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by witsd
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Minor Gas Leaks in Very large Buildings
Replies: 2
Views: 261

Re: Minor Gas Leaks in Very large Buildings

I've no experience with this whatsoever, but I have a couple of thoughts: How are you going to quantify 'minor'? It seems unlikely that you will be able to actually monitor how much is leaking, so unless you have immediate access to some kind of measuring device, you surely have to err on the side o...
by witsd
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Fire
Topic: Flats above shops
Replies: 4
Views: 391

Re: Flats above shops

Just on the off-chance that this one slipped by:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- ... t-50372285

Seeing as it's a 5 minute walk from where I used to live, it's pretty central in my mind at the moment.
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by witsd
Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sprinkler systems / electrics
Replies: 4
Views: 744

Re: Sprinkler systems / electrics

There's a line in an old episode of Star Trek TNG, where someone complains about an automatic fire suppression force field extinguishing their illicit campfire, asking what would have happened if they had been standing where the force field appeared. It is quickly pointed out that that would necessi...
by witsd
Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lightning protection systems on existing buildings
Replies: 2
Views: 282

Re: Lightning protection systems on existing buildings

This site has a little calculator that might not be perfect, but would at least help you to be consistent. https://electrical-engineering-portal.com/download-center/electrical-software/lightning-protection-risk-assessment-calculator And yes, on a few occasions, I've put a recommendation to complete ...
by witsd
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Safe? Not so safe?
Replies: 10
Views: 1080

Re: Safe? Not so safe?

My concern is whether the grass verge will remain solid enough to prevent the board from slipping, particularly if we have a wet Christmas rather than a snowy one. Edinburgh isn't quite as soggy as my side of the country, but it is Scotland...
by witsd
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: "Fire Marshal" training
Replies: 5
Views: 857

Re: "Fire Marshal" training

I think the problem is that (especially in the current climate) assessors tend toward over-prescriptive actions. Try suggesting that actually you don't need any fire doors at all, because the current doors will last at least 10 minutes and everyone will be out in 3, and watch them start to foam at t...
by witsd
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Training recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 1716

Re: Training recommendations

Hi all, bringing this one back, as I'm currently looking for specific small courses that will help to increase my (and my team's) knowledge with a view to completing FRAs. So far, I've decided that a couple of one-day courses on fire doors and dry riser inspection are probably a good idea, but wonde...
by witsd
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to Stay on Top of a Busy and Stressful Workload
Replies: 3
Views: 496

Re: How to Stay on Top of a Busy and Stressful Workload

Document everything, make it clear that you are working to your full potential (but not beyond that) and then let it start to fail.

Ensure that you are being clear as to why it is failing, and let management manage.

You do no-one any favours by working yourself silly.
by witsd
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Safety Moment
Topic: Glass Blowing Risks & Control Measures
Replies: 2
Views: 1426

Re: Glass Blowing Risks & Control Measures

My rather cynical, knee-jerk reaction is that the more something is considered art, the less heath and safety measures are applied. My more considered response is that I have no idea how often this process goes wrong, so it's difficult to quantify the risk and therefore determine what measures would...
by witsd
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Another fire risk assessor prosecuted
Replies: 10
Views: 1702

Re: Another fire risk assessor prosecuted

It is a real shame that we don't get to see the FRA in question... My rather cynical guess is that it is so poor that seeing it would immediately put our minds at ease regarding our own work, and the powers that be feel that it will have more of an impact on the industry as a whole to keep the faili...
by witsd
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pallet Truck Maintenance / Inspection
Replies: 19
Views: 7376

Re: Pallet Truck Maintenance / Inspection

Where PUWER stops is vague as heck – I remember having an unresolved debate about work-supplied bicycles, and when all was said and done it came down to saying that the spirit of the law suggested that they should, even though the wording was not clear. With pallet trucks I'd see the situation much ...
by witsd
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Fire & Smoke Doors - reasonable & practicable upgrades
Replies: 7
Views: 964

Re: Fire & Smoke Doors - reasonable & practicable upgrades

From an FRA perspective, the only question I ask is "Will this door hold back a fire long enough to allow everyone to evacuate?" In almost all commercial buildings, the answer to that will be yes, even if it's not a fire door. A self closer and a decent fitting door+frame would be required, but more...

 

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