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Fire Safety in Purpose Built Blocks of Flats

Course content
Key areas
Learning outcomes
Who should attend
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Upcoming courses

Key Areas

  • Introduction and background to the development and scope of the new guide.
  • Fires in flats: the experience and the risk.
  • Fire safety design principles.
  • Fire safety law.
  • Fire Risk Assessment for blocks of flats.
  • Prevention of fires.
  • Fire protection measures.
  • Managing fire risk.

Course Content

This comprehensive one day fire safety training course, to accompany the recently published Fire Safety in Blocks of Flats Guide, covers fire risk assessment, fire safety design principles, relevant legislation, Fire Safety Orders, fire protection measures, alarm systems and on-going management control within the challenging environment of ensuring fire safety within large residential blocks. This course is ideal for all those involved in the management, assessment and enforcement of fire safety in purpose built blocks of flats, and gives delegates and opportunity to receive training and guidance direct from the author of this guide.

Session 1

  • Introduction and background to the development and scope of the new guide.
  • The risk of fire - and the factors influencing the likelihood of a fire in a block of flats.
  • Fire safety design principles for blocks of flats - including benchmarking, “stay put” principle and evacuation strategy.

Session 2:

  • The law governing fire safety in blocks of flats - who is the “responsible person”, the duties imposed under the Fire Safety Order, the scope and overlap of legislation and the enforcement of the legislation under the FSO and Housing Act.
  • The requirement for a fire risk assessment - the types of fire risk assessment and their scope.
  • The risk assessment process and action plan.
  • The management of fire risk in blocks of flats - including preventing fires, common fire hazards and suitable control measures to reduce the risk.

Session 3:

  • Fire protection measures in blocks of flats - compartmentation, means of escape, smoke control, emergency lighting, signs and notices, fire extinguishers.
  • Fire detection and alarm systems in blocks of flats and sheltered accommodation.
  • The management of fire safety in blocks of flats - ongoing management control, “zero tolerance” and “managed use” policies, testing and maintenance requirements, engaging with residents.

Session 4:

  • Case studies
  • Q&A session - opportunity for delegates to raise specific issues on the guide and other relevant fire safety matters.

Learning Outcomes

  • Enhance their knowledge of the laws governing fire safety in blocks of flats
  • Increase their understanding of the fire safety design principles associated with blocks of flats
  • Have the opportunity to explore the “stay put” policy and when it is appropriate
  • Obtain insight into why fire risk and fire safety in blocks of flats differs from other buildings
  • Delegates will also have an opportunity to discuss technical and management issues associated with this important new guidance.

Who Should Attend

This event is suitable for all those involved in the management, assessment and enforcement of fire safety in purpose built blocks of flats. It will be particularly relevant to private and social landlords, other housing providers, risk assessors and enforcement authorities.


Members Rate: £336 (£280 ex VAT)

Standard Rate: £372 (£310 ex VAT)


Upcoming courses

27 February - Fire Safety in Purpose-Built Blocks of Flats - London - A1613

12 October - Fire Safety in Purpose-Built Blocks of Flats - London - A1681

In-house training at your site

Training multiple staff at once is the most cost effective way to develop staff for organisations. All our courses can be delivered at your site (min 6 staff) at discounted rates. These In-House courses are only available in the UK and Europe. For an In-house quote please email; 
Name of course, approximate number of staff and your site address 

To contact the CIBSE Training Team with a query please

Email: or call: +44 (0)20 8772 3637