Fire safety and construction issues under the microscope at 2018’s Build Show

Fire doors failing to meet standards… Concerns that the Hackitt Review was “too light”… Calls for a wider ban on combustible cladding… Fire safety and construction issues are never far from the headlines, but with media prominence comes conflicting views, differing practices and questions over existing products on the market. Practising professionals urgently seeking some clarity on the current state of construction and fire safety will find out everything they need to know by attending this year’s Build Show, for which Risk Xtra is a Media Partner.

Professionals can refresh and update their safety practices, knowledge and tools, while also accessing more than 650 exhibitors, 10,000 innovative products, expert-led seminars and invaluable Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Workshops at the UK’s premier built environment event, namely UK Construction Week, which runs between 9-11 October at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

Build Show exhibitors include the OM Group, a market leader in the sphere of Health and Safety consultation and training, who will be hosting free CPD sessions on stand. Alongside the OM Group will be Trimaco, with its heavy-duty surface and jobsite protection products, EAVE (demoing “the world’s first” noise mapping, monitoring and dosimetry system integrated into a Bluetooth ear defender), the NASC trade body and THSP Risk Management, whose risk assessment builder has already been shortlisted for two awards.

Visitors eager to discover the latest solutions designed to increase the fire protection of new and existing constructions will want to head straight for discussions with (among other companies):

*The Concrete Centre, who will be on hand to help visitors discover the possibilities of a material that’s cost-effective, sturdy and highly fire resistant

*Amphobond Ltd, who will be available to talk about its safer solution for the cladding industry, the Alupex A2 non-combustible panels. With an A1-rated mineral non-combustible core, the cladding is suitable for new and refurbished low and high-rise constructions

*Fermacell, whose Gypsum Fibreboard carries a ‘0’ certification and has an A2 Euroclass classification

Essential Fire Safety Workshops

CPD sessions will be delivered by industry experts, among them Howard Passey (principal consultant at the Fire Protection Association), Chris Ivery (Health and Safety consultant director at THSP Risk Management) and Judith Grant, health and well-being specialist at Mace.

Topics for the sessions include Health and Safety in construction, fire safety during hot works, putting the ‘health’ into Health and Safety and mental health and well-being cultures.

The Access Industry Forum will deliver a dedicated Working at Height seminar programme including topics such as ladders and stepladders, expecting the unexpected and an update on changes within the scaffolding sector. 

Hot topics up for debate

The UK Construction Week Stage is designed to provide high-level discussions around important industry issues with a heavy focus on the lessons learned in the past year in terms of fire safety and how the industry is moving forward. Topics include:

*’The Housing Forum: Stopping Building Failures’ with architect and TV presenter George Clarke

*’Quality in Construction Post-Grenfell Tower’ with panel members including Jonathan O’Neil from the Fire Protection Association and Peter Caplehorn of the Construction Products Association

*’Rebuilding Faith in the Construction Industry’ with panel members including Brian Ferry from the Federation of Master Builders 

Building for the future

Photo: UK Construction Week

Photo: UK Construction Week

This year’s theme is ‘The Future of Construction’ and there will be numerous opportunities to see, touch and hear all about what’s driving the construction industry forward.

The Future of Construction Hub is configured to provide an immersive opportunity to discover how digital construction, 3D printing, robotics, Artificial Intelligence and modern methods of construction can deliver the new Construction Sector deal. Coventry University is bringing its virtual reality simulator used as part of its training for construction students for all to experience.

An Innovation Trail will take visitors on a journey through the latest innovative ideas, products and systems from companies including the Addex Group, Fischer Fixings, Quinn Building Products, Rawlplug, Rockwool, Soudal, Styrene and Velux.

Nathan Garnett, UK Construction Week’s event director, stated: “Up-to-date knowledge is crucial when it comes to fire protection and Health and Safety, making the Build Show an unmissable event for everyone in the construction industry. It brings together the latest solutions, Best Practice and current thinking very much to the fore through an array of exhibitors, seminars and CPD Workshops. It’s a much-needed opportunity to give fire protection and Health and Safety the attention they deserve.”

Additional event highlights

Other highlights across the Build Show and UK Construction Week include:

*The Regeneration Hub (sponsored by Easy-Trim)

*The Offsite Theatre covering topics including hybrid concrete solutions and certification (speakers here include include Elaine Toogood from the Concrete Centre and Stephen Wade-Palmer of Offsite Solutions)

*The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme showcasing its new online system, designated ‘ECS Check’, that allows main contractors and clients to verify the skills and qualifications of electrical personnel working on projects. This new initiative is intended to raise the profile of electrical contracting among the wider construction industry and procurement community

*The IEMA Conference addressing sustainability (on 10 October)

*The Construction Enquirer Awards (to be held on 9 October)

Free visitor tickets and updates are available via the website www.buildshow.co.uk

Keep up-to-date with the latest information about exhibitors, product launches and speakers at the Build Show via the website www.buildshow.co.uk, on Twitter at @BuildShow or by using the hashtag #BuildShow2018

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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