• Evacuation Strategies
  • Risk Assessment

Lessons Learned From:
Rosepark Nursing Home & Grenfell Tower Fire Tragedies

A one-day conference

24th September 2020


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This conference will be of great interest to all healthcare service providers, healthcare estates managers, health & safety managers, regulators, design and build professionals, Fire Engineers, Researchers, Fire Consultants, Product Manufacturers, Distributors, Local authorities, Fire Station Chiefs and senior management and Planning Executives.


Event Programme 



Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Aidan O’Connor, HSE Estate Manager Fire Safety, National Directorate of Estates

From A Field Hospital to a Covid Care Step Down Facility the Journey

  • Developing and delivering Field Hospitals in the Covid 19 Pandemic
  • Covid Care Step Down Facilities – what was involved in developing these facilities.

5min Q&A


HIQA – A person centred approach to fire safety in designated centres

Speaker: Niall Whelton – Inspector of Estates and Fire Safety, HIQA

5min Q&A


Workshop / Group Exercises – Risk Assessment / Fire Safety Management / Evacuation Strategies

Speaker: Dr. Victor Hrymak, PhD, MSc, BSc, CMIOSH & MIFireE, TU Dublin – City Campus

  • Fire risk assessment in healthcare – best practice displayed
  • Fire safety management in healthcare
  • Lessons from the Rosepark nursing home and Grenfell Tower fire tragedies
  • A review of research into evacuation times and behaviour, for building occupants with restricted mobility 

Group Q&A


Tea/Coffee Break


Whose Home Is It Anyway? – Residential Care Centres – HSE Estates Experience.

Speaker: Derek Dockrell, Architectural Advisor, HSE Estates

  • The design of Residential Care Centres

5min Q&A


Fire Safety & Construction Works in Hospitals

Speaker: JJ Cummins, Development Manager, Mater Private Hospital

  • Most hospitals do construction works on a regular basis – why this work brings a Fire Risk to hospitals – What are the fire risks brought by construction activity?
  • Identifying the fire risks – how to manage them – How to minimise them or better still eliminate them where possible
  • Training of Contractors
  • Fire Safety auditing on construction sites – Follow up after Fire Safety Audits
  • Maintaining standards
  • Importance of Hot Work permits
  • Importance of properly analysing information on SDS.

5min Q&A


Ensuring correct passive fire protection in healthcare premises

Speaker: David O’Reilly ASFPI Operations Officer

  • Requirement for essential maintenance of passive systems to ensure the integrity of fire compartmentation.
  • Role of passive fire protection in preventing fire spread in buildings
  • Issues that cause poor installation and reasons for them
  • Auditing/inspecting passive fire protection in existing buildings
  • Ensuring correct design, specification and installation of passive fire protection in buildings
  • Establishing competence in the designers, specifiers, installers and the role of third-party certification.

Group Q&A




COVID19 infection control and prevention best practice

Speaker: Swarna Jaiswal, TU Dublin

  • Preparing for a second wave
  • Therapeutic agents and vaccines – Current Scenario

5min Q&A


CFD Analysis of an unsprinklered v’s a Sprinklered Design in a typical Community Nursing Unit (CNU):

Layout and the implications to the fire safety design of the unit.

Speaker: Declan Crilly, MSc (Fire) – BEng – MIEI Fire Safety Engineer – Director FCC Fire Cert Ltd

  • Recent update of TGD B issued (Reprint 2020) summarising the current amendments
  • Outline the current fire safety requirements within the TGD B as they relate to Nursing Homes
  • Explain where proposals for provision of sprinklers in Residential Institutional Buildings has materialised and whether it is justified.  
  • CFD Analyse of sprinklered and unsprinklered fire scenarios in typical Community Nursing Unit (CNU) design to determine whether sprinkler provision may or may not be required.
  • Should residential sprinkler systems be incorporated into further TGD B updates.


Group Q&A


Conference close

Dr Victor HrymakDr Victor Hrymak

Principal academic lecturer for the MSc in Environmental Health & Safety at Technological University Dublin (formerly DIT)

He has over 30 years of experience with public and private sector organisations. This extensive experience includes inspection and enforcement roles in London, as well as the head of Fire & Safety for Trinity College Dublin.

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HHe is a published safety author and has presented at National and International academic and professional conferences. His expertise and research interests involve safety auditing, the selection and conduct of risk assessments as well as the implementation and statistical evaluation of safety management systems.

Niall WheltonNiall Whelton

Inspector of Estates and Fire Safety, HIQA

Niall Whelton (B.SC (Hons) Architectural Technology) is currently an Inspector of Fire and Estates within the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).

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He is part of a team of inspectors with responsibility for the regulation of adult social care services including services for older persons and people with disabilities.

Before joining the Authority, Niall worked as a Fire Prevention and Building Control Officer with Cork County Fire and Building Control Authority for eight years, enforcing fire safety and building control legislation.

There will be CPD certificates awarded to attendees at this conference. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.



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