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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.