UK Construction Week offers safety courses in light of Grenfell Tower tragedy

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UK Construction Week has launched free tailored CPD certified workshops to ensure everyone in the industry is informed and protected in light of the recent tragedy at Grenfell Tower

UK Construction Week (UKCW), the leading event for the construction and building sector has taken a positive step forward, following the tragic event at Grenfell by launching free, unbiased, factual workshops to anyone working in the industry. The free, one hour CPD-certified sessions taking place from 10 – 12 October at the Birmingham NEC – will address the specification and use of products from the viewpoint of safety, quality and fire prevention in buildings to ensure that all participants are given the most up-to-date advice and guidance on the main issues affecting the built environment.

These topics have been under intense public scrutiny at a national level, and while Grenfell will change the construction industry forever, companies must come to terms with the fact that ‘doing enough’ is no longer good enough. Our industry has a responsibility for the safety of every user or inhabitant of every building in the UK and with an ever-zealous media looking to apportion blame, and the threat of prosecution and prison now a stark reality, these workshops will ensure that industry is informed with the latest views, findings and legislation.

UKCW recently issued a survey which received over 1000 responses from construction professionals. This survey asked them to identify the professional bodies they want the most up-to-date guidance from; the type of products and services that are now a priority for ongoing and future projects; and how the industry can learn from this terrible event and move forward. The survey results have shaped a series of workshops, which will seek to clarify the latest advice and guidance for the industry. Topics include:

  • Building Regulations – an update and interpretation
  • Fire Prevention – guidance on sprinklers, fire doors, dampening
  • Flammable Building Materials – looking at cladding and other materials and latest advice
  • Health & Safety – knowing your responsibilities and up to date guidance on the latest legislation
  • Improving Safety through Technology

Nathan Garnett, Event Director, said, “In light of recent tragic events in London, and the fact that there are millions of square metres of building space being refurbished, refitted and built right now, the industry must act swiftly to decipher the latest guidance and advice by separating the facts from the fiction. By collaborating with the authorities and professional bodies, we at UK Construction Week have responded with a series of free, CPD certified workshops to address the latest issues and provide the facts from people the industry knows and can trust.”

The workshops are available to any companies involved in the specification or use of products or services in construction or who are responsible for Health and Safety in commercial or residential buildings. The show is offering completely free subsidised places on the workshops, but due to the expected high demand, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For more information and free registration visit www.ukconstructionweek.com or contact info@ukconstructionweek.com

 

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