New fire doors inspection training course developed

A recent report by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) for a local authority concluded that due to multiple defects “it was not possible to conclude that the fire doors would meet the required 30-minute fire resistance”.

The new course includes an exam enabling building control surveyors who pass to be registered as accredited fire door assessors and has been piloted by Local Authority Building Control (LABC) members, under a memorandum of understanding signed by both BRE and LABC last year. Building control inspectors are supposed to make sure that passive fire protection has been correctly specified and installed.

Stephen Howard, BRE passive fire protection business group manager, said “The correct specification and installation of passive fire protection is crucial to the safety of building occupants. The role of the ‘inspecting authorities’ is critical in ensuring that the correct products are installed to the correct standards of installation. We are pleased to support the efforts of the LABC by providing training in the inspection of fire doors. This can only lead to improvements in the overall standard of passive fire protection installation which will be welcomed by all involved in this industry.”

Lorna Stimpson, LABC Consult managing director, also added “The recent coroner’s enquiry into the Lakanal House fires in 2009 raised some significant issues both for local authorities and fire risk assessors. The training course in fire safety helps us to ensure that we’re doing everything we can to ensure the safety of business users.”