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TRAINING & CPD THE BURNING ISSUE


Phil Barsby, Business Development Director at Intastop Limited, highlights the importance of quality fire door technologies and why working together with industry partners to train and share each other’s wealth of expertise is the only way to protect more people.


Fire doors and the protection that they offer to buildings and users continues to be an area that is vastly under represented, particularly in older buildings.


Forming part of a building’s passive fire protection system fire doors are designed and developed to save lives and protect property. With that in mind it is important for facility managers and maintenance teams to ensure the correct doors are specified and that they are maintained appropriately. This is where training and education is vital to ensure all in the management chain are compliant.


One sector that has made particular strides in the area due to vulnerability of its patients is the NHS and private sector health care providers who have adopted a ‘belt and braces’ approach to installing and upgrading buildings to meet the highest standards and delivering rigorous training plans to support fire safety plans.


At Intastop’s last fire door safety training day, Karen Byard, Maintenance & Fire Safety Manager at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, explained her blueprint for successful implementation of fire door safety and associated policies in challenging circumstances. She said: “With over 10,000 door-sets under the care of our maintenance team it is unquestionably a challenging job, one that requires a team effort to ensure our standards are delivered.


“The key to this is education and we view this as a programme of continuous improvement with all staff, including temporary workers, given mandatory fire door safety training.


“This training highlights why designated fire doors need to remain closed at all times and other key points such as understanding that damage to any door component compromises its integrity. Combined with our Progressive Horizontal Evacuation plans all staff are well versed in fire safety and how our fire doors play a significant part in our fire safety policies.”


“Working with companies such as Intastop shows that there is much work being done to support the public and private sector and that with continued drive, enthusiasm and partnership working greater things will be achieved.”


Intastop works in partnership with others to ensure its fully tested and certified products form part of a complete door set that is also fully tested and certified. Products such as vision panels, hinges, anti-ligature hinges, protective products and door stops can be integrated to ensure each element is compliant and that doors don’t lose their integrity through normal everyday use.


Frank Gallagher of Director Doorset Technology, who works closely with Intastop, reinforced the education


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