Grenfell Tower: Regulations MUST change .

Fire industry and world media unite at FIREX 2017

Building regulations must be reassessed as part of the inquiry into the Grenfell tower fire, according to a panel of experts at FIREX International. In an emotional debate, which begun with a one-minute silence to commemorate the victims, Dennis Davis of the Fire Sector Federation (FSF) said the industry was creating the legacy for the next 50 years following the Grenfell tower fire. To a crowd of journalists and TV cameras he said: Time and time and time again, we are desperately worried about our building regulations, in particularly the approved documents falling behind what is going on within the built environment.

We must get over this.

2006 is the last review. Ten years is too long a gap, far too long a gap if you consider how much constriction and building has changed. The determination has to be as a sector that we ask very, very deep, searching questions how could this happen in our country, at this time? Special @itvnews report filmed at #FIREX2017. Fire industry condemn a failing safety culture and how it must be fixed. #GrenfellTower IFSEC Global Editor (@ifsecglobal) June 23, 2017 Worrying trends Jim Glocking, Fire Protection Association, said the industry was seeing worrying trends associated with fires but was struggling enormously to get its voice heard. He said that the situation with central government was very difficult as there was no timeframe and you couldn t imagine holding the Olympics and not telling athletes when to be ready yet that is the situation we find ourselves in. Steve Seaber of the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association, said that there needed to be more regular reviews of legislation like in Australia, where it happened once a year. He said: We also need to make sure that regulatory changes are reflected in other parts of regulations. Misinformation Stephen MacKenzie, international fire risk and emergency planning expert, said there was an awful lot of misinformation and we needed to learn from the lessons of the past, as well as political responses.

He said: We need to look not just at regulations but at emergency and disaster responses from local and central government. We are see an erosion of fire research capacities in the UK need to look at longer-term secure funding streams. Cladding Niall Rowan of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection was one of the only panellists to make an outright comment about the cladding, often cited as a claimed cause of the extensive fire, saying it seems to have failed spectacularly . He said: I witnessed a number of videos from passers-by but I don t put a scapegoat on the cladding panels, there was also the foam we need to look at the whole system. He claimed though the panels weren t permitted under Approval Document B but that one of the desktop studies where they could be used, through a Building Control alliance of the local authority, inspectors and other bodies, could allow for them to be used. Although the panels aren t permitted, there is a very sophisticated test the desktop study that can be used, and that some of these haven t been as rigorous as they should have been. Rowan agreed though there was a lot of supposition about the fire, but that it was tombstone legislation that caused it unfortunately it takes somethings like this to make a difference. Skills Martin Harvey, Fire Industry Association, said there was also a real issue about competency skills and knowledge of the people installing fire protection systems. He said: You just need a man and a white van and he s suddenly an expert in installing fire systems.

Summing up, Harvey said that the most important element of the inquiry was that lessons must be learnt unlike the Lakanal House fire.

Fire industry Desperately worried building regulations have fallen behind @BBCTheOneShow report from #FIREX2017 #GrenfellTower IFSEC Global Editor (@ifsecglobal) June 23, 2017 This article was also published on SHP Online.

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Video: Genetec, Pelco, CSL, AxxonSoft and Promise take the 30 second challenge

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Calls for greater collaboration as security industry faces blended threat

Recent cyber-security threats underscore the need for physical and information security teams to work more closely together. The threat is blended so the teams need to work together, said Ellie Hurst, Marcomm and Media Manager for Advent IM at IFSEC International. Hurst cited numerous attacks where hackers exploited vulnerabilities found in physical systems.

For example, in December, two individuals hacked into the Washington DC CCTV camera network days before Donald Trump s inauguration. Meanwhile in October, Hangzhou Xionmai Technology, a vendor behind DVRs and internet-connected cameras, inadvertently played a role in a wide-scale DDOS attacks against PayPal, twitter, Spotify and other platforms. While physical and information security professionals typically work in different departments, they need to find a common language, said Hurst. Do you know what you have? Do you know what they are built on? What is the life-cycle management of these products and are they patched? said Hurst. From there you can decide whether to accept the risk. Though rare, some organisations have merged the physical and information security teams, said James Willison, Founder of Unified Security Ltd.

Symantec has merged their team and Barclays is building one SOC for both cyber and physical security, he said. All is not lost if your organisation is behind. There are measures every company can take to mitigate the risk, said the presenters at IFSEC. Ninety percent of breaches are due to people s mistakes, poor configuration and maintenance, said Steven Kenny, Business Development Manager Architecture & Engineering (A&E) Program, Axis Communications. Creating a documented internal policy and increasing employee awareness is important, said Kenny. Training and education is also important. You need to find a training course suitable for those in physical security, added Hurst. At the end of the day, the threat isn t going to go away. You ve got to do the training.

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Security installer training academy: Robox Academy at IFSEC 2017

Manveer Rayit, owner of, speaks to IFSEC Global about exhibiting at IFSEC International 2017 in the run-up to the show. A former installer, Manveer is now running a training academy which helps installers market and grow their business. Robox Academy is exhibiting on stand C1432.

Get your free badge now. IFSEC Global: What are your plans for the show? Have you exhibited before? Manveer Singh: This is the first time exhibiting. Our plan is to showcase our academy targeted towards installers looking to grow their business. We ll also be handing out some useful marketing information for security installers. IG: What s your background? MS: I learnt about the security industry through my father who left his management role with BT to become a full time security installer in 1990. I was brought up watching him fit security systems and It taught me a lot about the nature of running your own business.

Fast forward 15 years, I left university and could not find a job so decided to become a CCTV Installer and found it incredibly rewarding. I was always fascinated with the products, so after three years I setup as a distributor and began supplying the trade with CCTV equipment. It was through this experience that I learnt how important it was for installers to understand how to manage their business. I think a lot of well qualified installers lose out due to a lack of attention on the marketing and management side. Whether it s advertising themselves, designing a sales system that helps them win more jobs or project management their installations. So many installers I used supply cut themselves short when it came to marketing themselves properly. This is when I had the first idea for an Academy that could teach business skills for installers who were primarily driven by technical expertise. I ve also been reading lots of articles about the shortage of engineers in the trade and our academy is planning on a campaign to help bring more people into the industry. IG: Please tell me about the things you have to offer the market?

MS: Our primary product is a training course which anyone from the trade can register and attend. The courses are specifically targeted towards business skills so you d learn things like: Advertising your business online Managing your projects more effectively Controlling your paperwork and finances We also have a solutions division which has successfully completed a number of business solutions since January. Our solution is company specific so includes Web Design, Branding and Logo Design and implementation of CRM software. We have our business course on 14 July and are offering a 100 discount to all IFSEC attendees from the normal price of 299. It s not too late to visit IFSEC! One day to go . IFSEC International takes place between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. Robox Academy is exhibiting on stand C1432. Get your free badge now.

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Brian Cox draws IFSEC s biggest-ever keynote audience

Professor Brian Cox gave a thought-provoking lecture on the origin of the universe in front of a record audience at the Safety and Health Expo 2017 keynote theatre. Cox said the scale and challenge of his job as a cosmologist was shown by the fact our nearest galaxy is 23 million light years away . He said: What I m trying to say is the universe is big!

The challenge is to see our position. We are physically insignificant. Quoting cosmologist Carl Sagan, Cox said astronomy was a humbling experience , and then also American author, John Updike, who said astronomy is what we now have instead of theology: the terrors are less but the comforts are nil. Tour Cox then took the packed audience on a whistle-stop tour of the theories of the universe, including Einstein s theory of relativity, and how that grew out of his own thinking on gravity and light, which was from James Maxwell s 1860s experiments on light and rainbows. He said: Really simple benchtop experiments motivated Einstein to his theory. Depending on your feeling about maths, the equations are either gibberish or beautiful. Einstein had demolished the notion of absolute time one of the key theories of physics Cox said. Audacious leap Cox said it was an audacious leap from just some electricity and magnetism experiments that led to a theory of the creation of the universe. He then went onto explain how when you look further back in space, you can see everything is so hot that atoms can t form.

Can I see the Big Bang? The answer is yes, almost. He said. Seeing the oldest light in the universe, there are no stars and galaxies, it is just the glowing plasma of the young universe with dense dots of light. The different colours correspond to slightly different densities. This picture shows that the universe was very dense and very hot and that the universe is not eternal. He said that one physicist had described the dense spots like looking at the face of god as they collapsed to form the first stars and galaxies. When you put the image of the oldest light into a computer and simulate the expansion of the universe, the distribution of galaxies creates the cosmic web that we have today, he said. Inflation Speaking about what existed before the Big Bang, Cox said Inflation is the best theory , and which only became a mature concept in the 2000s.

He said: There is a little patch of space before big bang. The universe was still there, but it was empty and cold, and has a kind of stuff but if you put it into the universe it makes it stretch very fast. This theory starts with something a billionth of the size of the nucleus of an atom. Ten to the minus 37 seconds stretching out. It doubles 100 times and possibly many more times, until it stops, and when it stops the entire observable universe is the size of the exhibition hall. And all the energy is dumped into the space, and it heats it up and it makes particles and it creates the Big Bang. That s the cause of the big bang itself. Circles Cox also said there was a prediction that if you look into the data map of the universe, you should see circles in the sky that are a direct prediction from the oldest light. Astronomers should be able to draw these circles through the distance between galaxies, by pairing galaxies up through a correlation function.

He said: The graph was only published three years ago it is true that it more likely to find these predictions than not. This is cutting edge cosmology we have been able to probe the origin of our universe from the billionth the size of an atom to today s trillions of galaxies through data. Questions Cox also took a number of questions from the floor, including why we haven t found any other intelligent life in the universe. He said: Biologists point to the history of life on earth. Complex life doesn t begin for 3.5 billion years, until then it is only single celled. The evolutionary events are extremely fortuitous. Someone one cell got inside another one and survived and then reproduced. It is mind-boggling how rare it is but it did happen and it happened here. One biologist told me, when looking at at my map of the Milky Way you should say out there, there is only slime.

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Professionals must have soft skills set, panel claims

IFSEC 2017 Ensuring candidates have softer non-technical skills is crucial for recruiting health and safety professionals, a panel has claimed at the SHExpo keynote theatre. Anna Keen, director of Acre, which has been building a competency framework with 50 leading professionals, said the firm was really starting to see a change around what clients are looking for . The firm built a psychometric profiling tool that shows not just who you are, but the impact of your character against core competencies and the results showed a number of interesting findings about health and safety professionals.

She said: We wanted to give people an understanding in how they could progress their career and understand what their teams looked like. There were a number of things that challenge the stereotypes, we were seeing a lot about high-caring individuals, and natural intrigue. Confidence Keen said one of the key discoveries was about confidence. She said: It s a real issue having the confidence to challenge at executive level and with those people who you work with on an everyday level. Self-awareness is also something we are challenging too and how they understand themselves. For example, if someone says they aren t good with data, we looked at how that impacts their business. Richard White, quality, health, safety and environment (QSHE) director at CBRE said the themes from Keen were now commonplace . He said: My view has changed. I used to think a relevant degree was the most important aspect, but now it s also about softer skills, the ability to present and speak the right commercial language of the business, and you can train the other technical aspects required.

Softer skills are crucial to the success. Never enough Ruth Denyer, head of operational risk at ITV, agreed: You can never have enough technical knowledge to do every production it s all about engagement with those that can help. The technical piece gives you a comfort factor, and the engagement piece is much softer. You have to change your thinking about White said: You can t be good at everything if you get the right mix of people around you, that works for the whole team. Keen also said that Acre found people recruiting a reflection of themselves , which needed to change. Broad church Denyer added the entire way conversations were held with associated elements of other industries and professions was also needed across risk assessment. Health and safety is just one of the risks being is managed there is a lot which can be learned from the broader risk framework. Much broader conversations about risk are required. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Visit IFSEC International for exclusive access to every security product on the market, live product demonstrations and networking with thousands of security professionals.

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Director offers harrowing insight into workplace death

A harrowing story of a former construction director has offered an example of the need for health and safety vigilance on site at the Safety and Health Expo 2017. Matthew Hazelton, speaking on behalf of training specialist Proud2bSafe, spoke about his personal journey following a workplace incident where his brother died. He said the incident left him having to deal with things you don t think you will ever have to deal with and that he struggled with the attention of the media and organising the funeral for his brother.

Legal Hazelton said: While I was trying to deal with the personal side of things, I then had to realise I had to deal with the legal side of things. Director to me was a ridiculously posh term I had no idea what I was about to get myself into. He explained how he had meetings with the insurance company, which led to the HSE and the police involvement. Getting arrested and taken to a police station under cameras is not a nice feeling, he said. The legal process also meant that he couldn t speak to his work colleagues and friends as they weren t allowed the same barrister or solicitor and when you really want to be close to your mates, you are being dragged apart . Timeline He warned about timelines following such an event in his case it took six and a half years before the verdict of accidental death. You are being hidden away from everyone when you feel you haven t got anything to hide. We were doing and all the while as a business we were doing okay and we went to losing money, getting new business was a no-no, but old clients did look after us. Mental health Hazelton also talked about the personal toll on his own mental health.

Despite continuing in the construction industry, he could never get over the incident. I could never recreate the old construction firm vibe and I kept getting angrier. My wife had stood by me, but when she left, then the wheels really came off and I started drinking and doing drugs. Things came to a head when he had a collision with a transit van at 60mph. I didn t want to get out of bed, I didn t want to do anything. When I have to go to see my mother on mother s day I will always feel guilt. Consequences It s something I have to live with everyday as the client has to, and the main contractor does. He summed up that the effect it has is on a personal level and a legal level, and on his children and family. The effects will be felt for the rest of their lives.

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Community engagement vital to prevent ripple effect of terrorism

Counter Terror Recent attacks show that governments must ensure adequate communication to and between communities to protect from increasingly-sophisticated terror attacks, experts have said. Speaking in a panel debate at IFSEC International 2017, Stephen Mackenzie, director of Mackenzie risk management said the whole philosophy has moved on counter-terrorism following attacks in Manchester and London. We re trying to make our counter-terrorism strategy much more public and transparent to engage the community.

We re seeing the balance between organisational response and the response of the ordinary citizen. With the rise in recent terrorist events we re working to get better information out into the public domain, but we re playing catch-up. His view was backed by the Canadian perspective of Bonnie Butlin, co-founder and executive director, Security Partner s Forum. Preparing for the 150 th anniversary of Canada has highlighted the importance of counter-terrorism in a new way , said Butlin. We re seeing trends for sectors of the economy to start working together like never before, she said. Typically reputational risks are so high that they are a powerful disincentive to sharing information, but if then one business gets hit it might ripple all the way through for lack of sharing. Butlin also noted that the lines between physical and cyber security are becoming increasingly blurred. We have discovered a number of IMSI devices, or fake cell towers, which will absorb the calls to emergency services and prevent them responding, she said. But we don t know who is responsible.

However Dato Amar Singh Ishar Singh, Kuala Lumpur police chief, Royal Malaysia Police, believes an even more robust policy than community engagement is required. Singh, who deals with the growing terrorist threat in Colombo, said police must be much more aggressive, rather than waiting for terrorists to come to us . You can have all the defensive strategy you want, being ready to respond with the army and police. But we need to be aggressive we target possible terrorists groups online and in Kuala Lumpur alone we have made more than 300 arrests. Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo In conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event , IFSEC International, B&I is addressing your critical needs for large scale security projects affecting national security, integrated systems, border protection and much more. You will have access to test the latest security innovations in; Physical & perimeter, Barriers & bollards, Command & control, Emergency response, Cyber solutions, Drones & UAVs, Transport security and much more. Click here to register your place now to join us at London Excel on 20 22 June 2017.