Building Regulations In Scotland – Ensuring People’s Safety

This briefing will consider building regulations, laws and how to implement them to ensure people’s safety.

The context

Recent high profile and tragic incidents have demonstrated the fundamental importance of buildings being safe and healthy places for people to live, work, learn, be in or around.

With a series of Scottish and UK-wide inquiries into housing and building regulations currently ongoing, how can we make our built environment as secure as possible?

This essential briefing will examine the law, regulations and practice in ensuring the safety of people in and about Scotland’s buildings.

Key learning objectives

  • Get an up-to-date brief on the latest building safety regulations, how to comply and meet requirements
  • Understand your role, responsibilities and legal duties in meeting safety standards
  • Examine good practice, implementation of standards and consider solutions with experts and peers

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and refreshments

10:00 Welcome and introduction by the Chair
Professor Alan Alexander OBE, General Secretary, Royal Society of Edinburgh

10:05 Session 1: Building Standards In Scotland

10:05 Scottish Government Address

Bill Dodds, Head of Building Standards, Scottish Government

10.25 Why the Need for Fire Safety? 

  • SFRS background
  • Auditing
  • Legal duties in meeting safety standards

Gavin Gray, Station Manager, Fire Safety Enforcement (North & East), Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

10:45 Building Regulations: Lessons and ideas from other regulatory regimes

Lessons and ideas from other regulatory regimes, including:

  • planning
  • environment
  • health & safety

Robin Hutchison, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

11:05 Questions and Discussion

11:35 Refreshments and Networking

12:00 Session 2: Interactive Seminar

12:00 Session Begins

  • Taking advantage of the learning from the morning, collective knowledge, experience and expertise in the room, attendees will lead the discussions by identifying the key issues, challenges and solutions to improve the effective operation of the building standards system.

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:50 Session 3: Panel Debate - Assessing and Enhancing the Safety of Scotland's Buildings 

Panellists will give short introductory statements before discussion is opened up to the floor,

  • Ron Fraser, Interim Executive Director, Construction Scotland
  • Liam Ross, Lecturer in Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art
  • Gavin Gray, Station Manager, Fire Safety Enforcement (North & East), Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

14:55 Chair's Closing Remarks

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue 

NASUWT, 35 Young Street North Lane, Edinburgh | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT)

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635 

Dates
23 November 2017

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