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Video surveillance systems improving safety
Many existing safety systems rely on aging and in some cases legacy technology, such as video surveillance cameras. Many of these also use on-premises systems rather than utilising the benefits of the cloud. However, smart solutions that can help to watch over public places and share data insights with city workers and officials are increasingly enabling cities to improve the safety of residents and visitors. Increased connectivity and collaboration ensures that all teams that need to be aware of a situation are informed instantly.
Body worn cameras and IA can curb retail abuse
Amongst the many negative consequences of the pandemic is a rise in violent and abusive behaviour across society. Health workers and the emergency services regularly experience violence and abuse and so too do shop workers. However, only a tiny handful of abusive incidents ever translate into prosecutions due to a lack of clear evidence and the impasse of one person’s word against the other. Body worn cameras break the deadlock and allow organisations to report incidents to the police with confidence, knowing that they will lead to action.
Owners of low-rise flats freed from wall safety certificate requirement
Ministers have altered post-Grenfell Tower fire safety guidance on cladding to ease property sales, but plans have been criticised as being too vague. Ministers have sought to help people trapped in flats they cannot sell or re-mortgage, by changing advice on fire safety paperwork for lower-rise blocks. Following expert advice, people living in blocks below 18 metres in height will no longer be advised to have an external wall survey, or EWS-1 certificate, before they sell their flats, which has been standard since Grenfell.
New planning requirements on fire safety come into force
Residents will be safer in their homes thanks to new planning requirements that come into force this week as part of biggest changes to building safety regulation in 40 years. The new requirements, known as planning gateway one, will ensure that high-rise developments consider fire safety at the earliest stages of planning. Developments involving high-rise residential buildings must demonstrate they have been designed with fire safety in mind before planning permission is granted including ensuring planned access for fire engines.
Evotech appoints its first female engineering apprentice
Evotech is delighted to welcome Annabelle Eastman to its engineering team. Annabelle is the first female electrical engineering apprentice to be appointed by Evotech, having fought off strong competition to earn her place on the team. Evotech wants its workforce to be a true reflection of society and encourages more women and people from other underrepresented groups to apply for roles across the business so that seasoned engineers can pass on their skills, wisdom and hard earnt experience, to the next generation.
Evotech awarded Cyber Essentials certification for second year
Evotech has been re-awarded the Government’s National Cybersecurity Centre (NCSC) ‘Cyber Essentials’ certification. Cyber Essentials is a cyber security standard introduced by the UK government that aims to provide organisations with pragmatic protection against the most common cyber security threats. Achieving the Cyber Essentials certification demonstrates Evotech’s commitment in maintaining best practice security across the organisation and ensures customers that the company has the necessary cybersecurity controls in place.
Evotech supports bike storage initiative
Evotech has recently supported Crowngate Shopping Centre, in the installation and launch of a free and secure storage lock-up for bicycles, that also includes all the equipment needed for maintenance and repairs.The company’s on-site engineers supported the fit out of the unit, installing ground hoops, dedicated CCTV coverage, power points for charging electric bikes, and a cycle maintenance station. Evotech also sponsored a children’s ‘Bike of the Future’ drawing competition, with a prize of £1,000 towards bikes for all the family.
Increase in fire door wedging during pandemic
RESULTS FROM a survey conducted by fire safety technology manufacturer Geofire find that 53% of fire safety professionals have witnessed an increase in fire doors being wedged open since the start of the pandemic. 84% of the respondents have identified that financial pressure has made businesses less likely to carry out fire safety maintenance and improvements. One Health and Safety advisor said: “Fire will not stop for COVID-19. Employers still have an obligation to keep people and premises fire safe.”
FIA and NFCC issue new Code of Practice
In response to the recommendations outlined in the Phase 1 report of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, the new Code of Practice is intended to support new legislation and guidance proposed by the Government. The Code of Practice for the Provision of Premises Information Boxes in Residential Buildings helps to ensure that those most in need of support are fully considered in the decisions and plans for managing an incident.
Evotech re-awarded trio of safety accreditations
Evotech has been re-awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace. SafeContractor is just one of three health and safety accreditations Evotech holds and renews annually, with Constructionline and CHAS making up the trio.
Government urged to solve cladding crisis
The Labour Party is calling on the Government to “step up and act” over what the Opposition has referenced as a “building safety crisis”. With the four-year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower tragedy now on the horizon, the Shadow Housing Secretary Lucy Powell has stated that Labour wants the Conservatives to put a “hard deadline” of June 2022 in place in a bid to force companies to remove unsafe cladding from high-rise residential buildings.
BSI publishes competence criteria
BSI in its role as the UK National Standards Body, publishes new competence criteria following two rounds of public consultation. The standard supports industry reform and intends to minimize safety risks and improve protection to consumers and occupants, including residents, in and about buildings. Building Safety and Fire Minister Lord Stephen Greenhalgh responded: “We are making the biggest changes to building safety in a generation.
Home Office Consultation on Protect Duty
A consultation by the Home Office on the proposed UK-wide Protect Duty, arising from the Manchester Arena terror attack of May 2017, is running for 18 weeks to July 2. It is proposed that owners and operators of public spaces and venues including organisations with 250 or more staff, will have a legal responsibility to put in place measures to keep the public safe from a terrorist attack.
We're helping businesses re-open safely
As businesses start to re-open after lockdown we are asking business owners to think ahead, be prepared and remain compliant. As heating systems have been reduced to a minimum whilst buildings have been unused, changes in temperature and humidity may have caused faults to creep into the system. Evotech Fire & security is offering businesses, throughout the North of England, a free system health check to ensure fire & security systems are in good working order and remain fit for purpose.
Fire safety obligations remain in place
BAFE stresses that fire safety obligations continue as normal despite the pandemic. Reviewing your fire safety precautions is especially important after a period of inactivity or reduced staff on premises. Buildings opening soon must continue to remain fire safe, in the interest of life safety and property protection.
Latest on Gov' Fire Safety Consultation
Building owners could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the Home Office has announced. These new measures, announced as part of the government’s response to the Fire Safety Consultation, will come into force as part of the legislation in the Building Safety Bill.
New Colour Coding for Class D Extinguishers
BS 5306-10, now supersedes BS 7863:2009 (which is now withdrawn). Guidance published by the FIA (Fire Industry Association) states that the main change is the colour‐code for Class D Powder extinguishers which has changed from Blue to Signal Violet. Colours used for all other extinguishers remain unchanged.
New SP207 Evacuation Alert System
NSI Chief Executive Richard Jenkins explains the benefits of BAFE’s new SP207 Evacuation Alert System Scheme and its implications for ‘Duty Holders’ / ‘Responsible Persons’ of residential high-rise buildings in the Fire & Risk Management Journal.
NSI regulations updated
The National Safety Inspectorate (NSI) has updated its regulations (Issue 10). Updates include reference to the new ‘Evacuation Alert Systems’ BAFE SP207 scheme and the related Regulations Annex 9; removal of references to the Gates scheme which has been withdrawn; and data protection updates relating to the UK’s departure from the EU.
Is fire safety your responsibility?
The Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government), Christopher Pincher, reminds building owners and premises management that fire safety remains their responsibility as outlined in fire safety legislation. He stresses: "Building owners or other responsible entities are responsible for the safety of their buildings…"
New BS 5839-6:2019+A1:2020 standard
This British Standard is Part 6 in a series on fire alarm and detection systems in buildings. BS 5839-6:2019+A1:2020 gives recommendations for systems in both new and existing domestic premises to make them safer to live in. This 2020 amendment addresses an issue regarding research suggesting some children may be unable to hear fire alarm tones whilst sleeping.
See in the dark with latest camera technology
ColorVu by Hikvision combines state of the art technologies to provide accurate colour rendering and excellent performance in low-light environments, enabling you to see accurate colour video and stills guaranteeing richer details, realistic rendering, and an overall better Visual Experience. For more information contact a member of our team 0333 207 4245.
Minimise False Alarms
False alarms can waste time and money. The new Wisenet P AI Cameras allow you to search for specific objects/people quickly and easily, narrowing down searches by identifying attributes such as age group, gender and clothing colour, or a vehicle’s type, colour or licence plate) to reduce false alarms.
Latest innovations easing us back to business
As businesses look for ways to better manage the risk of the spread of viruses, they are turning to innovations that are helping facilitate a return to the workplace. A number of solutions new to market, include, temperature screening, mask detection, density control, and facial recognition terminals. Call 0333 207 4245 to talk with a member of our team.
Audio solutions for the new normal
As businesses begin trading again, industries must be able to demonstrate that they can adhere to the stringent guidelines laid down by government on Coronavirus. The Axis C1410 IP Network speaker with a built-in PIR that detects movement and plays a pre-recorded message when someone enters a building can remind visitors and staff of the latest social distancing advice. Post COVID-19 it can be used to provide background music or play a welcome message to visitors entering a building.
New evacuation alert system for tall buildings
Developed alongside fire industry leaders, EvacGo from Advanced, has been designed to support any evacuation strategy, combining EN54-2 and 4 approved MxPro 5 technology, with easy-to-use manual controls to support safe evacuation of tall residential buildings. EACIE (Evacuation Alert Control & Indicating Equipment) is recommended in England for all tall buildings containing flats at a height of 18 metres or more and is mandatory in Scotland. Now available to order, EvacGo Evacuation Alert System meets all BS 8629 recommendations.