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Passive Fire Protection SEMINAR INTRODUCTION & OVERVIEW
Checkmate contains fire! Checkmate is a specialist passive fire protection installation & survey company, providing professionally managed, cost effective fire compliant services nationally to a wide range of clients. We are founder members of the BRE / LPCB passive fire protection certification scheme and operate as two divisions; Solutions for 3 rd Party Accredited installations & Compliance providing inspection & other consultancy services.
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The main issues Ensuring: PUBLIC BUILDINGS ARE FIRE SAFE BUILDINGS CAN PROVIDE A SAFE MEANS OF ESCAPE PHASED HORIZONTAL EVACUATION CAN TAKE PLACE MINIMUM RISK TO FIRE & RESCUE SERVICES Protection to: VALUABLE & VITAL EQUIPMENT VITAL ACTIVITIES AN ORGANISATIONS VIABILITY AN ORGANISATIONS STANDING & REPUTATION AN INDIVIDUALS STANDING, REPUTATION & LIVELIHOOD
Progressive Horizontal Evacuation Why it is essential
Hospital Fire Blaze closes Chesterfield Royal Hospital A&E ward for foreseeable future Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service battled for three hours to contain the blaze which spread to the first floor and broke through the roof. June 2011
Two Important Questions Why are new buildings not always fire compliant? Why are fire compartments not always adequately maintained?
Less Resilience To Fire It would not be unreasonable to assume that during the past decade, our commercial building stock has become less resilient to fire – and this goes some way to explaining the steep increase in fire losses. Roy Watkinson Technical & Commercial Insurance Director, AXA Insurance Source: FRM Journal, March 2011
Building Regulations Requirements If a fire separating element is to be effective, every joint and imperfection of fit, or opening to allow services to pass through the element, should be adequately protected by sealing or firestopping so that the fire resistance of the element is not impaired Every compartment wall and compartment floor should form a complete barrier to fire between the compartments they separate and have the appropriate fire resistance..... there should be continuity at the junctions of the fire-resisting elements enclosing a compartment and any openings from one compartment to another should not present a weakness Building Regulations Approved Document B; B3 section 10
Traditional Build Approved Document B was developed for easy and forgiving masonry construction..
Modern Build.. with modern methods of construction the room for error is small if not microscopic. Dr Jim Glockling, Technical Director, Fire Protection Association
Typical Process A LOT OF INVOLVEMENT CLIENT FIRE ENGINEER – FIRE STRATEGY PLANNING / BUILDING CONTROL (FIRE & RESCUE?) PROJECT CONSULTANT (PROJECT TEAM?) PROCUREMENT MANAGER CDM CO-ORDINATOR MAIN CONTRACTOR ARCHITECT / SPECIFIER VARIOUS SUB-CONTRACTORS PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS? CLERK OF WORKS? BUILDING CONTROL CLIENTS FIRE SAFETY ADVISOR? CLIENTS RISK ASSESSOR ESTATES / FACILITIES MANAGER / FM COMPANY WHO HAS TAKEN RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE BUILDINGS STRUCTURAL FIRE COMPLIANCE? WHO HAS SPECIFIED THE LEVEL OF FIRE SEPARATION REQUIRED, & HOW MIGHT THIS BE ACHIEVED? WAS EVERYTHING PROCURED WITH THE FOCUS ON LOWEST INSTALLED PRICE OR WAS SOME THOUGHT GIVEN TO MAINTAIN COMPLIANCE & VALUE?
An Alternative Process Client Fire Engineer / Strategy 3rd party installer with LPCB Certification Fire Compliance Co-ordinator? Risk Assessor?
The Latham Report Constructing the Team – a joint government and construction industry review of procurement and contractual arrangements in the UK Construction Industry 1994 … identified systemic failings and condemned existing industry practices as ineffective, bureaucratic, wasteful, adversarial, fragmented and incapable of delivering compliant buildings for customers Recommended partnering and a change of culture which would value openness, co-operation, trust, honesty, commitment and mutual understanding among team members
Hard Times The news in the Chancellors Autumn Statement that the austerity programme will extend into 2018 brings into sharp relief concerns voiced at the recent Summit Fire Risk Management Magazine Dec 2012
No matter how small the project or works, it is a general principle of the Building Regulations that a person carrying out building works must not make the performance of the building any worse than it was before the works was carried out. The Coroner, Lakanal House Fire Inquest You are all responsible
Passive Fire Protection... designed & specified requires: Correct products Correct installation 3 rd Party accreditation Compartmentation management To last the lifetime of a building Fully Compliant
The BRE Approval process involves a whole series of rigorous checks which are on-going & it is because of this assessment process that the LPCB Approval Mark is recognised worldwide as a badge of quality for Passive Fire Protection Installation. 3 rd Party Accreditation
"It was a high-risk building which should have been prioritised in any risk assessment programme. "Fire risk assessments are still of variable quality... a complex building needs a fire risk assessor with comprehensive training and experience to do credible assessments. Quotes from Lakanal House Fire Inquest Do your Fire Risk Assessments...
Fire Door Inspection Scheme Clive Reilly, Compliance Manager at Checkmate Fire Solutions has become the first person to meet the stringent requirements of the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) and become a Certificated Inspector. To achieve his new status Clive initially passed the Diploma in Fire Doors. He then completed the online Transition Module, which provides in-depth information on a range of topics. Says Clive: Fire doors are an increasingly important part of our business and theres a distinct lack of knowledge and expertise out there. I anticipate that building owners and other responsible people will increasingly demand that recognised qualifications are a pre- requisite for commissioning people to help them with their RRO responsibilities and that the FDIS Certificated Inspector will become the de facto standard in this area.
Staying Within The Law Where necessary in order to safeguard the safety of relevant persons the responsible person must ensure that the premises and any facilities, equipment and devices provided in respect of the premises under this Order….. are subject to a suitable system of maintenance and are maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair. Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
Fires destroy peoples lives Gaps in fire safety and building regulations were uncovered in the criminal investigation. Fire Risk Management Magazine Dec 2012 Arrests over Warwickshire warehouse fire which killed four firefighters. Feb 2011
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