates and Facilities Managers

To register for the conference, or for further information, please visit the AoC website here

Safety Management (UK) would always emphasise the importance of the management strategies required in such buildings due to the difficulties of evacuation due to residents in bed under medication , infirm or generally mentally unsure as to what to do if the fire alarm activates. It is the experience of our fire risk assessors that can be used to generate an emergency fire action plan that sits within the building and can be used to ensure resident safety in the event of a fire scenario. The ability of staff to achieve an evacuation in line with the emergency fire action plan is also one that should be tested on a regular basis.

If you have questions about fire risk assessment, or for help on any aspect of fire safety, call us on 01524 784356 today.

Commercial buildings, non-domestic and multi-occupancy premises in England and Wales are already forced to undertake a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. While the overwhelming majority of premises do this, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.

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