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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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ASSA ABLOY Security Doors publishes White Paper on Fire Door Safety

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, has launched a thought-provoking White Paper focusing on the critical subject of fire door safety. Entitled ‘A Time to Act’, the document covers the key topics of fire door safety, among them the purpose and effectiveness of fire doors, fire door regulations, manufacturing and installation. 

The Grenfell Tower incident last year raised many questions surrounding how we can prevent the spread of fires in commercial and social housing buildings. Fire doors are one of the most important and effective elements of a building’s passive fire protection, and ASSA ABLOY Security Doors wanted to discuss how mandatory inspection and maintenance of fire doors can only serve to protect a building and its occupants.

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The White Paper discusses in detail how installing correctly specified fire doors can significantly reduce the spread of fire within a building. It then provides practical information which covers current fire door guidance, standards and accreditation.

This detailed document also calls for the UK Government to adopt and enforce a mandatory fire door inspection and maintenance scheme.

Brian Sofley, managing director at ASSA ABLOY Security Doors and author of the White Paper, said: “Proper fire doors save lives, but only if they’re correctly manufactured and installed. There’s nothing in UK law or the Building Regulations that states public buildings must maintain fire doors, even though they’re a life-saving product. This White Paper provides information and guidance about fire door safety as a whole, and very much I hope that it will prove useful for those involved in the construction industry, as well as those lobbying to change fire door regulations in the UK.”

*Visit http://marketing.assaabloy.co.uk/fire-door-white-paper to download the White Paper

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Abloy UK introduces RIBA-approved CPD

Abloy UK has released a new RIBA-approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course covering all aspects of electric locking for fire and/or escape door applications.

Fire and escape standards have been developed first and foremost to preserve lives, allow emergency escape and prevent the spread of fire and smoke in dangerous and potentially life-threatening situations.

These standards mean that managers of buildings are legally obliged to adhere to Building Regulations when it comes to access control, for example by protecting escape routes and allowing for the safe egress of a building’s occupants in the event of an emergency situation.

Abloy’s CPD covers traditional requirements for escape and panic doors. For example when a door is electronically controlled for access, there must be a mechanical means of escape in the event of an emergency.

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The new additions to escape door standards clarify what is and what isn’t acceptable as an escape door solution. Simply, any door that has a fire exit requirement must be fitted with fire-tested products, making sure the route to escape is never compromised.

The course also covers ‘Dynamic Lockdown’ which essentially enables escape for the occupants of a building and prevents unauthorised access to areas by compartmentalising zones in buildings, potentially saving lives in threatening situations.

The CPD is recommended for anyone directly responsible for specifying and installing fire and escape doors or related equipment and is available at the Abloy Academy, which is based at Abloy UK’s head office. By arrangement, the CPD can also be presented to local groups throughout the UK.

*For additional details telephone 01902 364543 or send an e-mail to: marketing@abloy.co.uk

**To book the Abloy Foundations course online go to: www.abloy.co.uk/academy

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Abloy UK to host access control-focused seminar at ISEC 2017

Abloy UK is running a seminar at ISEC 2017 which is specifically designed to explain important changes to access control locking applications on fire and escape doors.

Taking place on 26 and 27 April in the Conference Centre, Citywest, Dublin, ISEC is Ireland’s long-established key event for the Irish security and fire industry.

The seminar will help delegates understand the minimum legal performance criteria for access control locking applications for fire and escape doors. This includes detail around EN 179 and EN 1125 – reinforced with new licencing requirements for locksmiths and installers in the Republic of Ireland through the Private Security Authority – and impending changes in local Building Regulations.

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Pat Jefferies: commercial director at Abloy UK

Pat Jefferies, commercial director at Abloy UK, is presenting the seminar, and is retained by the British Standards Institution and CEN as the UK’s electric locking technical expert. During his presentation, Jefferies will also cover implementing the requirements of the Construction Products Directive, which is applicable throughout Europe.

Jefferies commented: “If you or your business supply, specify or install access control locking or blocking as part of a security system, you cannot afford to miss this seminar. I’ll be explaining the minimum performance criteria and the implications of getting the specification wrong.”

*ISEC 2017 is a free-to-attend event. For more information or to register visit www.isec.ie

**For further information on any of the products and services available from Abloy UK, please call 01902 364 500 or e-mail marketing@abloy.co.uk

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