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NSI launches e-Learning course on BS 7858:2019 for security screening

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced the launch of a new eLearning course designed to help NSI-approved companies understand and apply the requirements of the revised Code of Practice BS 7858:2019 which focuses on the Screening of Individuals Working in a Secure Environment.

This introductory course is available to all who wish to enrol, but is particularly useful for screening administrators and controllers. Accredited by The Security Institute’s Continuing Professional Development scheme, the course includes guidance on information and documentation requirements, relevant legislation and regulatory requirements, the difference between personal opinion and fact and, importantly, the implications of non-compliance.

Upon completion of the course, learners will understand the reasons for screening, be able to assist in developing an effective screening process and also understand how to apply the requirements in practice. Each learner will receive a personalised Certificate of Completion.

Split into four parts, the eLearning course takes approximately two hours to complete. Learners may log in and out as many times as they wish, saving their progress to date each time.

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Max Linnemann, head of certification services at the NSI, said: “We are very pleased to be able to offer this new eLearning course to our approved companies. The NSI is committed to helping companies keep on top of standards developments and widening their access to training. Our new eLearning course provides a cost-effective and convenient way of understanding the latest requirements of BS 7858:2019, which NSI-approved companies in the security systems and guarding services sectors need to be aware of.”

*Those who would like to find out more information about the course, pricing and how to enrol should contact Maxine Dent (training, facilities and events co-ordinator) by e-mail at maxine.dent@nsi.org.uk

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Free seminars on BS 5839-1:2017 set to run at FIM Expo

Two free seminars on BS 5839-1:2017 will be available to attendees for this year’s FIM Expo, which takes place on Thursday 4 October at Doncaster Racecourse. The seminars will be presented by Fire Industry Association (FIA) technical manager Will Lloyd.

The seminars will cover the changes to BS 5839-1:2017 since the 2013 version and provide technical insight, as well as afford an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.  Attendees will be eligible to gain a Continuing Professional Development certificate.

Discover and learn about multi-sensors in escape routes, L2 and L3 systems, the use of manual Call Point covers, the ‘place of ultimate safety’ and how this affects placement of Call Points, communication with the Fire and Rescue Service, staff alarms, video fire detectors, types of fire detectors and their selection, the spacing and siting of automatic fire detectors, the siting of optical beam smoke detectors, power supplies and cabling and more.

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The Expo is being run by the FIA and boasts a range of fire detection and alarm manufacturers in attendance.

The morning seminar is at 11.00 am, with the afternoon seminar beginning at 2.00 pm.  Doors to the Expo open at 9.30 am and the event closes at 4.00 pm. Luncheon is free. Attendees will have many opportunities to network with other fire sector professionals.

Doncaster Racecourse is easily accessible from the A1 and M18 motorways if coming by car, or is a ten-minute taxi ride from Doncaster train station (where a taxi rank is available). Free parking on site is available for all attendees.

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BCI publishes Manifesto for Organisational Resilience as part of Business Continuity Awareness Week 2018

Working together is the key for successfully delivering organisational resilience. This is the core concept of the Manifesto for Organisational Resilience issued by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) in tandem with Business Continuity Awareness Week 2018.

In the new 15-page document, the BCI explains what it will do in order to deliver its vision of a resilient world. To this end, the Manifesto lists four main points:

*Research: The BCI will champion academic research and new thinking for the benefit of the practitioner community

*Global Alliances: The BCI will create a series of global and local Resilience Alliances with other like-minded professional bodies

*Best Practice Groups: The BCI will aim to utilise the ‘collective brain power’ of some of the most experienced practitioners to create practice groups in the UK, Europe, India, North America and Australasia

*Online Resilience Tool: The BCI will develop a free online tool designed to increase awareness among organisations of all sizes and across all sectors

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In this Manifesto, the BCI provides a detailed explanation of the concept of organisational resilience (ie ‘the ability of an organisation to absorb and adapt in a changing environment’) and how disciplines should collaborate in order to achieve it.

David Thorp, executive director of the BCI, stated: “Our view at the BCI is that no organisations can claim ownership of the resilience ground. What we propose is to work with other professional bodies and membership organisations in the resilience spectrum to provide a range of benefits for the mutual gain of all of our members. Collaboration is the key to a resilient future for organisations, This Manifesto is the first step towards making that future happen.”

The BCI’s Business Continuity Awareness Week 2018 was sponsored by Strategic BCP and SAI Global.

Founded back in 1994 with the aim of promoting a more resilient world, the BCI has established itself as the world’s leading Institute for business continuity and resilience. The BCI has become the membership and certifying organisation of choice for business continuity and resilience professionals globally with over 8,000 members in more than 100 countries working in an estimated 3,000 organisations in the private, public and third sectors.

The vast experience of the Institute’s broad membership and partner network is built into the organisation’s education, Continuing Professional Development and networking activities. Every year, more than 1,500 people choose BCI training, with options ranging from short awareness raising tools through to a full academic qualification available online and in a classroom.

The Institute stands for excellence in the resilience profession and its globally recognised certified grades provide assurance of technical and professional competency.

The BCI offers a wide range of resources for professionals seeking to raise their organisation’s level of resilience, while its extensive thought leadership and research programme helps drive the industry forward. With approximately 120 Partners worldwide, the BCI Partnership offers organisations the opportunity to work with the BCI in promoting Best Practice in business continuity and resilience.

The BCI welcomes everyone with an interest in building resilient organisations, be they newcomers, experienced professionals or organisations. Further information about the BCI is available online at www.thebci.org

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ASSA ABLOY UK relaunches Foundations Plus training course for security professionals

Access control solutions specialist ASSA ABLOY UK has relaunched its popular Foundations Plus course, which covers minimum performance standards, Dynamic Lockdown and the Construction Products Regulation.

The Foundations training course covers the majority of standards applicable to doorsets – from hinges through to door selectors – and helps delegates to understand the needs of a door, from its location within the building to the purpose the door must fulfil.

The Foundations Plus course represents an advanced add-on to the basic Foundations course, going one step further in educating delegates on industry terminology. This provides attendees with the knowledge to specify products that are suitable for both the application and door type.

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The course covers the locking and escape requirements for access control electric locking in both retrofit and new build applications, in turn ensuring a safe and secure solution. Enrolment on the Foundations Plus course is subject to having successfully completed the Foundations course.

Pat Jefferies, commercial director at ASSA ABLOY UK, said: “The first relaunched Foundations Plus course was successfully hosted at ASSA ABLOY UK’S headquarters on Friday 23 February, with a full house of customers and specifiers. The course uses the theory and knowledge gained from the basic Foundations course to ensure the correct specification of compliant electric locking solutions for access control doors. It provides an excellent link from the Foundations course to our more advanced training modules such as Electric Locking.”

Jefferies added: “Foundations and Foundations Plus can both be used to gain valuable Continuing Professional Development points, so we encourage anyone involved in the specification of doors and access control solutions, whether they’re an installer, a security manager, an end user or specifier, to be involved.”

*Foundations Plus course dates for 2018 are Friday 25 May, Friday 27 July and Friday 19 October. For further information or to book a place on one of the courses, visit www.abloy.co.uk/academy, call 01902 364 500 or e-mail: academy@abloy.co.uk

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C-TEC to showcase CAST addressable fire alarm system at The Fire Safety Event

C-TEC is exhibiting at The Fire Safety Event. Featuring free-to-attend CPD-accredited fire safety seminars, 30 exhibitors and the fire industry’s latest innovations, the show will be held at Birmingham’s NEC from 10-12 April.

On Stand FS34, C-TEC will be showcasing its new CAST addressable fire alarm system, the new EN54-23 certified high-performance visual alarm devices and its Hush Button fire solution for flats, apartments and houses of multiple occupation.

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Andy Green, C-TEC’s marketing manager, said: “We’re delighted to be heading back to the NEC due to its sheer accessibility and attractiveness to professionals from all over the UK. We’re certainly looking forward to an action-packed show. We’ll be hosting live demonstrations of our new CAST fire alarm system and also presenting a seminar on the legal issues relating to visual alarm devices in the Fire and Evacuation Theatre.”

*To register visit http://www.firesafetyevents.com/fire-safety-event

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TDSi’s Ian Hoare gains Master’s degree from Bournemouth University

Integrated security manufacturer TDSi has announced that its software analyst and developer Ian Hoare has graduated with a Master’s degree in Cyber Security and Human Factors from Bournemouth University. Hoare’s qualification demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to research, education and training.

TDSi’s managing director John Davies commented: “We’re very proud that Ian has earned his Master’s degree, having worked extremely hard to study alongside his role at TDSi. As a company, we champion education and training as it benefits not only the person and the business, but also the security industry as a whole.”

Hoare elaborated on the significance of his new degree for his role at TDSi. “This new qualification demonstrates that I’m up-to-date with the very latest advances in cloud computing and online security. The TDSi team is always at the forefront of secure software for the modern world, but we’re keen to illustrate this with Continuing Professional Development, giving additional confidence to our customers that all has been done to secure their data.”

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As part of his graduation process, Hoare produced a dissertation that examines the secure development life-cycle and how it can fit into the agile development process. He commented: “The Agile development process doesn’t allow for any security processes. There’s an argument that it shouldn’t, as it’s an overhead of the initial development.”

Hoare concluded: “However, it’s important to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities within the system, as the financial costs are far greater if vulnerabilities are found after the product is released. This is even more important with the EU’s looming General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force in May next year.”

Hoare’s Master’s in Cyber Security and Human Factors is just part of an ongoing process of training and research. He concluded: “The cloud environment is continuously changing, with new threats evolving. It’s vital to use this knowledge now and to continuously keep this learning and information updated as technology and security needs evolve.”

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C-TEC to host live CPD-certified webinar entitled ‘Hush Those False Alarms’

With fire protection in flats, apartments and HMOs making the news for all the wrong reasons, C-TEC’s ‘Hush Those False Alarms’ webinar goes live at 11.00 am on 22 November. The Continuing Professional Development (CPD)-certified session is a perfect opportunity to become clued up on the current solutions available for reducing false alarms in HMOs and other areas by using mixed, conventional and hush systems.

The webinar will also explore how C-TEC’s BS 5839-6 Hush Button fire alarm solution is assisting landlords and building managers in better protecting their properties, while at the same time ensuring compliance with all of the relevant regulations and standards.

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Andy Green, C-TEC’s marketing manager and one of the webinar’s hosts, informed Risk UK: “This CPD-certified event is an absolute ‘must’ for anyone who would like to know more about reducing false alarms and enhancing fire detection in houses of multiple occupation. We’ll also be hosting a live 20-minute Q&A at the end of the session.”

*To register access this link: http://www.workcast.com/register?cpak=5778363449402747&referrer=WCTEC

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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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Notifier introduces BS 7273-4 CPD course on release mechanisms for fire doors

Notifier by Honeywell has announced the launch of a new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course for 2016-2017.  ‘Getting To Know BS 7273-4’
provides installers, integrators, contractors, consultants and end users with all the information on this important standard and how it relates to the way that doors are opened, closed and controlled by fire detection systems.

Although it was first introduced in 2007, the 2015 revision of BS 7273-4 has brought the subject of release mechanisms for fire doors into sharp focus. The prompt evacuation of a burning building requires as few obstacles and obstructions as possible and, similarly, restricting the spread of fire and heat in such a situation relies upon the use of well-engineered fire doors that can be reliably closed in the event of a fire.

Adhering to BS 7273-4 is increasingly important. The guidance in Annex A of the Code of Practice is now normative, which means that, if control of doors is performed by a fire detection system, the requirements of the category must be met. If the guidelines are not followed, it’s likely that the fire door provision fails to satisfy a fire risk assessment.

Notifier’s new BS 7273-4 CPD course has been written by experts within the company. It enables delegates to gain a better understanding of how modern life safety technology can be used to increase a building’s safety by interfacing it with fire doors and secured fire exits. By providing an overview of the various scenarios when doors should be released, it looks at control arrangements for the actuation of mechanisms that unlock, release or open doors in the event of a fire episode before going on to cover recommendations for the interface between fire detection and alarm systems, as well as equipment not covered in any other standards.

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Those attending the course will also gain an valuable understanding of the three categories of actuation – A (Critical), B (Standard) and C (Indirect) – and the circumstances under which the control mechanisms should revert to their fail safe position in order to protect escape routes and prevent the spread of smoke in the event of fire.

“It’s fair to say that, since its original introduction eight years ago, BS 7273-4 has been largely ignored apart for a few isolated cases of Best Practice,” commented Gregg Bushell, senior marketing communications specialist at Honeywell Security and Fire.

“I’m pleased to say that the situation is beginning to change. This CPD course is a key part of our strategy to enhance knowledge about this important standard and how its implementation could save lives. There can be no ‘one size fits all’ approach to configuring a BS 7273-4 compliant system. Fire doors and exits should be considered individually such that people, property and assets are protected as well as they possibly can be in the event of a fire.”

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Hochiki Europe research finds standards in European fire safety sector “are set to slip”

A new study conducted by Hochiki Europe has delivered a stark warning to the fire safety industry, with the company’s research finding that nearly half (49%) of European fire safety equipment installers are not familiar with the latest fire and emergency lighting legislation.

According to the survey of European fire equipment installers, over two thirds (67%) are looking to manufacturers specifically to improve their knowledge on fire and lighting safety legislation. This is closely followed by industry bodies, with 60% of respondents stating that they turn to professional associations in order to learn about the latest legislation.

Paul Adams, deputy marketing manager at Hochiki Europe, commented: “To think that nearly half of European installers we spoke to do not feel fully comfortable with current legislation is a shock. As manufacturers, we clearly need to step up and take responsibility for improving their understanding. We’ve had CPD courses and specialist training in place for a number of years now. These results highlight just how vital it is that we continue to provide free training for our installers as well as other members of the fire industry.”

Nearly two-fifths (39%) of respondents admitted they had not received any fire or emergency lighting training in the last two years, yet 90% of installers felt that their clients would benefit from them receiving more training.

Of those that had received training, 75% felt either confident or very confident in understanding different types of fire safety technology and recommending (and designing) a fire safety solution.

Limited sector knowledge

The study also examined confidence within key industry sectors, and revealed that eight out of ten (83%) installers feel they have enough knowledge to deliver the best fire safety solution for public sector or leisure projects.

Conversely, less than a fifth (18%) said they felt this way about offshore environments: a key growth sector they could be missing out on through lack of knowledge.

Adams concluded: “It’s not surprising that many Installers across Europe are struggling to keep up with legislation when they may have not received any training in the last two years. The results suggest that installers do understand and see the benefits of training on their ability to carry out projects effectively. It’s clear that we now have to come together as an industry to ensure that the correct training is being promoted and delivered across the board. Not only will this help installers feel more confident in their jobs, but would also protect the lives of people across Europe by ensuring that all fire safety standards are met on every project.”

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