Fire, Health & Safety

  • FDS devises holistic solution for The Place

    By Debbie Eales on November 11, 2014
    Fire Design Solutions (FDS) has completed work on a prestigious commercial project within the Southbank’s new London Bridge Quarter, developed by Sellar in partnership with the State of Qatar. Standing next to The Shard, The Place – now known as the News Building and occupied by News UK – is an innovative headquarters building providing 40,000sq m of premium office […]
  • Airmec wins contract to keep fire fighters safe

    By Debbie Eales on November 11, 2014
    Air and water treatment services company, Airmec, has won a three-year contract to monitor the quality of domestic water at 25 sites for Avon Fire & Rescue. Airmec will also be reviewing risk assessments for each site in line with latest legislation on legionella and pseudomonas control, and other hazards. The new contract coincides with a major investment programme designed […]
  • SPIE Group buys Scotshield Fire and Security

    By Debbie Eales on September 5, 2014
    SPIE, independent European multi-technical services, has acquired Scotshield Fire and Security. The move, which will enable SPIE to develop its expertise in Intelligent Buildings, sees it entering a new market which demonstrates natural affiliations with its existing services portfolio. Established in Scotland, in 1998, Scotshield provides fire detection, security alarms, access control and closed circuit television systems. Its service offering […]
  • ‘Poor staff communication’ a factor in swimming pool safety errors

    By Debbie Eales on August 20, 2014
    Swimming pool owners should include staff communications in their annual reviews of water safety, according to air and water services specialists Airmec. Different working patterns and practices mean that there is often little interface between poolside staff and the facilities managers and engineering teams. This can lead to mistaken assumptions about who does what and can increase the risk of […]
  • Time to take a close look at your fire safety systems

    By BSEE on September 27, 2013
    New legislation introduced this year and the increasing costs of false alarms mean that now is the time to examine fire safety in buildings. Derrick Hall, Head of Fire Products for Siemens Building Technologies outlines the latest products, regulations and standards. There can be little doubt that fire safety in buildings is a top priority for designers, installers, owners and […]
  • Meeting the challenge of legislation by working together

    By BSEE on September 2, 2013
    HEVAC president Mike Nankivell considers the regulations relating to fire and smoke dampers, and considers how the challenges of meeting legislation on their use and maintenance are best met through cooperation between manufacturers, installers and end-users. Fire dampers are one of those pieces of building services equipment that remain hidden from sight, but which must not be forgotten in spite […]
  • Fire Industry Protocol – are you in the loop?

    By BSEE on June 28, 2013
    Three decades ago, the protocol debate in building automation systems (BAS) did not exist. Every element of a BAS, from the sensors to the control devices and wiring, were installed around a single product from a single manufacturer. Building owners were locked into a system and each replacement part had to come from the original equipment manufacturer. Changing the BAS […]
  • Designing out the risk of fire

    By BSEE on April 24, 2013
    The impact of fire to UK businesses is severe, both in terms of damage and insurance, with costs estimated in the billions. In difficult economic times it may be tempting for businesses to cut corners but here, Peter Lackey, Fire Product Marketing Manager for ADT Fire & Security argues that utilising the latest fire prevention technologies is a cost that […]
  • Fire in your ventilation system

    By BSEE on August 1, 2012
    Cutting back on essential fire safety measures, such as fire damper maintenance, could be a big mistake, says Darren Ling from System Hygienics. One-fifth of employers are putting their business and the lives of their employees at risk by cutting back on fire safety in an attempt to save money. A nationwide survey by the Fire Industry Association (FIA) revealed […]
  • A guide to electrical testing

    By BSEE on October 4, 2011
    For those involved in the growing solar panel sector‚ awareness of installation and safety standards is crucial for system performance‚ says Jim Wallace of Seaward Solar. The recent solar microgeneration boom reflects the impact of Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) that came and the associated arrival of free installation schemes that enable the property owner to benefit from solar electricity while the […]