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FIRE FEATURE


however, might be only being pushed to provide a solution for a particular area.


“Obviously the ideal scenario is a new- build where you are providing a complete solution for the site, but in practice that rarely happens. Some sites will have nothing in terms of fire protection systems, but others will, and then require our solutions to interface with theirs if possible.


“On top of that, of course, lot of operators can’t afford to shut down for long periods of time for a system to be installed. It’s a large expenditure for them and they will usually need to keep the cash coming in to fund the investment they’re making in their fire system.


“Obviously, we place a lot of emphasis on the safety of our personnel; making sure that we can negotiate the site and the customers’ operations while working safely is something that requires a lot of consideration.”


The order of the day In October 2006, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into force, placing the responsibility on individuals within a company to carry out risk assessments to manage and reduce the risk of fire. It now covers the basis of much of English and Welsh fire safety legislation.


“The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 covers the general fire safety in England and Wales,” said Ed. “This will drive many other requirements to ensure products being placed on the market meet a certain level of quality and are marked accordingly.


“There are also thousands of standards, covering all sorts of issues from how the cylinders used in fire protection are made through to the way the detection system is installed. These standards can be seen as BS, CEN or ISO."


Those worried that this legislation will all need to be redrawn when Brexit takes effect will be reassured to hear this is unlikely to be the case. "The BSI, which convenes the British Standards,


Housekeeping and planned preventative maintenance seem to be the two biggest issues we see causing risk and damage."


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is a key part of the European standards organisations CEN and CENELEC and have advised that they will remain a full member of CEN and CENELEC post Brexit and continue to influence the content of standard across Europe," said Ed.


"It is worth noting that CEN and CENELEC are not agencies of the EU and their membership is much broader than the EU."


Taking control Whether it’s performing a site risk assessment or running through system options, it is always worth getting some assistance from the professionals. But what are the most important things business owners can do to minimise the risk of fire within their workplace?


“My number one priority for all operators is housekeeping,” declared Russell. “Housekeeping and planned preventative maintenance seem to be the two biggest issues we see causing risk and damage.


“A lot of operators are running 24/7 under a lot of pressure, and then housekeeping and PPM are the sorts of things that get thrown aside and ultimately that can be very damaging to the business.


“It is also hugely important to make sure staff and operators all understand what the system is and how it works. Unfortunately when fire breaks out, people react in very strange ways, and they do tend to panic, but if you’re well drilled and well trained, you react calmer, you know what to do, where your station is and you can get that fire under control quicker and hopefully end up with a much better outcome.”

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