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Hochiki Europe and FIA host industry discussion focused on life safety in HMOs

Hochiki Europe, the manufacturer of life safety solutions, has partnered with the Fire Industry Association (FIA) to host an in-depth discussion on Best Practice when it comes to life safety in Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs).

Panellists were made up of professionals involved throughout the life safety procurement chain, including representatives from the manufacturing, facilities management, consultancy/specification and installation sectors as well as the FIA itself.

The participants were Ian Watts (emergency lighting manager, Hochiki Europe), Richard Wharram (regional sales manager, Hochiki Europe), Will Lloyd (technical manager, FIA), David Thewlis (director, Rosse Systems) and independent electrical engineer Neil Wright. The event followed on from the release of Hochiki Europe’s most recent White Paper outlining several grey areas regarding different systems being installed in HMOs.

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During the discussion session, which was held at the FIA’s Training Centre in Hampton, London, panellists debated having exclusive Part 1 or Part 6 systems within HMOs and  the benefits of having mixed systems in place. The discussion also focused on perceived confusion around the definition of an HMO, as well as specific challenges for duty holders and Best Practice when selecting emergency lighting in these types of buildings.

Paul Adams, marketing manager at Hochiki Europe, chaired the pane discussion. Adams commented: “This was a necessary and worthwhile discussion which brought up some urgent issues for all parties that must be addressed if we are to protect people living in HMOs. The general consensus around the table was that education and upskilling engineers is paramount.”

Adams concluded: “The life safety sector has so many different requirements for different buildings, depending on their intended purpose, but it has become clear that there’s a severe lack of clarity within the industry when it comes to Best Practice. The guidance and support is out there. We just need to show people where to access it and why it’s so vitally important.”

*The key points and conclusions outlined in the HMO-focused discussions can be found on Hochiki Europe’s website. A video series concentrating on the panel can be found on YouTube

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Hochiki Europe systems partner Tees Fire Systems secures £1.5 million contract to protect University Hospital of North Tees

Specialist fire and security engineer Tees Fire Systems (TFS) Limited has just won a seven-figure contract to install a new hybrid system at the busy University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton.

TFS Limited is one of 20 companies nationwide that are part of life safety systems manufacturer Hochiki Europe’s exclusive Systems Partner Network. The accolade recognises TFS Limited as a company with extensive expertise in the life safety and security industry and affords the business use of the latest products and technologies available from Hochiki Europe.

The University Hospital of North Tees provides services to people living in East Durham, Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees and the surrounding areas. The hospital was founded back in 1968 and has current capacity for 563 beds across eight floors. The estate is managed by North Tees and Hartlepool Solution LLP.

As part of the contract, TFS Limited made the decision to specify products from Hochiki Europe for the project. Kevin Hynes, managing director at TFS Limited, said: “When our tender for the University Hospital contract was successful, we were praised for our technical knowledge. This is a testament to the hard work of our sales team and our status as an Hochiki Europe Systems Partner.”

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During the course of the contract, TFS Limited is providing ongoing technical support for the end user around the installed solutions. The company also holds monthly progress meetings with hospital facilities managers to keep disruption to staff and patients to a minimum.

Mark Smith, UK sales manager at Hochiki Europe, added: “Installing life safety systems in healthcare environments can be challenging due to the complex layout of the buildings and the vulnerability of some occupants. As well as keeping disruption to a minimum, it’s also important that the new installation doesn’t compromise the functionality of existing systems. Over the next two years, we’ll work closely with TFS Limited to ensure that the new fire alarm system provides the highest levels of safety from the very moment it’s installed and best protects staff, patients and the premises.”

Steven Taylor, assistant director of estates and capital for the North Tees and Hartlepool Solution LLP, which is the organisation responsible for managing the healthcare estate, concluded: “We were very impressed by the technical knowledge and significant experience demonstrated by TFS Limited when it comes to working within a busy hospital environment. TFS Limited’s approach and insight is refreshing and provides the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust with full confidence that the project will be well managed and progressed in a collaborative manner.”

Work to install the new system began in June this year and is expected to be completed by Summer 2020.

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Hochiki Europe to showcase latest life safety technology at Security Essen 2018

Hochiki Europe, the leading manufacturer of life safety solutions, will be showcasing a range of its latest technology during Security Essen 2018, which runs from 25-28 September at MESSE ESSEN. Solutions on display at Stand 6E30 include Hochiki Europe’s ACD-EN CO multi-sensor, the new range of short circuit isolator (SCI) sensors and FIREscape Emergency Lighting.

The ACD-EN is badged as “the most technologically superior multi-sensor ever developed” by Hochiki Europe. In addition to smoke, heat and carbon monoxide (CO) detection elements, the ACD-EN also features a sophisticated mode enhancement called +RFA. In multi-mode with +RFA, any changes to the environment will automatically adjust the alarm threshold and sensitivity of the device, therefore reducing false alarms without compromising fire response times.

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The SCI integrated range offers specifiers and consultants an efficient, cost-effective and compliant solution to life safety. In many central European markets, including Germany, legislation dictates that an isolator is required every time there’s a change of device type on the loop. Therefore, having the SCI integrated into the sensor removes the need to buy separate SCI bases.

Hochiki Europe’s emergency lighting range, FIREscape, will also will be on display at Security Essen. FIREscape is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly emergency lighting system based on LED technology.

Speaking ahead of the exhibition, Mark Jones, export manager at Hochiki Europe, commented: “We know that, for our customers in Germany and throughout Europe, legislation is a deciding factor when specifying life safety equipment on projects. Security Essen is a great opportunity for us to showcase our extensive product range, which includes wireless, marine and aspirating technology, and to help our customers find the right solutions for their projects.”

Over 40,000 visitors from 45 different countries are expected to attend Security Essen, which will host over 1,000 exhibitors.

*For more information on Hochiki Europe’s range of life safety solutions visit www.hochikieurope.com

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Hochiki Europe showcases intelligent life safety solutions at Light + Building 2018

Hochiki Europe, the manufacturer of life safety solutions, is exhibiting a range of intelligent emergency lighting products on Stand A85 in Hall 9.1 at the Light + Building event in Frankfurt on 18-23 March.

The company’s award-winning FIREscape emergency lighting system features LED technology based around an addressable control panel, and combines enhanced intelligence with environmentally-friendly performance. The fully-monitored system has been adopted by a number of hospitals, universities and airports due to the substantial cost savings it achieves for end users during its lifespan.

Visitors to Hochiki Europe’s stand will also see an example of FIREscape Lite – the self-contained emergency lighting kit designed to ensure building owners remain compliant with EU legislation at a reasonable cost.

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In addition, Hochiki Europe will be displaying FIREscape+, the combined fire detection and emergency lighting system that features wayfinding technology. The product has been created to save end users time and money, while also protecting the safety of building occupants.

At the show, members of the Hochiki Europe team will also be on stand to offer expertise and guidance on selecting the right systems and assist with project requirements.

As one of the most renowned trade fairs for lighting and building services technology, Light + Building will host over 2,600 exhibitors from across the globe.

Ian Watts, emergency lighting manager at Hochiki Europe, explained: “Effective emergency lighting solutions are imperative to the design of any building. As legislation changes and technology advances, we need to make sure duty holders across Europe are equipped with the knowledge they need to protect their occupants and remain efficient. By showcasing our extensive range of intelligent and low-carbon emergency lighting solutions at Light + Building 2018, we can demonstrate exactly how these smart systems address key safety and energy saving challenges faced by our customers.”

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Hochiki Europe offers industry and tech insight at FIREX International 2017

Hochiki Europe – the manufacturer of life safety solutions –  will be on Stand D100 at this year’s FIREX International (which runs from 20-22 June at London’s ExCeL), offering expert insight on key industry issues and showcasing an extensive range of its systems.

The company will be giving visitors live product demonstrations and guidance on how to select the right life safety system for specific environments. Visitors will also be introduced to Hochiki Europe’s new water detection system, LEAKalarm, as well as its analogue addressable life safety platform designated L@titude.

L@titude helps customers quickly locate and examine incidents occurring across premises in real time and from any location. The platform enables customers to create a fully customisable life safety system thanks to addressable loop detection circuits, conventional detection circuits, relay cards and additional sounder outputs.

Alongside a new conventional detector and an EN54-23 approved base sounder beacon, the next generation of ESP intelligent sensors will also be on display. These new sensors feature an integral short-circuit isolator (SCI) in the sensor itself, negating the need for SCI mounting bases.

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Hochiki Europe’s extensive FIREscape family of emergency lighting solutions will also be showcased with working demonstrations at the event, including the new FIREscape lite stand-alone kits and the combined fire detection and emergency lighting system FIREscape+.

Stand D100 will feature a selection of specialist application equipment including intrinsically safe and SIL2-approved flame detectors, beam detectors and aspirating systems, as well as linear heat detection.

In addition to product displays, Hochiki Europe’s stand will offer a presentation area where educational seminars will take place throughout the show. Topics for discussion will include the recent revisions to emergency lighting legislation, as well as overviews of the latest life safety technologies available and how they can be applied in different environments.

The Hochiki Europe team will be on hand throughout the show to offer guidance on the best use of each technology. Visitors are encouraged to speak with Hochiki Europe’s experts for application advice.

Paul Adams, marketing manager at Hochiki Europe, commented: “FIREX International is an ideal opportunity to meet with industry stakeholders and discuss new ways in which to address key issues occurring in our sector. If you’re looking to hear from life safety experts on the latest trends and technologies, you should certainly visit our stand.”

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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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Hochiki Europe launches fire system logbook to support customer compliance

According to Government figures, the UK’s Fire and Rescue Services have attended nearly a quarter of a million false alarm incidents throughout the last two years, with the majority caused by faulty fire system apparatus. Yet maintaining thorough records of testing and maintenance of a property’s fire safety system has been a legal obligation for domestic premises and houses with multiple occupants in England and Wales since the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 (RRFSO) was introduced. 

In response, Hochiki Europe has launched “the industry’s most comprehensive fire system logbook” for its customers. The new logbooks provide guidance in line with the UK’s most recent legislation to help those responsible for the upkeep of fire safety systems to accurately record false alarms as well as required maintenance and testing processes, in turn ensuring compliance.

The RRFSO is supported by BS 5839, a Code of Practice published by BSI which recommends any owner of a fire detection system records all system events in a suitable logbook.

The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 is supported by BS 5839

The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 is supported by BS 5839

Hochiki Europe’s new logbooks have been compiled by a team of BAFE consultants. The logbooks allow customers to monitor system activity, abide by UK legislation and have their records to hand in the event of a Health and Safety audit.

The A4 logbooks contain 36 pages of fire system-related forms and checklists in which end users can record false alarms, tests and maintenance work, panel access codes and battery capacity.

The new logbooks also provide written guidance for users around their responsibilities when facing false alarms, changes to the building, routine system attention, pre-alarms and recommendations on how to properly investigate fire safety systems.

Hochiki's Fire Detection and Fire Alarm System Logbook

Hochiki’s Fire Detection and Fire Alarm System Logbook

 

Paul Adams, deputy marketing manager at Hochiki Europe, said: “Understanding the history of a fire safety system and recognising patterns in its activity can be a crucial element in preventing fire incidents. As shown by the BS 5839 Code of Practice, logbooks play an important role in fire safety and are required by law. By giving our customers the option to buy logbooks directly from us at the same time as their system components, they can save time and ensure that they’re following the most up-to-date compliance practices.”

 

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