Fire door safety campaigners “step up first line of defence”

Through Fire Door Safety Week (FDSW), fire door safety campaigners are working to ensure public and private sector landlords and building owners stop risking the lives of tenants and ensure fire doors are correctly inspected, specified, fitted and maintained.

Fire doors are the first line of defence against devastating fires and, when properly built, installed and maintained, they save lives and protect property. Despite this, fire doors across the UK are still often badly fitted, non-compliant, left propped open or damaged and, as a result, could be putting millions of lives at stake.

The team behind FDSW 2018 (which runs from 24-30 September) is gearing up for its campaign that will continue to educate about the critical role that fire doors play in delaying the spread of smoke and fire and keeping occupants and firefighters safe.

The FDSW campaign – entitled: ‘Fire Door Five: Shutting the Door on Fire and Smoke’ – aims to draw attention to the importance of properly-fitted and accredited fire doors as well as raising awareness of the dangers of smoke inhalation and the role that correctly installed fire doors can play in preventing the spread of both fire and smoke.

Part of the activity will see campaigners explore the need to establish a Building Safety Fund to help pay for vital and potentially life-saving fire safety improvements in Local Authority and Housing Association accommodation.

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Informed decisions

Hannah Mansell, spokesperson for FDSW as well as being the British Woodworking Federation’s (BWF) head of technical research and insight, chair of the Passive Fire Protection Forum and a trustee of the Children’s Burns Trust, said: “Through Fire Door Safety Week, we will once more renew our efforts to ensure that residents, landlords and building owners across the UK are armed with the information they need to make informed decisions that will improve safety.”

Mansell continued: “There’s no doubt that, when fully-fitted with their correct and compatible components, properly installed and maintained, fire doors play a crucial role in saving lives in the event of a fire. The legacy of neglect means that more lives could be lost as a result of sub-standard fire protection measures. We know that the necessary corrective actions will cost money and that’s precisely why we are asking the Government set up a Building Safety Fund for Housing Associations and Local Authorities such that they can carry out replacement and repair works. Finance should not be used as an excuse. The stakes are too high.”

Mansell went on to state: “Tenants and the general public will, as always, play a key part and make sure their voices are heard by reporting fire doors that are propped open, damaged or in poor condition, rather than waiting for landlords or building owners to inspect fire doors. Indeed, as part of Fire Door Safety Week, we have created a Five-Step Fire Door Check to help people check their fire doors and empower them to report faults.”

Massive learning curve

Over the last year, there has been significant discussion about the responsibility of landlords, councils and Housing Associations to ensure the safety of their tenants, but according to Mansell there’s still a massive learning curve in terms of awareness about how fire doors that are correctly specified, installed, maintained and of course closed can limit the effect of fire and smoke, and what to do in the event of a fire.

“Due to this uncertainty, our focus for Fire Door Safety Week in 2018 is ‘shutting the door on fire and smoke’. We want to educate everyone on how effective fire doors can be in stopping the spread of fire and smoke.”

A national campaign, FDSW is run by the BWF, the BWF-Certifire Scheme and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme in partnership with the Home Office’s own National Fire Safety Campaign. Throughout the week, there will be numerous events and campaign activities designed to raise awareness about the importance of fire door safety.

*To access a free toolkit of fire safety advice resources to help run your own FDSW activities visit www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk

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Chubb businesses honoured with duo of RoSPA Gold Awards for Occupational Health and Safety

Chubb Systems Ltd has received a Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for the sixth consecutive year, while Chubb Fire & Security Limited has won the Gold Award for the third time following its first such accolade in 2016.

RoSPA Gold Award winners are recognised for achieving a high level of performance while demonstrating well-developed occupational Health and Safety management systems and cultures, outstanding control of risk and low levels of error, harm and loss.

In addition to its award, Chubb Systems Ltd received a gold medal in recognition of achieving the top Gold Award for six consecutive years.

Nichola Maher, EH&S manager at Chubb Systems Ltd, explained to Risk Xtra that the award and medal are testament to a sustained commitment to the environment in addition to Health and Safety. “We continually assess all areas of behaviour and culture to ensure that the environment and Health and Safety are at the forefront of everything we do. The RoSPA awards are an important opportunity for us to celebrate the business’ achievements in ensuring that employees are working to Best Practice safety standards.”

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Left to Right: Mark Redding (head of EH&S at Chubb Fire & Security Limited), Ronnie Wineberg (service engineer for Chubb Systems Ltd), Nichola Maher (EH&S manager for Chubb Systems Ltd) and Paul Cosentino (EH&S manager at Chubb Fire & Security Limited)

This year, Chubb Systems Ltd’s trophy from RoSPA was accepted by service engineer Ronnie Wineberg who won the business’ own annual Recognition Award for going above and beyond the call of duty in support of Chubb’s Health and Safety practices.

“Having robust Health and Safety practices at work is essential,” said Wineberg. “As employees, by demonstrating our commitment to these practices, we’re all helping to ensure that we can go home safely at the end of a shift. I was proud to collect the award in recognition of Chubb’s Health and Safety practices and my own commitment to them.”

Mark Redding, head of environmental Health and Safety at Chubb Fire & Security Limited, added: “RoSPA is extremely important to the entire business. The awards demonstrate to outside bodies and customers alike Chubb’s overriding commitment to safe working practices. It’s an award the whole business should take ownership of and feel proud in achieving.”

By attaining a RoSPA Award, an organisation is proving its commitment to maintaining a well-balanced approach towards Health and Ssafety management, as well as demonstrating superior practices in areas like leadership and workplace contribution.

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Seven million-plus viewers watch counter-terrorism safety video as UK policing increases global CT presence

Counter-Terrorism Policing (CT Policing) has significantly increased its international presence in the last two years, with many more staff currently deployed overseas working with local authorities to help protect British citizens from the global terror threat.

As UK schools break up for the summer holidays and the travel industry prepares for one of the busiest periods of the year, the UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officers are asking holidaymakers to play their part by watching a short video instructing them what to do in the unlikely event of an attack.

CT Policing – in association with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office and the Travel Association ABTA – launched the four-minute film just over a year ago and, since then, more than seven million people have learned how to keep themselves and others safe should the worst happen.

ABTA has also translated the video into 15 different languages for use in multiple countries to improve awareness among the holiday representatives, hotel staff and security officers who look after millions of UK tourists every year.

The video was first created after 30 British people tragically lost their lives in the 2015 Sousse attack in Tunisia.

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Since then, CT Policing’s international footprint has expanded significantly, with increases to the number of officers providing a range of security liaison and advice to other countries, ensuring they’re better prepared to keep people safe when overseas.

This is a ‘whole system approach’ to fighting the threat from global terrorism. By warning and informing citizens, training and advising industry and close liaison with domestic and international partners, each of these strands comes together to better protect the UK and its interests at home and abroad.

Everyone must remain alert

Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth, national co-ordinator for Protect and Prepare, said: “The chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident are still low, but sadly we have seen atrocities take place in the UK and abroad, especially last year. That being so, it’s important everyone stays alert and knows what to do if the worst was to happen.”

Aldworth continued: “An important part of my job is deploying police officers and staff around the world to share the UK’s world-renowned security expertise and help better protect our citizens from harm. Now, we are asking the public to play an active part by taking the time to watch this video. We want people to think of this in the same way they do the safety film airlines show before take-off. They don’t expect anything bad to happen, but it’s a sensible safety precaution to show people what to do.”

Security Minister Ben Wallace MP stated:Fortunately, the majority of us will never experience a terrorist attack while enjoying a holiday abroad and there’s no need to be alarmed. However, it’s important that we all remain vigilant to the threat.”

He added: “I urge all holidaymakers to take a moment before heading off on their travels to view the ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ advice, which could be life-saving should the worst happen. I also urge everyone to read the small print on their travel insurance to make sure they have the appropriate level of cover.”

Check the FCO’s travel advice

Minister for Counter-Terrorism, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, observed: “We work closely with our international partners to ensure that British holidaymakers are safe overseas. While the chances of becoming caught up in a terrorist event are extremely low, it’s important that people remain vigilant.”

Lord Ahmed urged: “Before going away, do take a moment to check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s travel advice to make sure you’re aware of what’s going on in the country you’re going to. We encourage everyone to take sensible precautions while they’re abroad. If an incident occurs, remember the key advice to Run, Hide, Tell.”

Nikki White, director of destinations and sustainability at ABTA, concluded: “We recognise the importance of raising awareness and providing clear guidance for our members and their employees. We know that customers would look to those members of staff working in their hotels and resorts to take the lead and respond quickly to an emerging situation.”

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Newest version of UK Government’s G-Cloud set to include Advent IM

Advent IM has been part of the UK Government’s G-Cloud portal since its first release. It has now been announced that the newest iteration of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) procurement platform will again provide direct public sector access to the company’s cyber security, risk management consultancy and training services.

Advent IM’s director, Julia McCarron, said: “Our long-standing relationship with the public sector has been consolidated by our availability over several iterations of the G-Cloud platform. The ability to procure cyber security and risk management services quickly and directly has been of great importance to our clients. We’re delighted to be listed on G-Cloud 10 and look forward to supporting more public sector bodies with high quality consulting and training.”

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Julia McCarron of Advent IM

The CCS is a commercial service for Government, acting on behalf of the Crown, to drive savings for the taxpayer and improve the quality of commercial and procurement activity across the public sector. CCS brings together, as one organisation, the Government Procurement Service – the commercial function of the Cabinet Office – as well as common goods and services procurement and commercial management currently undertaken by departments.

Its vision is to deliver value for the nation through outstanding commercial capability and quality customer service.

The CCS is an executive agency of the Cabinet Office and operates as a trading fund under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973.

*For further detail access https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/g-cloud/supplier/92582

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Securitas celebrates success in regional stages of BSIA’s Security Personnel Awards 2018

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced the regional winners of its Security Personnel Awards for 2018, and Securitas is delighted to have winners in three categories. The awards recognise the talent, dedication, skill and bravery exhibited by security personnel in their roles.

Security personnel are recognised in five categories: Service to the Customer, Outstanding Act, Best Use of Technology, Best Team and Best Newcomer.

Securitas officers Ramraj Sooknanan and Matt Bolger have been successful in the Service to the Customer category. Sooknanan has worked at his client site for 24 years, demonstrating true dedication to his role and responsibilities. Bolger started work on his client site in 2014, and his professionalism has seen him progress quickly and establish himself as a key part of the security team.

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Ramraj Sooknanan

Samantha Golding, service delivery manager, has received the Best Newcomer Award. Starting as a relief officer in 2017, Golding’s integrity and commitment has seen her promoted from officer to service delivery manager in a short space of time.

Alison Ridge and David Prosser have been recognised in the category of Outstanding Act. The pair administered life-saving CPR, including by using a defibrillator, to an individual who had collapsed on-site. Their timely actions proved vital as they waited for the Emergency Services to attend the scene.

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, said: “It’s important that we recognise the true value of security personnel. They are often the first responders in times of emergency and play a vital role in keeping the public safe. This year’s Security Personnel Awards regional winners are testament to the truly high calibre of personnel we have working within our industry.”

Grainne Kelly, Human Resources director and also Operations Centre director at Securitas, commented: “At Securitas, people are at the heart of our protective services. Our officers in particular are the backbone of the security we deliver. They face a more challenging security environment than ever before. It’s fantastic to see Ramraj, Matt, Samantha, Alison and David recognised by the BSIA for their vigilance and dedication.”

All regional winners now progress to the national finals stage of the British Security Awards, to be held in London on 11 July in conjunction with the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon.

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TDSi awards ADI Global UK Distributor of the Year for “exceptional” year-on-year sales growth

Integrated security manufacturer TDSi has awarded ADI Global Distribution its UK Distributor of the Year Award 2017-2018. The award was presented to ADI Global’s product manager for access control, Joe Davies, and EMEA product manager for access control Glenn Davies at IFSEC International.

While presenting the award, Andy Cross (distribution channel manager at TDSi) commented: “ADI Global has proven time and again that it’s an excellent security distributor, with the highly impressive 30% growth speaking for itself. TDSi only sells its products via our channel partners and therefore this commitment is of paramount importance to our business. I’m delighted to present this richly deserved award to our friends at ADI Global.”

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ADI Global’s Joe Davies responded: “We’re honoured to have been recognised by TDSI in this year’s Partner Awards. It’s important that we sell and supply the best systems to our customers and their end users. TDSi’s solutions provide not only market-leading systems, but also highly impressive Return on Investment. The company has a well-deserved reputation for innovation and quality, along with keen pricing, which are three key attractions for any security buyer.”

Having the largest distribution branch network in the UK security industry, ADI Global Distribution delivers unsurpassed service and 24-hour online access. The company prides itself on building trusted and personal business partnerships with its installation customers, providing the necessary tools and security systems to enhance their capabilities and expand their business.

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Comelit fires up new division with FIA membership

Comelit UK has become a member of the Fire Industry Association (FIA) following the introduction of its new fire division, which is purpose-designed to complement the company’s renowned security portfolio.

The Italian door entry manufacturer, which is known for its high specification solutions, now offers a range of automatic fire detection systems, including conventional and addressable panels, that have proven successful across Europe.

Pledging its commitment to the sector, Comelit has become a member of the FIA. The latter is the largest fire protection Trade Association in the UK and influential in helping to promote and shape legislation and professional standards in the fire industry.

Colin Smith, fire manager at Comelit UK, said: “One of my first priorities in my new role was to ensure that Comelit joined the FIA. This was not only to cement our commitment to the fire industry, but also to define our position in alignment with an organisation that can set industry Best Practice, shape standards and influence legislation.”

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Smith continued: “I’m looking forward to attending the FIA’s networking events and conferences to raise awareness of our new fire division. We can present a portfolio of products that achieves the highest safety standards, without compromising on the style and aesthetics synonymous with the Comelit brand.”

Comelit will now be able to present its membership of the FIA by using the latter’s logo on all printed and digital media, in turn demonstrating its dedication to an organisation associated with quality, credibility and high industry standards.

Kat Schabowska, marketing executive at the FIA, explained: “The FIA has a duty to inform the public about good practice. Employers in particular are often confused about their responsibilities, and it’s our duty to provide the necessary guidance and requirements to achieve the standards. We’re delighted to welcome Comelit UK on board as it launches into the fire industry. What this demonstrates is a commitment to offering products and services of the highest standard and which achieve our strict membership criteria. We look forward to working with Colin and the team.”

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