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Fire Safety Matters Podcast – Episode 28

12 December 2022

THE TWENTY eighth episode of the Fire Safety Matters Podcast is now live to view and available to download or stream for free. On this edition, Western Business Media’s CEO Mark Sennett chats with our regular podcast guest Warren Spencer about legislation for the New Year and also hears from Colin Smith at Eaton in relation to the company’s plans for the next 12 months.

From January 2023, the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 will make it a requirement in law for ‘Responsible Persons’ of high-rise residential buildings to provide information to Fire and Rescue Services that will assist the latter in planning for – and responding to – a fire event in their building. A high-rise residential building is defined as one containing two or more sets of domestic premises and that is at least 18 metres tall (or has at least seven storeys).

In conversation with Mark, Warren Spencer outlines all of the main points to note about this new legislation, as well as taking into account what legislatory changes will be realised in 2023 specifically for fire risk assessors.

Product roadmap

Our second guest on this edition of the Fire Safety Matters Podcast is Colin Smith, field product manager for the UK life safety division at Eaton. Colin is a member of the Engineering Council, a graduate of the Institution of Fire Engineers and also a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Colin has worked for Eaton across the last four years. Prior to that, he held roles with Comelit, Drax Services, Sterling Safety Systems and Wagner.

In his present role with Eaton, Colin is responsible for the ownership, development and marketing of the company’s fire alarm and emergency lighting platforms here in the UK.

On this edition of the podcast, Colin chats with Mark about new products for 2023 and also touches on the key issue of cyber security for life safety systems, which is really coming to the forefront of discussions at the moment.

Industry news

In addition, Episode 28 includes Fire Safety Matters Editor Brian Sims joining forces with Mark for a comprehensive round-up of several key industry news stories focused on the Building Safety Act, fires in warehouses, the Building Safety Levy and also the Fire Industry Association’s Guide to the UK Fire Safety Industry 2021-2022, which recently won the Commercial Partnership of the Year Award at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards 2022.

Read the FIA Guide by visiting the Fire Safety Matters digital archive, where you can also access the recently published FIA Guide to the UK Fire Safety Industry 2022-2023.

Listen to the Fire Safety Matters Podcast

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*If there are any specific subjects you would like to see featured in an upcoming Fire Safety Matters Podcast please do contact us. You can do so on Twitter by using the hashtag #FSMPodcast. Alternatively, send an e-mail direct to bsims@westernbusiness.media