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by witsd
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Fire
Topic: Metal cable ties
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Re: Metal cable ties

Sorry, I should have been a little clearer. This is not actually part of an FRA precisely. Rather, we have taken over for the SFRS, who usually conduct quarterly inspections of MSFs. We've slapped a pretty heavy disclaimer on the front of it pointing out that it is not anything close to exhaustive. ...
by witsd
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Fire
Topic: Metal cable ties
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Re: Metal cable ties

Cheers Berni - so the short answer is that the wiring regs don't specify thicknesses etc.? I've got a number of buildings that are choc-full of cabled pinned in place with tiny metal staples (that can be pulled loose with minimal effort. I'm struggling to believe that these are adequate, but I have ...
by witsd
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Fire
Topic: Fire Doors & Cabin Hooks....
Replies: 12
Views: 947

Re: Fire Doors & Cabin Hooks....

If there's no evidence of these doors being held open when not in use, then there's no issue. It's the same theory as doorstops – if you can guarantee that the doors are not being left held open, there's no reason you can't have them. The obvious issue is that general staff aren't going to remember ...
by witsd
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Fire
Topic: Training course suggestions
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Re: Training course suggestions

I took the Colin Todd course a few months ago, and it was truly excellent. Far more about following the spirit of the law rather than the letter (i.e. noting and emphasising the 'where necessary' in the regulations). The exam is open book and 'take as long as you need', which is far truer to life th...
by witsd
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Fire
Topic: Metal cable ties
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Metal cable ties

Hey folks, just wondering if anyone has a quick idiot-proof description of where the line falls on what are acceptable methods to secure cables within escape routes. Obviously plastic is not allowed due to melting when heated, but are metal staples good enough, or is there a specified minimum width ...
by witsd
Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Fire
Topic: Difficult Fire Drill
Replies: 5
Views: 1043

Re: Difficult Fire Drill

In a busy leisure centre, fire drills are carried out out-of-hours. Does this represent the reality of dealing with getting customers out of the swimming pools, changing rooms, dealing with lost children etc. etc.? Obviously not, but because the risks associated to the public with running a drill ar...
by witsd
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Advice on internal office walls lined with chipboard
Replies: 2
Views: 1978

Re: Advice on internal office walls lined with chipboard

Complete an FRA. As part of this, consider how quickly someone in the office would be alerted to a fire in the access area, what routes are available to them and how quickly they should be able to leave. Based on this, you can determine what is actually necessary. Assuming the storage area contains ...
by witsd
Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Government confirms the biggest changes to building safety in a generation
Replies: 2
Views: 841

Re: Government confirms the biggest changes to building safety in a generation

I know some lovely high rises, that are well looked after, pose minimal additional fire risks and have a great sense of community. As with anything, it's not the size of your construction, it's what you do with it that counts. (Mods, if you think that that crosses the PG13 line, I can only blame loc...
by witsd
Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RPE use against coronavirus?
Replies: 4
Views: 1109

Re: RPE use against coronavirus?

Anyone with children probably knows that you can keep your mouth and nose covered, but when they sneeze directly into your eyes, you are going to catch whatever lurgee they have. If whatever you are wearing doesn't also cover your eyes somewhat, then I don't believe that it's going to make a lit of ...
by witsd
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Fire
Topic: Maintaining Fire Safety Compliance during this COVID Emergency
Replies: 8
Views: 2421

Re: Maintaining Fire Safety Compliance during this COVID Emergency

Would it be possible to have a Skype conversation with some of the remaining staff on each floor, effectively deputising them into a fire warden role? Regarding FRAs, our schedule has been completely thrown out of the window and I'm now helping with the logistics of getting food parcels to hundreds ...
by witsd
Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: FFP2 Masks and Covid-19
Replies: 2
Views: 570

Re: FFP2 Masks and Covid-19

Yes, it's entirely inappropriate. Short of catching someone's sneeze (after which would you really want to keep wearing it??) they aren't going to do much. I would think that skin irritations are going to be your primary H&S issue. They shouldn't affect respiratory conditions if they are decent mask...
by witsd
Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: anyone else despite being the H&S manager - not invidted to be involved in your companies COVID-19 response meetings
Replies: 11
Views: 1508

Re: anyone else despite being the H&S manager - not invidted to be involved in your companies COVID-19 response meetings

Business continuity should always be strongly linked with health and safety, but all to often they go their separate ways. Have you any concerns about the approach they are taking, or is it just that you have been excluded? If just the latter, I'd probably just roll my eyes and let it pass, but if y...

 

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