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Fire Door Inspections and Competence.

Post by ssmith65 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:17 pm

Hi All,

Just need a pointer in the right direction.

Is there a standard for fire door inspections? what would deem anyone competent to complete a fairly robust fire door inspection? Currently we are completing these with the use of a building surveyor but wondered if we could get the site supervisor to complete the checklists with a view to only involving the building surveyor if required.

Are there perhaps one day courses that people would recommend someone could attend?

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Re: Fire Door Inspections and Competence.

Post by bernicarey » Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:56 pm

Well, making the assumption that the doors were correctly fitted in the first place, which is not necessarily the case, then there are plenty of checklists available to do periodic checks. This is but a couple of them you can find:

https://www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk/lan ... -checklist

https://www.bwf.org.uk/wp-content/uploa ... _final.pdf

Anyone with a little bit of general knowledge of what is or is not broken, should be able to decide if a basic fire door is OK or needs professional care. It becomes a bit more complex if the door is glazed.

Sometimes there will be a 'fire door' but it has been assembled into an on-site generic frame, so the frame is the problem, not the door.

But a general 'building surveyor' may not necessarily know any more about what constitutes a great fire door than you do.... They might be great at spotting structural defects, knowing what's general settling in cracks and what's an imminent structural wall failure, ...but not know a lot about fire safety requirements.
I'm sure Grenfell Tower had the occasional Building Surveyor inspection.... :(

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