HMO Practical Inspection

Assessing Fire Risk
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12 June 2018
 - 15Hatfields 

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27 September 2018
 - 15Hatfields 

2018 price: Member: £189 | Affiliate member: £289 | Non member: £289 

Why should you attend:

  • Review the legal framework and working protocol with fire and rescue services
  • Learn how to inspect properties and identify relevant building components and their defects which present hazards commonly encountered in HMOs
  • Insight into obtaining and recording evidence including instruction on creating an inspection form
  • Examine case studies on how to prepare schedules of work appropriate to the risks
  • Practical tips on preparing standard letters and notices
  • Receive an introduction into enforcement

Who should attend:

  • Environmental health practitioners
  • Property and housing managers
  • Social landlords

CPD: 5 Hours 30 minutes

▼ Programme 

09:00   Registration
09.30   Session 1
  • Introduction and welcome
  • Statutory Definitions
  • The Legislative framework and licensing fundamentals
10.15   Session 2
  • Management Regulations
  • Overcrowding
  • Environmental Protection Act
  • Powers of Entry
11.15   Refreshment Break
11.30   Session 3
  • Practical identification of the component parts
  • Identifying deficiencies, significant hazards and failures in management
  • Developing a workable inspection sheet
12.30   Lunch
13.30   Session 4
  • Fire risk assessment
  • Fire protection and detection
  • Worked example
14.45   Refreshment break
15.00   Session 5
  • Powers of Entry
  • Determining the most appropriate course of action
  • Drafting a notice and schedules of work
  • Worked example
16.00   Course review
16.30   Collect CPD and depart
▼ Speakers 

Paul Fitzgerald  

Paul FitzgeraldPaul qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 1979 and has worked for a number of inner London and two rural authorities, specialising in private sector housing. Paul has also worked for a Residential Social Landlord as a Maintenance Manager, dealing with routine, cyclical and project management. Since 1995, Paul has worked as a consultant in this field, carrying out, managing and quality assessing stock condition surveys, working for both public and private sector landlords on specific projects or providing staff cover. He set up his own company in 1998.

After leaving school, Paul was one of the first students to obtain a B.Sc. (Hons) in Environmental Health at the University of Greenwich, gaining further qualifications with a Diploma in Management Studies from Kingston University and in Quality Assurance Assessment.

Paul has been involved with the implementation of the Housing Health and Safety Hazard Rating System since its inception in 1999. He is a University of Warwick Trainer for the system, having helped deliver over 100 courses on its assessment and enforcement.

Recent contracts have included;

  • Managing the Houses in Multiple Occupation Team at Eastbourne Borough Council
  • Acting Private Sector Housing Manager for Gravesham Borough Council, specifically submitting a successful bid for £0.86M additional grant funding
  • Delivering training courses to Private Sector Landlords on HMO issues
  • Delivering training courses to Surveying Companies and RSLs on the Health and Safety Hazard Rating System

He is currently employed as a Private Sector Safety Team Manager with Oxford City Council dealing with all aspects of Private Sector Housing, taking the lead on Unlawful Developments and Private Sector Housing Policy.

Deborah Robinson
Managing Director, Quay Interactions

Deborah Robinson Deborah is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner with 25 years Local Government experience, 13 years as a Director of a District Council delivering Environmental Health, Waste Management and Housing as well as leading on organisational development and communications. In 2004 she launched her own company, drawing on her experience of senior and corporate management within Local Government and specialising in Transactional Analysis as a basis for individual and organisational learning and growth.

Over the last five years she has taken the lead in a number of strategic partnerships with Government, other Local Authorities and the private sector, where she has built a reputation of facilitating collaborative working; negotiating and delivering leading-edge developments.

Her strengths lie in providing support and guidance to enable people to perform as individuals and within teams to achieve organisational goals.

Deborah has been involved with the implementation of the Housing Health and Safety Hazard Rating System and has helped deliver over 100 courses on the assessment and enforcement of the system. She is also an Assessor of Professional Development for the CIEH.

Recent contracts include:

  • Facilitating employee groups to support changes in organisational culture
  • Negotiating funding agreements with Government on behalf of partnerships
  • Delivering HHSRS training
  • Improving the performance of multi-disciplinary Teams
  • Coaching senior managers 1:1


▼ What past delegates thought 

"The speaker was good and had a breadth of knowledge which was interesting." 

"Very interesting and I have recommended to others." 

"Brilliant. I really enjoyed it." 

▼ Resource pack 

If you have attended this event, you can access the resource pack here.


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