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Fire detection systems specialist Nittan Europe awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification

Nittan Europe, the specialist manufacturer of conventional and addressable fire detection products, has been awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management Systems. This achievement marks Nittan’s ability to deliver high quality products and systems to the marketplace.

ISO 9001:2015 is awarded for the fulfilment of higher level structures with an increased importance afforded to risk. The certification is based on a number of quality management principles such as a strong customer focus, the motivation of top management, solid process approaches and the achievement of continual improvement within an organisation.

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Nittan Europe’s managing director Yoshiaki Kadokura told Risk Xtra: “Attainment of the ISO 9001:2015 certification is essential in proving our ability to deliver the highest quality products and systems for our loyal customers and the market in general. The ISO 9001 transition represented a huge challenge for us. However, Nittan’s Quality Assurance and Operations Departments committed fully to every step of the process and worked closely with the auditors, namely BRE Global and the Loss Prevention Certification Board. Thanks to their dedicated work, the process was completed successfully in a shorter timeframe than either we or BRE Global anticipated.”

Nittan has adopted a deliberately proactive approach for the transitioning process. ISO 9001:2015 will ensure that the business continues to provide its customers with consistent and good quality products and services, while at the same time growing and evolving the organisation as a whole.

The Nittan Group has been at the forefront of the international fire protection industry since 1954 and continuously strives for exceptional quality products of the highest standards by evolving and improving both systems and processes.

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ASSA ABLOY UK determined to ‘Raise the Bar’ on fire door safety standards for Fire Door Safety Week 2018

Over three million fire doors are installed every year in the UK, yet incorrect specification, poor installation and a lack of maintenance are still common occurrences. In light of this, and to coincide with Fire Door Safety Week 2018, ASSA ABLOY UK is holding a dedicated event at West Midlands Fire Service’s headquarters in Birmingham to help ‘Raise the Bar’ on standards of quality for fire door safety. 

The event will take place on Thursday 27 September and is aimed at building owners, facility managers and individuals responsible for fire door safety. Key topics to be covered on the day include the importance and future of fire door certification, common issues of fire door installation, inspection and maintenance and the importance of compartmentalisation within high rise residential buildings. 

On the day, attendees can expect a discussion panel, speaker presentations and a series of Case Studies delivered by representatives from the British Woodworking Federation, BRE Global, Exova Warringtonfire, the West Midlands Fire Service, the National Health Service and, of course, ASSA ABLOY UK.

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David Hindle, head of door controls for ASSA ABLOY UK, explained: “The draft report produced by BRE Global on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service highlighted that only 17% of door closers at Grenfell Tower were present and working. Door closers and other door hardware that impact the performance of a fire door or doorset are a critical part of fire safety and should be subject to performance standards and regular maintenance and testing.”

Hindle continued: “After the success of our Fire Door Safety Week 2017 event, we wanted to continue to help in educating professionals on raising the standards of fire door safety. We urge building owners, facility managers and individuals responsible for fire door safety to attend this year’s event to learn more as we all have to start treating and recognising ‘passive fire protection’ as being critical at all times.” 

ASSA ABLOY UK is campaigning for increased fire safety awareness. An insightful and educational White Paper was recently issued in response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The White Paper will also be showcased and discussed in depth at the event during Fire Door Safety Week. 

Available to download from www.assaabloy.co.uk/FDSW2018, the White Paper summarises and provides practical insights into the key points made within Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review. It also suggests ways in which everyone can strive towards industry-wide Best Practice in the future.

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BRE Global unveils new opportunities for fire protection system manufacturers to CE mark products

BRE Global has become one of the first organisations in Europe to be able to provide manufacturers of construction products with complete CE marking services for a range of solutions not covered by harmonised European Standards under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).

The scope for manufacturers to CE mark their construction products has been significantly expanded by the European Commission’s recent decision to allow Notified Bodies to be notified for European Technical Approval Guidelines (to be used as European Assessment Documents, or EADs).

Prior to this, Notified Bodies could only issue CE Certificates against harmonised European Standards, enabling CE marking of a relatively limited range of generally well-established products.

This means that the number and range of building products and systems for which BRE Global can provide CE marking services has been considerably expanded. These include fire stopping, fire sealing and fire protection products.

BRE Global is one of the first organisations in Europe to be able to provide manufacturers of construction products with complete CE marking services for a range of products that are not covered by harmonised European Standards under the Construction Products Regulation

BRE Global is one of the first organisations in Europe to be able to provide manufacturers of construction products with complete CE marking services for a range of products that are not covered by harmonised European Standards under the Construction Products Regulation

Once it has been established that all requirements of the ETAG (used as an EAD) have been met, the Notified Body can provide a CE Certificate, and the manufacturer can then issue a Declaration of Performance.

BRE Global’s quality manager Mike Pratt noted: “BRE Global was able to test against ETAGs as a Technical Assessment Body and issue certificates against ETAGs as a Notified Body under the CPD for many years. Now that we can use ETAGs as EADs, we can provide the same service under the CPR. This is a great benefit to our customers.”

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