Fire & Emergency


Opening the door to greater protection with optical alarms

James Hall, Technical Director for FireAngel, explores the potential issues associated with ionisation smoke alarms and why he feels professionals should choose optical or multi-sensing alarms to provide the greatest levels of protection. Read More

Dame Judith Hackitt: ‘Simpler and more robust regulatory framework required’

Almost a year ago, Dame Judith Hackitt was tasked by the Government to conduct an independent review of building regulations and fire safety in high rise buildings in the wake of the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower and the report was published in May this year. Read More

EAPFP calls for improvements in fire installer competence and training

The European Association for Passive Fire Protection (EAPFP) has called for a greater focus on competence and training for passive fire protection installers and is campaigning for mandatory requirements for both products and installers to be regulated through certification and registration schemes. Read More

Everything you need to know about evacuation chairs

With SHP‘s focus on fire safety this month, we thought we’d revisit a previous article which talks about the importance of evacuation chairs, what they are and how they work… Read More

Fire risk assessment sector must undergo cultural change in wake of Hackitt report, says safety expert

Speaking at FIREX 2018, Brian Gregory from Safety Management UK told delegates that “somebody needs to stand up and do something different” following the publication of Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of building regulations and fire safety. Read More

Global standards for fire safety in buildings launched

More than 30 organisations from around the world have united in a single group – The International Fire Safety Standards (IFSS) Coalition – to develop landmark industry standards to globally address fire safety in buildings. Read More

Dame Judith Hackitt to take part in Grenfell webinar, July 16

On Monday July 16, Barbour EHS and The Healthy Work Company will be hosting Dame Judith Hackitt for a webinar on building a safer future and the lessons that can be learned from the Grenfell Tower fire to deliver safer buildings. Read More

All buildings should be publicly rated for fire and life safety, says Australian firefighter

Speaking at FIREX 2018, which ran alongside Safety & Heath Expo, Justin Francis from Queensland Fire Service said a ratings system, similar to those already used for environmental and food standards, could drive up safety standards. Read More

Grenfell: Cladding tests must reflect real life

The Grenfell Tower fire is one of the most significant the UK has seen for years, bringing widespread attention to a number of failures and to a system described by Dame Judith Hackitt as ‘not fit for purpose’. Read More

Pre-Grenfell there was a “genuine belief that fire was under control and there were bigger fish to fry”

The chair of the Fire Sector Federation has said he was disappointed there had still been no review of Approved Document B – the framework setting out building regulations – a year after the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Read More



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