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by witsd
Wed Apr 21, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Advice on external stairway being removed...
Replies: 5
Views: 263

Re: Advice on external stairway being removed...

I was assuming that all the flats have access to the internal stairway, but the external one was an 'extra' for 9 of them?

If so, I think I agree with the FRA, but I know basically naff-all about Building Control, so can't really help. :(
by witsd
Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Interview Tips
Replies: 4
Views: 371

Re: Interview Tips

Not quite what you are asking, but: Properly research the company. If they are housing-related, see if you can find any interesting new acquisitions or renovations that have health and safety ramifications and ask them what steps they've taken to address the ones that seem the most complicated. This...
by witsd
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What would you consider to be a major incident?
Replies: 11
Views: 1072

Re: What would you consider to be a major incident?

I used to work for one of the companies that supplied refrigeration to M&S (and other supermarkets). Refrigeration companies worst nightmare to hear a whole store has gone down. Queue a race against time to get contractors and engineers to site! During one situation where an engineer had visite...
by witsd
Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What would you consider to be a major incident?
Replies: 11
Views: 1072

Re: What would you consider to be a major incident?

That was all from when I was doing H&S in a branch of Marks and Spencer. The deaths and stroke were all customers, and all were fairly old. Thankfully the worst that ever happened to a member of staff were non-life-threatening head injuries and similar. With the deaths, the ambulance staff were ...
by witsd
Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What would you consider to be a major incident?
Replies: 11
Views: 1072

Re: What would you consider to be a major incident?

Just to point out that Stephen's experiences aren't that strange, I could add: Two fires + dozens of false alarm evacuations. Two deaths due to heart failure, one stroke, one anaphylactic shock. Two accidental sprinkler activations. One flood by damaged external water main. One child suspected of pr...
by witsd
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Metal-Free Facility Evacuation Planning
Replies: 5
Views: 340

Re: Metal-Free Facility Evacuation Planning

The only potential 'fix' I can see is to have the keys in an accessible location, so can they be stored securely at a low-risk site disconnected from the main building? If that's not possible, then you are looking at managing a rubbish situation. Options to look into would be whether there are any n...
by witsd
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Fire
Topic: Sprinkler Spill Kit (for damage limitation)
Replies: 2
Views: 303

Re: Sprinkler Spill Kit (for damage limitation)

Not something I've ever thought of, so you are going to get a 'stream of consciousness' reply... There are those pipe-freezing kits that plumbers will sometimes use in an emergency. No doubt pressurised gas on a movable emergency cart would come with its own issues, and I've a suspicion that once th...
by witsd
Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: Fire
Topic: Government Response to Fire Consultation
Replies: 5
Views: 828

Re: Government Response to Fire Consultation

I was reading those as separate:

Check all flat doors 3-monthly

and

Upgrade any flat doors to currant standards if you have dodgy cladding.
by witsd
Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Fire Alarm and calling 999
Replies: 12
Views: 1249

Re: Fire Alarm and calling 999

So...if fire alarm is triggered on one of the unoccupied floors, and there is no sign of smoke/fire, would it typically be expected (if they are on site) for the receptionist / security to go and investigate?? It depends. Personally, I've always operated an 'if it is safe to do so' approach. If the...
by witsd
Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Government Response to Fire Consultation
Replies: 5
Views: 828

Re: Government Response to Fire Consultation

So every single one of our flat doors to be checked every 3 months? 90 000 checks. Every three months. 100 per day. Half of which will be 'No access'. Okay then. And I've read the bolded section three times, and I'm still not quite sure what they mean. Are they really just saying 'to be competent yo...
by witsd
Mon Mar 22, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: Fire
Topic: Fire Alarm and calling 999
Replies: 12
Views: 1249

Re: Fire Alarm and calling 999

So your scenario is already covered. Tenant sees fire, raises alarm, leaves building, calls FRS. Or Alarm is activated, tenant leaves building, calls FRS. Either way, ARC contacts keyholder who hops into car and is on site shortly after FRS to liaise if necessary and reset alarms / raise repairs / w...
by witsd
Mon Mar 22, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fire marshals post COVID return to office
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Re: Fire marshals post COVID return to office

With first aiders, you may be able to get away with having more people trained to a lesser degree - perhaps having taken the 1 day course. Ultimately you'll need to do a risk assessment to determine what level of coverage your premises require. With the fire marshalls, you could simply increase the ...

 

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