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HEALTH & SAFETY


The group were in agreement and FIA trainer, Ian Watts, advised that it’s possible to write something into the care home’s risk assessment to override this issue. He commented: “There’s so much ability to create variations to the BS and this is something that I’m always keen to stress during training courses. Of late, there has been a real upliſt in the take-up for training, which is wonderful to see. People are taking their knowledge and applying it to individual buildings successfully – it’s a lovely movement.”


THE ROLE OF REGULAR


RISK ASSESSMENTS Expanding on the subject of risk assessments, all parties agreed that they don’t just offer an understanding of fire safety, but also the people that use a home and the unique difficulties of each care home. “This isn’t oſten appreciated within the industry. An ex-fire officer isn’t necessarily a risk assessor,” said Hollingshead. “We have a full survey every three years and an additional review annually that looks at the people and the environment, not just the system.”


Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the responsible person is required to – following a risk assessment – implement appropriate fire safety measures


to minimise the risk to life from fire, and to keep the assessment up to date. However, within the industry, there is oſten confusion around how a responsible person is defined. Andy continued: “Under legislation, it’s officially the CEO but typically it’s down to managers to make sure remedial work from assessments are carried out.”


ENERGY EFFICIENCY


While it’s clear that fire safety must not be disregarded in the quest for energy efficiency, there is a clear link between the two. The panel discussed ways that new build homes are more energy


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