What Needs To Be Done To Bring Our Education Buildings Up To Standard

A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

Date: 7th March 2018

Fire safety audits carried out in recently-constructed primary schools identified serious cases of non-compliance with fire safety standards.

Less fire resistant products were used in the construction of the education buildings, and the audits advised immediate remedial work needed to be carried out.

In all the schools the audits found that many areas did not achieve sufficient fire resistance to provide the required time for an evacuation.

The audits detailed that immediate and essential improvement works should be carried out in the buildings to bring them up to fire safety compliance standards.

This conference will assess and examine what went wrong in recent audits and what we need to do to bring our education facilities up to standard or avoid these complications on new builds.

CMG events typically sell out quickly, so prompt booking is strongly advised to secure your place at the Early Bird Rate of €395.00 + VAT (Normal rate €495.00 + VAT)

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid

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6 Structured CPD Points

This event will be of real interest to all education facilitators, fire safety managers, Facilities managers, build and design professionals including schools, third level educators, property managers, contractors, sub-contractors, engineers, architects, local authorities, semi-state agencies, government departments, manufacturers, suppliers, universities, health & safety managers and legal consultants.

Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4pm

Conference Chair Person

Brendan Kavanagh, Chartered Fire Safety Practitioner & Fire Scientist
Practicing Professional Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Surveyor and Independent Verifier

Overview of what has happened in recent reports and what needs to be done to bring our schools up to standard

Building Control Amendment Regulations (BCAR) & How it should be applied to Education Projects

Recent Legal Cases reviewed

The Fire Safety of Products Regulatory Regime in Ireland, the UK and the EU
Speaker: Terry Edge, independent fire safety expert who between 2004 and 2016 was the UK government’s lead on the fire safety of products, particularly furniture.

  • Ireland has identical furniture fire safety regulations to the UK, and they are the toughest in the world, but clash with EU requirements – where are the main pitfalls?
  • The Dame Judith Hackitt review announced in December 2017 that the UK fire safety regime was not fit for purpose. Schools at risk due to overlapping requirements between domestic and non-domestic fire safety regulations for furniture.
  • Huge threat to health in schools and homes due to large amounts of toxic flame retardants used in furniture that do little to prevent fire spread.
  • After Brexit, Ireland cannot continue with its present furniture flammability regulations. But solutions do exist!

Fire Safety in Education Buildings
Speaker: Tom Woolley, Consultant

  • There are over 700 fires in schools in the UK every year. Why is this number so high and how does it compare to the Irish Market
  • Increasingly schools are being constructed with modular off-site buildings – are these up to standard
  • Due to concern about the fire safety of PIR insulation Materials following the Grenfell disaster, questions have been raised about the fire safety of PIR and SIPS – which will be discussed and solutions identified.
  • Research carried out 5 years ago indicates worrying problems about the potential flammability of such materials.
  • Alternative fire safe materials are available and these can also ensure better standards of indoor air quality – details discussed

Examples of exemplar education buildings

  • Setting the bar – examples we should be following

Role of the Facilities Manager in Educational Buildings
Speaker: Michael Woods, Facilities Manager, DCU

  • What should we be looking out for as a Facilities Manager
  • Building Regulations at a glance, A to M.
  • Contractor Management
  • PPM’s and Audits

As a Fire Safety Inspector or Facilities Manager
Speaker; Paddy McDonnell, Technical Director, Phoenix Safety Training Services

  • What key points do you need to consider when inspecting and auditing educational buildings
  • What areas to inspect, assessment and analysis of inspection
  • How to control arson attacks

Challenges Associated with doing remedial and repair works in Education buildings
Speaker: Kieran Linehan, MSc, CFIOSH, Ayrton Group

  • Requirements for safe planning of your projects
  • Defining ‘remedial’ & ‘repair’ works, as well as ‘construction’ works
  • Using existing information, Safety File, Asbestos reports and seeking other information before you commence
  • Safety Regulations & prevention; Clients Role (Board Of Management), PSDP role, PSCS role
  • What should a Board Of Management (BoM) prepare in advance, what do you need during?
  • What remedial & repair works can we do ourselves? When do we need a competent contractor?
  • Working within live school environments
  • What should a BoM check after the project has completed?

Evacuation Strategies in Education Buildings Explained
Speaker: Alan Oliver, TagEvac

  • Evacuation Strategies; Problems and Solutions
  • Different evacuation strategies available outlined
  • How strategies need to be tailored to an individual building
  • Why they sometimes fail with tragic consequences (with case study)
  • Solutions (with case study)
  • Effective testing and evaluation
Insurance issues & Fire Safety In Educational Buildings

Can schools and universities learn lessons from other sectors?

There will be 6 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service

Brendan Kavanagh

Brendan Kavanagh

Chartered Fire Safety Practitioner & Fire Scientist, Practicing Professional Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Surveyor and Independent Verifier

Practicing Professional Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Surveyor and Independent Verifier.

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Best Practice Facilitator and Fire Safety Management Specialist Adviser. Preliminary  Examination of  the Institution of  Fire Engineers (12th March 1977) with MCR Graduate Membership  awarded (30th November 2009). Forty  One Years continuous Membership of the Institution of Fire Engineers (1976 – 2017). Membership of the Association of Irish Risk Management (1999) and Elected  Chairman (Term 2001- 2003). Membership of the National Standards Authority of  Ireland Fire  Safety Standards Consultative Committee (1987) and Chairman of Advisory Group 3. Professional Membership Number 106 (5th January 1993) of  The Confederation of Fire Protection Association Europe (CFPA – Europe). Professional  Membership of the Institution of Incorporated Executive Engineers Membership Number A29381(1994). Register of  Safety Practitioners Number 1934 (20th June 1995) and Chartered Membership of the Institution of  Occupational Safety and Health 17th November 2005. Appointed Lecturer Trinity College The University of Dublin Department  of  Civil,Structural and Environmental Engineering (2012 – 2017). January 2015 Appointed Visiting Specialist Lecturer Fire Service Training  College U.K. & N.I. Morton in the Marsh. Accredited Joiff Fire Safety Management (“Responsible Person”) and Fire Safety (“Competent Person”). Fire Safety Management and Hydraulic Fire Engineering Workshop Director and Tutor (2014-2017). Construction Site Fire Safety, Gas Safety activities incorporating Hot Works Permit approval in accordance with Irish & European Standards and World Class Best Practice Techniques (2016-2017).

Kieran Linehan

Kieran Linehan

Founder, Principal & Senior Consultant of Ayrton Group

Kieran established Ayrton Group (formerly Health & Safety Services) in 1993.

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Ayrton group now employ over 100 professionals, in all aspects of construction, as well as other safety roles. His qualifications include an MSc from Loughborough University & Diploma from UCC. Having first joined IOSH in 1995, Kieran is a Chartered Safety Practitioner & became a Chartered Fellow of IOSH (the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health) in 2009. Kieran has been a member of the National Executive of NISO, as well as founder member of the IOSH Committee. With a long established background in the manufacturing & construction sectors, Kieran has a wealth of knowledge regarding Project Management, Design & Safety Management Systems, along with what is required to in- still safe systems of work in all workplaces. He also deals with litigation issues, as well as H.S.A. criminal defences & expert witness. In accepting the roles of PSDP & PSCS as part of project management, it affords us the opportunity to consider the latest developments in ergonomics & the best preventative approaches.

Tom Wooley

Tom Wooley


Tom Woolley B.Arch, PhD is an architect and environmental researcher living in County Down, Northern Ireland.

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He is internationally known for his work on sustainable architecture and construction. He was Professor of Architecture at Queens University Belfast from 1991 to 2007.

Tom Woolley has published widely on construction, planning, housing, green architecture and healthy buildings, including the Green Building Handbook, Natural Building, Hemp and Lime Construction and Low Impact Building. His latest book, published by Routledge, is Building Materials, Health and Indoor Air Quality. Tom has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops around the world including Canada, South Africa, Malaysia, Holland, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Poland.

Alan Oliver

Alan Oliver

Business Development & Compliance Manager, Tag Evac

Alan Oliver has been involved in fire protection for more than 35 years, having joined Pilkington Insulations in 1981 as a regional manager in their fire protection division.

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In 1991 Alan established a Southern UK operation for the then newly formed passive fire protection installer Checkmate Fire and worked for 26 years on numerous new build projects including The Channel Tunnel, The Millennium Dome and Eurostar St Pancras, whilst also actively involved in surveys and remedial work in hospitals, universities and other occupied buildings where life safety and business continuity is paramount. He was Managing Director of Checkmate between 2007 and 2013 and has recently left the company to join emergency evacuation systems company, TagEvac, as their Business Development and Compliance Manager. Alan has championed the cause of fire compliant buildings for many years to ensure that the evacuation strategy, when called upon, will actually work.

Paddy McDonnell

Paddy McDonnell

Technical Director, Phoenix Safety Training Services

Paddy has over 20 years experience in Fire Engineering and 13 in Occupational Safety and Health.

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From 2000 until his retirement from the Department of Defence in 2010 he was a senior lecturer at the School of Military Engineering in the Irish Defence Forces Training Centre, lecturing on fire safety both operational and prevention, breathing apparatus, and road accident rescue.

He is a fire safety consultant with Phoenix STS Ltd. where he specialises in fire safety and emergency management within healthcare. He is a specialist adviser on healthcare fire safety training programs, pre- fire planning, and evacuation strategies.

Paddy is a Corporate Member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, a Graduate member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. He is also a Member of the National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers, National Fire Protection Association, Irish Institute of Training & Development and holds a level 8 qualification under National Framework of Qualifications in Occupational Safety and Health.

Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

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