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Nominations open for UK OSPAs

Nominations are now open for the second UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs), which will take place in London on March 1. The UK OSPAs the first of which took place earlier this year recognise and reward companies and individuals across the security industry. The awards are held in eight countries and aim to be both independent and inclusive, by providing an opportunity for chosen nominees and winners, whether buyers or suppliers, to be recognised and their success to be celebrated.

The criteria for the awards are based on extensive research into key factors that contribute to and characterise outstanding performance. Perpetuity Research has contributed to the creation of the criteria. The OSPAs are organised in collaboration with security associations and groups in the countries they take place in, with standardised award categories and criteria. Nominations are open until the November 13 2017. Submissions are invited in several categories. These include: Outstanding In-House Security Team , Outstanding In-House Security Manager , Outstanding Contract Security Company , Outstanding Security Consultant and Outstanding Customer Service Initiative . Entry to the UK OSPAs is free and is open to companies, teams and individuals who have performed at an exceptional level. The nomination process is simple with only two questions to answer. A panel of leading industry figures will select award winners from finalists and the UK OSPAs will be presented at a prestigious awards dinner to be held at the Royal Lancaster, London on March 1 2018.

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Fire industry expert, Tom Brookes, appointed as new FSA chair

Tom Brookes, who is a senior figure in the fire safety industry, has been appointed as the new chair of the Fire & Security Association (FSA). Tom Brookes career history He began his career as a fire engineer in 1992. He then went on to buy Lindum Fire Services in 2002.

Brookes turned Lindum Fire Services into one of Lincolnshire s top fire detection and alarm systems firms. During his 25-year career in the industry Brookes has worked with several industry bodies. They include technical committee member at the British Standards Institute (BSI) and chairman of the British Fire Consortium. Steve Martin, head of the FSA, says: The FSA is pleased to confirm that Tom Brookes has taken over the role of chair from Pat Allen. Pat has done a fantastic job in recent years and we look forward to continued success with Tom at the helm. Moving forwards at the FSA Brookes says: I aim to utilise my 25 years experience in the fire sector to ensure that the industry drives through improvements in the safety of both residential and commercial buildings. The British government recently announced an independent review of the Building Regulations and Fire Safety , following the Grenfell Tower disaster in Kensington, London. The FSA will respond to the review on behalf of the industry, notably in respect to high-rise residential and commercial buildings. Dame Judith Hackitt will lead an independent review into Building Regulations and Fire Safety .

The Review will report jointly to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Home Secretary Amber Rudd. An interim report will be submitted in autumn 2017, followed by a final report in spring 2018. Free Download: A Technical Guide to Fire Detection and Alarm Systems Fire legislation, which is written for the purpose of life safety, requires duty holders in non-domestic premises to assess fire risks and put in place arrangements for the prevention of fire and to protect people from fire when it occurs.

This guide provides an overview of the need to know information for fire detection and alarm systems and your legal requirements, key actions, key terms and more.

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Majority of renters left in dark on basic fire safety measures

New research has shown three months after the Grenfell Tower disaster that the majority of tenants still feel left in the dark when it comes to fire safety. The study of more than 1,000 tenants in August 2017, commissioned by the British Woodworking Federation and released to mark Fire Door Safety Week, showed 55% of tenants do not feel fully prepared on what to do in the event of a fire. It also showed some 40% of renters said there was not a clear fire escape route displayed in their building.

More than a third of tenants (39%) said they had seen fire doors propped open as well. Renters also complained about damage to their building s fire doors 21% and just under a fifth (18%) said they reported a safety infringement or concern to their landlord but a quarter waited weeks for a response. Landlords Research also revealed that 10% of social landlords and 23% of private landlords had been in contact with tenants since the Grenfell disaster to discuss fire safety measures. As a result of the disaster, a quarter of adults surveyed feel more nervous/anxious about living in a rented apartment since the tragedy and the issues it exposed with regard to fire safety. Free toolkit A free toolkit of resources has been put together by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) to provide information and fire safety advice, including a downloadable Responsible Person poster. Further information for fire, health and safety professionals can be found at firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk/advice/ Hannah Mansell, a spokesperson for Fire Door Safety Week, as well as BWF technical manager, chair of the Passive Fire Protection Forum and a trustee of the Children s Burns Trust, said: This new research shows that landlords and building owners still have a long way to go meet their fire safety responsibilities. It is astounding to learn that in the last three months so little has been done to address the concerns of tenants and residents. Many people do not realise that the real job of a fire door is to hold back fire, smoke and toxic gases, delaying the spread around a building and keeping the vital means of escape route clear. They only work properly if they are specified, manufactured, installed and maintained correctly, and of course, closed when a fire breaks out.

This is especially important in high rise buildings, houses of multiple occupancy and other types of shared sleeping accommodation. Checking fire doors should be part of a regular fire risk assessment. This should examine all aspects of fire safety management, including active and passive fire protection measures, signage, means of escape and the specific fire plan procedures. There needs to be crystal clarity about the Responsible Person and a total transformation of attitude towards fire safety of tenants in rented accommodation. Our focus for Fire Door Safety Week in this pivotal year is to ensure all landlords and tenants have the knowledge and resources they need to stay safe. Life-changing role of fire doors Dany Cotton, London Fire Commissioner who oversaw the fire and rescue service s response at Grenfell Tower, said: London Fire Brigade fully supports Fire Door Safety Week. This is an important campaign which drives home the potentially life-saving role that fire doors play in buildings, especially residential buildings such as tower blocks. It is extremely concerning that the lives of the public and our firefighters are still being put at risk by poorly maintained fire doors and people acting irresponsibly by removing self closers or by keeping doors wedged open. Good fire doors help stop fires from spreading.

Fires that spread put more lives at risk and I would urge everyone to check that their fire doors are properly maintained and kept shut. Remember they don t just protect you, but everybody in the building. Paul Fuller CBE, chief fire officer of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and chairman of the Fire Sector Federation, said: It is simple. Proper fire doors save lives, but only if they are correctly made and installed, and certainly not if they are wedged open or in disrepair. Too often our officers walk into a building and see fire doors in an appalling state. We do what we can to advise and enforce the responsibilities of a building owner, but it is time for the Responsible Person to really step up. That s why we are supporting Fire Door Safety Week there can be no excuse, all the resources you need to promote door safety are there on the website and free to download. National campaign Fire Door Safety Week, a national campaign now in its fifth year, is run by the BWF, the BWF-Certifire Scheme and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme, in partnership with the Government s Fire Kills campaign. It aims to raise awareness about the role of fire doors in preventing life changing injuries and the legal responsibilities of managing fire door safety.

Fire Door Safety Week 2017 took place from 25th September 1st October. This article originally appeared on IFSEC Global s sister site in health & safety, SHP Online Free Download: A Technical Guide to Fire Detection and Alarm Systems Fire legislation, which is written for the purpose of life safety, requires duty holders in non-domestic premises to assess fire risks and put in place arrangements for the prevention of fire and to protect people from fire when it occurs. This guide provides an overview of the need to know information for fire detection and alarm systems and your legal requirements, key actions, key terms and more.

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Finalists announced for the Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017

AWARDS Finalists have been announced for the 2017 edition of the Security & Fire Excellence Awards. The winners will once again be revealed at the London Hilton on Park Lane, on 22 November 2017. The event, which is supported by IFSEC and FIREX International, was sold out in the previous three years so you are advised to book your place as soon as possible.

This year s headline sponsor is Hanwha Techwin, the video surveillance specialist whose flagship brand is the WISENET series of CCTV cameras and equipment. Other sponsors include First Response Group, ICTS UK and Ireland, Oprema, Axis Communications and Honeywell. Find out who won in 2016, when the awards were compered by comedian Jimmy Carr. Here are the confirmed finalists for 2017, chosen from a record number of entries: Access Control Product of the Year (including biometrics) Avigilon Corporation with Access Control Manager (ACM) System with ACM Verify Browser DataScope with Fully-integrated online induction and access control system Doordeck by Doordeck FST Biometrics with IMID Access 4.0 Gallagher Security (Europe) with Gallagher Mobile Connect App Gingers Spark with Micro Power Lock Matrix Comsec with Matrix COSEC DOOR FMX Nedap Security Management with AEOS end-to-end security Paxton Access with Net2 Entry Touch Panel PLATFORMBASE Inc. with ICT Compact Digital Locking System RBH Security Group with RBH AX-R Reader Range Vanderbilt ACT365 Cloud-based Access Control and Video Management Solution ACS Champion of the Year Active Response Security Services Axis Security Cadogan King (Security) (Part of The PCS Group) Effective Security Services Exclusec Security Solutions FGH Security ICTS UK & IRELAND SecuriGroup Services SmartSec Solutions Lovely way to start the week Oculi has made it as a finalist in the Security & Fire Excellence Awards @SecurityXAwards pic.twitter.com/BvQwnpNBbl Luminite Electronics (@LuminitePIR) September 25, 2017 Active Fire Innovation of the Year Accessium with Emergency Evacuations Management System Honeywell Security and Fire with VESDA VEA Nobel Fire Systems with Avantis Fire System Control Panel Ontech Security with Wardiam Pro Fire Trust Security with Haddon Hall, Derbyshire Best Contribution to Standards in the Security Sector Linx International Group Sainsbury s, Mitie, PaS and Sussex Police by Mitie Total Security Management CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year Avigilon Corporation with H4 Mini Dome Axis Communications with AXIS Q1659 Network Camera Dahua Technology Mini Thermal Hybrid Bullet Camera FLIR Systems with PT-Series HD Hanwha Techwin Europe with Wisenet X series of 2MP and 5MP H.265 cameras and domes Hikvision with DarkfighterX Honeywell Security and Fire with equIP camera range Panasonic Business with Aero PTZ Cameras Panasonic Business with WV-X6531N Weatherproof dome camera Reveal with D5 Body Camera Wireless CCTV with WCCTV Body Worn Camera (Connect) CCTV System of the Year (Excluding Cameras and Lens) Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company (ADNEC) Security System Project Agent Video Intelligence (Agent Vi) with innoVi Edge Avigilon Corporation with Appearance Search Technology Axis Communications with Axis Camera Station Integrator Suite Digital Barriers with SmartVis Identifier Elmdene International with 4HR-UPS Range Guardia Systems for Beirut City Surveillance Project IDIS with IDIS Smart Failover Pelco by Schneider Electric with VideoXpert Professional SECOM with ROGUES (Repeat Offenders Gallery Under Electronic Surveillance) Sunstone IP Systems with Solar IP CCTV System (SICS) Total Integrated Solutions with West Midlands Combined Authority CCTV system Combined Security & Fire Solution of the Year Accessium with eEscape BT Redcare with Redcare Secure Fire IP Gerda Security Products with ACB Project Lazerbeam Fire & Security with The Westbury Hotel, Mayfair Mitie Total Security Management and Vodafone VSOC Securitas UK Securitas UK with University of Hertfordshire Swift Fire & Security with Caffe Nero Combined Staff Safety & Security Project Communication Product of the Year Carlisle Support Services with Work-IT Concorde Security with IFS CSL with DualCom MiniAir Digital Barriers with SmartVis Identifier Matrix Comsec with SARVAM UCS Milestone Systems with Milestone Husky M550A Panasonic Business UK with IP Video Intercom Qognify with Qognify Extend Situm Indoor Positioning StaySafe Lone Worker Safety Terracom Informatics with MyLoneWorkers PRO Verint with Verint Dispatch Manager STM Account Manager Nigel Moss shortlisted for the Security and Fire Excellence Awards Security Manager of the year category. ‘ ‘ ‘ pic.twitter.com/RZEOvpAkd5 STM Group (@STMGroupLtd) September 22, 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Amberstone Technology with Risk Watch Axis Communications with Removing PVC plastics to boost sustainability with Gatwick Airport Dot Dot Dot Property FGH Security Glevum Security Magenta Security Services Swift Fire & Security CSR programme Vigilance Wilson James Counter-Terrorism Innovation of the Year Frontier Pitts with Terra Gates Gatwick Airport Behavioural Detection Team Stratfor with Threat Lens VSG Customer Care Initiative of the Year BusinessWatch Group Chris Lewis Fire & Security with Getting Serious about Customer Service Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall and Retail Park with Customer Care Exclusec Security Solutions FGH Security with Hospitality at the Core of Our Business ICTS UK & IRELAND ISS Facility Services (Security) in collaboration with ATOS Mitie Total Security Management with Eurostar Mitie Total Security Management with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Mitie Total Security Management with Vodafone VPS Home Security Emergency Response Customer Care Initiative Wilson James with Core Customer Values Great news! We’re so proud to be finalists in 3 categories in this year’s Security & Fire Excellence Awards! @SecurityXAwards pic.twitter.com/JMbc5HqtnK Chris Lewis FS (@ChrisLewisFS) September 25, 2017 Cyber Security Innovation of the Year Axis Communications with Ensuring surveillance camera cybersecurity with Dell and Device Authority Genetec with CHAVE IndigoVision with CyberVigilant Nedap Security Management with AEOS end-to-end security Event Security Team of the Year Croma Vigilant Edinburgh International Conference Centre Security Team Effective Security Services Exclusec Security Solutions FGH Security with Worthy View Security Team Glastonbury G4S with One Love Manchester Concert Team Houses of Parliament with Parliamentary Security Department Jaguar Land Rover with Corporate Security & Business Protection Logic Service Management Boston May Fair Event Security Team SecuriGroup Services with Events Division SGC Security Services Intruder Alarm or Exterior Deterrent Product of the Year Ajax Systems with Smart wireless security system Avigilon Corporation with Presence Detector Axis Communications with AXIS D2050-VE Network Radar Detector Chuango Security Technology with Chuango D11 WiFi & Cellular Smart Home Control Enforcer V10 by Pyronix ERA with HomeGuard GJD with Laser-Watch Luminite Electronics with Luminite OCULi Wireless PIR Camera Ontech Security with Wardiam Perimeter Tyco Security Products / Johnson Controls with Visonic GB-502 PG2 Glass Break Detector Large Security Installer of the Year CBES Kings Security Mitie Total Security Management SecuriPlex Thompson AVC Universal Security Systems VPS and VPS Site Security VSG So pleased to be a finalist at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2017 https://t.co/8HU9j0lcw4 looking forward to the night! pic.twitter.com/BWH6UBbHBm NW Systems Group (@nwsystemsgroup) September 25, 2017 Passive Fire Innovation of the Year Hilti (Gt. Britain) with Hilti CFS-TTS Firestop top track seal LINIAN with LINIAN Fire Clip Parhelion with LDG StripeLight fireman torch Safe Connect with Hot Connection Indicator Security Consultancy of the Year CornerStone GRG CS Risk Management Future Risk Management Linx International Magenta Security Services MIPL QCIC Group Security Management International VIDEF Security Consulting Security Guarding Company of the Year Over 50M Turnover Axis Security ICTS UK & IRELAND Mitie Total Security Management Wilson James Security Guarding Company of the Year Under 50M Turnover Active Response Security Services CIS Security Croma Vigilant Exclusec Security Solutions FGH Security Global Guardians GMS Security Services Kings Security Magenta Security Services Pilgrims Group SecuriGroup Services Vistech Services Security Manager of the Year Andrew Sindall, Senior Security Manager, SGN David Cox, Security Manager King s Cross Estate, Andrews International Jason Hopwood, UK Strategic Account Manager, Santander by Wilson James Kuldeep Kainth, Security Contract Manager, CIS Security Lee Connelly, The King s School, Canterbury by Sunstone IP Systems Mark Burgin, Head of Security & Risk, Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall and Retail Park Martin Falsey, Physical and Electronic Security Manager, Yorkshire Water Matthew Hollick, Security Manager, Axis Security Muhammad Fahim, Eurostar by Mitie Total Security Management Nigel Moss, Account Manager, STM Group (UK) Paul Brady, Contract Manager, Croma Vigilant Shane Bailey MSyI, Network Rail (High Speed) So proud! TWICE: Qognify is a Finalist for Two Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017 https://t.co/jPtiHZpNqH Hagar Lev (@hagarlev) September 26, 2017 Security Partnering Initiative of the Year Andrews International with Kings Cross Belfast City Centre Management with Retail Crimewatch CBES/Edesix in partnership with Asda with Body Worn Video System Chroma Vision with Westfield London CornerStone GRG with Google FGH Security with Long Term Brand Contribution iNCENTIVE fm with Bluewater Jaguar Land Rover Corporate Security with GMS Security Services SafetyNet Security Group with Leamington Student Street Marshal Scheme Wilson James with Santander Wilson James with Tate Galleries Security Project or Installation of the Year 2020 Vision Systems with the Yorkshire Seabird Centre, RSPB Bempton Cliffs Axis Communications video monitoring system at Chester Zoo installed by NW Systems Carlisle Support Services with Work-IT for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust CBRE Global Workplace Solutions and the Post Office with Modernising the Post Office (Security Systems) G4S with East Midlands Airport Refurbishment Project Meesons Speed Gate Installation at 55 Colmore Row, Birmingham Panasonic Business with Rethinking CCTV in Regensburg Case Study Qognify with Gatwick Airport Integrated Security SECOM with Co-op iCCTV Sunstone IP Systems with Solar IP CCTV System (SICS) Swift Fire & Security Domestic sprinkler Installation at Nottingham City Homes Springhead and Holwood Court Syntinex with Tinsley House, Gatwick Universal Security Systems with the GHERKIN Security Training Initiative of the Year Active Response Security Services with Security Awareness Programme Banham Academy with Traineeship and Apprenticeship Programme Chris Lewis Fire and Security with Core Values Training CIS Security Academy Development Journey Croma Vigilant with Critical Incident Management Training Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall and Retail Park with Continuous Improvement Houses of Parliament with Conflict Resolution Training ICTS UK & IRELAND with Charter Management Institute programme (CMI) Layer 8 with Layer 8 Toolkit Milestone Systems Learning & Performance Program Pilgrims Group with Lifesafe Training Programme Swift Fire & Security Culture of Compliance Small to Medium Security Installer of the Year 2020 Vision Systems Chris Lewis Fire & Security CSS Systems Lazerbeam Fire & Security Meesons A.I.

Security Engineering Sunstone IP Systems Taylor Technology Systems Tyneside Security The Inspiration in HR Award Axis Group & The Axis Academy CIS Security Securitas Ward Security Wilson James We are over the moon to announce that we are shortlisted for TWO entries in the Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017! @SecurityXAwards pic.twitter.com/9eAmnKC8cm Lazerbeam F&S (@LazerbeamF_S) September 26, 2017 Related Topics Young professionals: Share your fire-safety ideas and jumpstart your career (and maybe win a prize) Benchmark Innovation Awards 2017: winners revealed Mike Tennent of Tavcom Training wins posthumous industry contribution award all winners revealed

Online training tool launched for fire-door inspectors

Fire door safety week A free online tool that provides Europe s first competency framework for fire door inspectors has been launched by the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS). Developed in time for Fire Door Safety Week (25 September-1 October 2017), it also features an introduction to the FDIS Diploma in Fire Doors. The service, which is relevant to anyone responsible for specifying, selling, installing or maintaining any aspect of fire doors, is a more comprehensive follow-up to a half-day bite size training course launched by FDIS earlier this year.

FDIS, Europe s first fire door inspection scheme, says it developed the courses to meet growing demand for training in the legal and practical dimensions of fire door inspection. The lack of basic knowledge about fire doors is a real challenge to all parts of the industry, and we felt this was something simple that we could do to help, said Kevin Hulin, FDIS manager. There are now 30 inspectors operating throughout the UK accredited through the FDIS process and we have had more than 1,100 people sign up to study the diploma. This new course is an introduction to the diploma, tailored for the generalist who needs to know the basics and also needs to be able to recognise when to bring in an expert. I hope it will also encourage them to continue their studies further, and support the challenge laid down by the Fire Door Safety Week team to make our building stock that bit safer. You can get a free seven-day trial of the tool here. Fire professionals can also earn a diploma in Fire Doors via FDIS online learning centre and become certificated fire door inspectors through independent assessments by Exova Warringtonfire. Launched in 2012 FDIS was a joint venture between the BWF-Certifire Scheme and Guild of Architectural Ironmongers. IFSEC Global is proud to support Fire Door Safety Week, which runs from 25 September to 1 October.

You can pledge your support for the campaign here, and by tweeting under the hashtag #FireDoorSafetyWeek and sharing or using the wealth of resources found in the campaign s toolkit.

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Equifax will be first of many victims of Apache Struts vulnerability, says cyber specialist

PATCHING PROBLEMS Equifax is probably just the first known victim of a software vulnerability that could take years to remedy, a top cyber expert has warned. Credit monitoring company Equifax recently revealed that hackers gained access to names, social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and driver s license numbers of 143 million Americans between mid-May and July of this year. Credit card numbers for about 209,000 US consumers were also accessed.

Traced to a vulnerability in a web app framework called Apache Struts CVE-2017-5638, the Equifax breach is the biggest-ever theft of social security numbers, eclipsing the 2015 hack at health insurer Anthem Inc that exposed the personal data of 80 million people. While it isn t the biggest data breach in history Yahoo claims that mantle it could be the most damaging, because the data stolen is routinely used to verify people s identity by banks and other institutions. A patch for Apache Struts, a commonly used open source component used by companies to absorb and process data, was apparently available at the time of the breach. We should expect a long tail of incidents and breaches in the months and potentially years to come. Jeff Luszcz, vice president, product management, Flexera Unpatched systems According to Flexera Vulnerability Review 2017, patches were available at the time of disclosure for 81% of the vulnerabilities in 2016. The WannaCry attacks in May also exploited unpatched systems, which hackers can do faster than organisations can patch them up. Equifax is probably just the first known victim, said Jeff Luszcz, vice president of product management at Flexera, which provides tracking for open source components, vulnerability intelligence and tools to simplify remediation. Once a case like this hits the news, it ignites the fire in the cybercrime community and hackers start poking around for new opportunities. We should expect a long tail of incidents and breaches in the months and potentially years to come, as we still see attacks targeting Heartbleed, a vulnerability more than three years old.

Offering tips on how organisations can protect themselves, Kasper Lindgaard, senior director of secunia research at Flexera, said: Patching this type of vulnerability is certainly not as simple as patching a desktop application. When it comes to vulnerabilities affecting the software supply chain, it s important to align software design and engineering, operational and security requirements. This isn t an easy task. However, the time frames of initial disclosure of the vulnerability and its patch on March 7 up to two months before the first reported unauthorised access at Equifax, and the further delay of the actual detection of the breach on July 29 currently indicates that the vulnerability was not handled with the priority that it should have. This is a common issue across industries that business leaders need to address rather sooner than later. Free Download: the CyberSecurity Crashcourse Are you even aware if you have been the victim of a cybersecurity breach? This report will help you to find out and protect yourself, Eric Hansleman from 451 Research presents a rapid-fire overview of cybersecurity , because a firewall just won t do, you need multi-layered defences to truly protect your data.

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Grenfell inquiry begins: The numbers that lay bare the funding crisis hampering high-rise improvements

The government has ordered councils to review and upgrade fire safety in social housing across England and Wales. After decades of neglect, however, the bill for remedying myriad shortcomings is astronomical and many councils are nearly technically insolvent. The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire opens today.

It s the start of a very long process, with the interim report due to be published in Easter. The inquiry s remit encompasses the cause and spread of the fire, high-rise regulations, and the actions of the local authority, Kensington and Chelsea Council. Residents and victims will watch retired judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick give a 45-minute statement. The fire, which killed at least 80 people in June, has pushed the fire safety debate beyond the fire-safety sector and into the national media. Long frustrated with being stonewalled by government, suddenly leading figures in the industry were thrust in front of TV cameras. The debate focused on cladding initially but has widened to almost every aspect of fire safety. So horrendous was the Grenfell tragedy that people are finally taking fire safety seriously in a way that never happened after Lakanal. That central and local government are finally taking the issue seriously is no cause to celebrate it shouldn t have taken such loss of life to jolt people into action. And where there s a will there isn t always a way where money is involved as our infographic below shows.

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Bull Products to give Fire 360 customers detailed risk report

Construction industry Users of the Fire 360 service from Bull Products will now receive a detailed risk report that explores potential risks and hazards ahead of work on construction sites. Launched at the tail end of 2016, fire 360 is a 12-step plan designed to equip companies with an comprehensive fire strategy. The report considers the risks associated with a construction site s location, whether it s a listed building, number of storeys, and the level of overnight security.

Based on data gathered by the Fire Protection Association s Business and Property Protection Portal, the 20-page report assesses the risk of fires and floods, as well as the average costs to businesses if those risks are realised. The report also covers average response time for emergency services to arrive on site and prevalence of robberies and incidents entailing criminal damage within that particular postcode. Product guidelines are included to help businesses ensure they have the correct equipment on site. Before work is carried out on any construction site, there are a number of potential risks which can affect the health and safety of workers, and the general public, said Bradley Markham, director at Bull Products. Our risk report system will ensure companies have the right fire protection equipment in place so that they are prepared for any given situation during the construction phase.

We re delighted to have developed our Fire 360 service, which includes the risk reporting to ensure our customers have everything they need to protect their site and ensure safety remains a top priority.

Faulty white goods will lead to fatalities unless government acts on LFB recommendations, letter signed by London Mayor warns

Fire safety news Faulty white goods will cause more fire-related deaths unless ministers act on recommendations made by the London Fire Brigade (LFB), according to a letter signed by the London Mayor and several safety organisations. Sent to Theresa May, the letter raises concerns about the flammable plastic backing that is still often attached to many fridges and freezers when sold to consumers. Product recalls are also ineffective, it says, because many people continue to use them.

The letter also refers to a tower block fire traced to a faulty Indesit dryer that took place a year ago in west London. The incident, which resulted in no injuries but took 120 firefighters to extinguish, prompted the LFB to issue a series of safety recommendations. A year later and none of the recommendations have been acted on, the letter says. The government is due to respond to the recommendations later this year. Very little protection The letter says: A year on, people across the UK are still using white goods that pose a serious fire risk and are subject to recall or corrective action. Worse still, some fridges and freezers are still being produced with a flammable plastic backing, which offers very little protection against the insulation foam inside catching alight if a fire starts. In March 2016, we reported that faulty tumble dryers that were deemed a fire risk could be in use for another nine months after Whirlpool said some repairs might have to wait until January 2017. Whirpool risked further anger by advising consumers that they could continue to use the machines so long as they cleaned the lint filter after every cycle and didn t leave dryers unattended during operation. Three UK fires a day involve tumble dryers 2,170 since 2010 and the Grenfell Tower blaze was traced to a faulty fridge.

LFB has urged the government to create a single register of product recalls and publish it on its website. It also wants risk assessments including sleeping risk published when a fault is identified. The letter was signed by London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the Fire Brigades Union, the National Fire Chiefs Council and the charity Electrical Safety First. A father died having saved his children from a fire caused by a faulty fridge-freezer made by Beko in November 2010. Santosh Benjamin-Muthiah was overcome by smoke at his home in Wealdstone, north London after helping his two daughters aged three and three months escape through a window. However, the recommendations to improve product recalls made by the coroner at the inquest have resulted in no substantial changes , according to the fire service. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: The terrible tragedy at Grenfell Tower in June is a stark reminder of just how devastating a fire caused by faulty white goods can be.

However, Consumer Minister Margot James said the government already has a robust system to inform people of faulty goods.

Our one-stop shop Product Recall website makes it clear to the public which white goods are safe to use at home and we are considering the framework for a national body to support consumers on product safety, she added.

Dates announced for tall building fire safety events

FIRE EVENT The recent fires in Grenfell Tower (London) and The Torch (Dubai) have highlighted the need for improvements in tall building design, construction, management and firefighting. The Tall Building Fire Safety Network, which offers regular courses and conferences on tall building fire safety management in locations around the world, has announced a full schedule of events for 2017/18. The 5th International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference will take place between 19 21 June 2018 at Excel London alongside the FIREX International exhibition.

Day one will consider design and fire engineering in tall buildings, including fire testing of cladding systems; day two, management and insurance of fire risk in tall buildings, including construction and refurbishment; while the last day will consider firefighting in tall buildings. This will be followed on 22 June by a Tall Building Firefighting Summit . The objective of this Summit is to bring together fire chiefs and firefighters from around the world to discuss and challenge the current state of the art with regard to tall building firefighting. The event will be free to serving firefighters and seek to develop the next generation of firefighting procedures for tall buildings. Meanwhile, the next Institution of Fire Engineers Recognised Tall Building Fire Safety Management Course will take place at The Shard, London, UK between 11-15 Dec 2017. Other dates in the UK: 15-19 January 2018, Birmingham 19-23 February 2018, London 19-23 March 2018, Manchester 21-25 May 2018, London And in Australia: 9-13 October 2017, Perth 16-20 October 2017, Melbourne 23-27 October 2017, Sydney The Tall Building Fire Safety Management Training Course is packed with useful tools and techniques for those tasked with management. Training will address the issues raised by the Grenfell Tower fire. Instructors on the course are experts in their field and come with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Delivered over five days in existing Tall Buildings, the course covers a wide syllabus of relevant topics and case studies including: Prevention, including; case studies, fire risk assessment, management systems Detection and Alarm, cause and effect, maintenance, degraded systems, false alarms Escape, evacuation strategies, lifts, disabled escape, wayfinding, car parks Containment, passive barriers, steel protection, sprinklers, construction work Firefighting, fire statistics, fire growth, firefighting techniques, wind driven fires The course is ideal for anyone who has a responsibility for managing fire safety in a tall building, including high rise residential, hotels, business and office blocks and mixed use.

For further information on the courses or to book, please email Russ Timpson: [email protected]