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by witsd
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: "Fire Marshal" training
Replies: 5
Views: 1948

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: 3146

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: 1070

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: 3297

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: 3881

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: 9346

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: 2267

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...
by witsd
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gas and electrical cupboard doors
Replies: 3
Views: 1292

Re: Gas and electrical cupboard doors

The doors should be whatever the FRA says they ought to be. :D Without seeing it firsthand it's hard to comment, but if I'm imagining the situation correctly and it were my FRA, I'd almost certainly be asking for them to be replaced. I'd probably suggesting an FD60S doorset, but be willing to accept...
by witsd
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Training recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 3146

Re: Training recommendations

Okay, thanks, I will definitely look into them!
by witsd
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Training recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 3146

Re: Training recommendations

Paul1979 wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:08 pm
Hi witsd, the FPA course is very good! A 5 day course (this can then lead you to the Diploma). Definitely recommend it.
Is that the Certificate in Fire Risk Assessment course? It states that it is aimed "those who have little or no fire safety knowledge" making is sound a little too basic...?
by witsd
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Another London Cladding Fire????
Replies: 3
Views: 1693

Re: Another London Cladding Fire????

It's this aspect of current Fire Alarm systems that has often worried me. He said fire alarms were going off in the community areas but not in his own flat and he believed the blaze began "on the balconies". What's the point of Alarms going off in stairways and corridors if they can't be heard in F...

 

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