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Report of a Fire Risk Management Group Event

The Northern Ireland Branch in concert with the IOSH Fire Risk Management Group (FRMG) organised, on 2 October 2019, a one-day series of seminars:  Fire Safety, the Role of the Occupational Safety and Health Professional. Over 100 participants took part in the four Seminars.

The day was opened by Emma Gilmore, CMIOSH, Chair of the IOSH Northern Ireland Branch and Dr David Gold, CFIOSH, Vice President of IOSH (who also currently holds the Chair of the Fire Risk Management Group). Both Emma and David reflected in their opening remarks that although historically, there have been many large workplace fires with loss of life around world, the news continues to report on workplace fires. With all of the advances of modern technology, we need to focus on the basics of fire safety.  This series of seminars has the goal to elevate fire safety at work to the same level of occupational safety, occupational health and a sustainable environment.

The series consisted of four seminars and one technical presentation. The four seminars included:

  • The Role of the Occupational Safety and Health Professional in Fire Safety (facilitated by Michael Woods, CMIOSH, Member of the FRMG Committee);
  • Complacency During Evacuation (facilitated by Emmanual Monney, CMIOSH, Educational Officer and Member of the FRMG Committee);
  • An Organisation’s Response to Fire (facilitated by Neil Vincer, CMIOSH, Vice Chair of the FRMG) and;
  • Dealing with People with Disabilities During a Fire Emergency (facilitated by Dr David Gold, CFIOSH).

A technical presentation, Ulster University – Fire Engineering Building Design, was delivered by Tony McParland, Fire Engineer.

Neil Vincer observed, “The methodologies used during the seminars included highly interactive group work. In each of the four seminars, although there were more than 100 participants in the room, the group work at each table was not only rich, but also contributed to strengthening of both knowledge and collaboration about fire safety at work.”

One of the objectives of the series of seminars is to create a cascading effect for the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for IOSH Members. Members of the Fire Risk Management Group who were in attendance can download and deliver the seminars they attended during the series, and in-turn, Members of the Fire Risk Management Group that attend seminars taught by the attendees can do the same. The only stipulations are that these seminars can only be used for Continuing Professional Development for occupational safety and health professionals, that the person delivering the seminar cannot charge for the seminar(s) and that the seminars will be delivered following the established lesson plan. Similar events were delivered in the past for the Mid-Shires and the Chiltern Branches of IOSH.

Jonathan Nobbs, Head of Customer Engagement at IOSH reflected that “These four seminars, developed by the Fire Risk Management Group Committee, are a natural introduction and path towards more in-depth IOSH CPD Courses related to fire.”

Emma Gilmore suggested that this series of seminars was an excellent example of IOSH Groups supporting IOSH Branches. The series provides a model which other Groups and Branches can follow.

In completing this report, I would like to express my appreciation to the following people for their dedication, enthusiastic support and their efforts in making this series a success.

Wilson Lamb, Former President, IOSH

Left to right, Dr David Gold, Emma Gilmore, Hayley Burgess, Emmanuel Monney, Wilson Lamb, Neil Vincer, Michael Woods, and Billy Lemon

Wilson Lamb, former President of IOSH was also present supporting the organisation of the day. Wilson expressed his satisfaction about the positive way the series of seminars unfolded.

 

Other Branches wishing to run a similar seminar should contact Tina Lee, The IOSH Fire Risk Management Group Relationship Manager.

In completing this report, I would like to express my appreciation to the following people for their dedication, enthusiastic support and their efforts in making this series a success.

Wilson Lamb, Former President, IOSH 

The Northern Ireland Branch Committee

Emma Gilmore, Chair

Hayley Burgess, Branch Event Coordinator

Helena Smith, Branch Secretary

Billy Lemon, Vice Chair

IOSH Fire Risk Management Group Committee

Neil Vincer

Michael Woods

Emmanuel Monney

And behind the scenes at IOSH

Tina Lee

Catherine Dailey

 

Respectfully submitted,

Dr David Gold, Chair

IOSH Fire Risk Management Group