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Fire Safety / Re: Home Office revision of guidance that supports the Fire Safety Order
« Last post by AnthonyB on September 18, 2020, 06:20:25 PM »
Thanks for the info, I look forward to reading them if they are in the same vein as the previous guides your company has helped compile.
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Fire Safety / Re: Home Office revision of guidance that supports the Fire Safety Order
« Last post by colin todd on September 17, 2020, 09:17:14 PM »
Tony, There are three tranches of work. The first tranche is some basic updating of stuff to take changes in legislation into account. We are doing tranche 2 for them, which is revision of the 4 docs to which i referred above. We are also preparing two brand new guides. One will be a comprehensive but easily readable guide for the RP on their duties under the FSO as it will be amended by the new Fire Safety Bill and the proposed new secondary legislation that will address the Grenfell Phase 1 recs.

A further tranche 3 will ultimately involve revision of the old CLG guides.
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Fire Safety / Re: Home Office revision of guidance that supports the Fire Safety Order
« Last post by AnthonyB on September 17, 2020, 08:33:26 PM »
Do you know if the wider suite of DCLG guides is going to be reviewed?
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Fire Risk Assessments / PAS 79-1 and PAS 79-2
« Last post by colin todd on September 17, 2020, 12:39:45 AM »
Just a quick update for fire risk assessors as to progress with the revision of PAS 79 to create two new codes of practice, namely PAS 79-1, which will deal with FRAs for premises other than housing and PAS 79-2, which will cover FRAs for all housing premises.

Many colleagues will be aware of this project, which, happily, all through lockdown, etc, has remained exactly to programme, with the draft for pubic comment being issued on exactly the date set in the original programme.

Over the 2 parts, there were over 1,200 comments on specific clauses or content of the two codes of practice. Thanks to everyone who made comments. A huge thank you is also due to the Steering Group, who ploughed through this extensive comment over a period of days.

All amendments to the drafts have now been completed and a final draft is with the Steering Group for final sign off at the end of the month.

The project remains on target for publication of both parts in December 2020.
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Fire Safety / Home Office revision of guidance that supports the Fire Safety Order
« Last post by colin todd on September 17, 2020, 12:24:04 AM »
C.S.Todd & Associates Limited (CSTA) has been awarded a contract by the Home Office to produce new fire safety guidance and update existing guides as part of a wider overhaul of guidance which supports the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

The four existing guides to be updated are:
   A Short Guide to Making your Premises Safe from Fire;
   Fire Safety in Purpose-Built Blocks of Flats.
   Fire Safety Risk Assessment Checklist;
  Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 Guidance Note no.1.

In addition to ensuring the guides are consistent with any amendments via the Fire Safety Bill and any secondary legislation implementing the Grenfell Phase 1 report recommendations, CSTA are tasked with improving the guides.

If you are familiar with any of the above documents and would like to provide brief details of how you think they can be improved or any issues that you have with any of the guides, particularly the first two in the above list, CSTA would welcome your views. At this stage, all that is required is high level comment, rather than great detail, as there will be extensive stakeholder consultation when the drafts are available.

Please submit your comments via consultation@cstodd.co.uk Ideally, by the end of September, but by end of October at the latest.

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Fire Safety / Re: Fire consultants/fire risk assessors required
« Last post by colin todd on September 14, 2020, 11:41:23 PM »
How about part-time, Davey?
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Technical Advice / Re: Emergency lighting changes
« Last post by AnthonyB on September 10, 2020, 10:02:13 PM »
Still isn't to BS and two 1 hour tests don't add up to one 3 hour test, plus even if you only wanted a one hour test it's annual not 6 monthly.

Also it's rarely the customers in my findings, when they realise they are being over tested under the belief they had to they are not happy (completely different if they choose to do it knowing it's above minimum requirements)

Besides that doesn't answer the original question as to why part duration tests were removed - as far as I recall it was because modern batteries don't need it and it might even be bad for them.
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Technical Advice / Re: Emergency lighting changes
« Last post by Graeme on September 10, 2020, 08:51:53 AM »
I find a lot of Customers dont want the annual 3 hour test and ask for them to be tested same time as fire alarm - so works out 2 x 1hr tests per year.

I understand the need for 3 hour tests on Hotels etc but not for small offices etc.

On another note - I have noticed since em-lights swapped over to LED that the quality has dived and some fittings fail the 3 hours on their first 3 hour test.   I am reluctant to install the self contained bulkhead types that I get most problems with.
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Fire Safety / Re: Fire consultants/fire risk assessors required
« Last post by Messy on September 08, 2020, 10:42:43 AM »
Its a shame this didn't come up a few years ago as I would have enjoyed meeting you and proved that not all ex LFBers are all out of the same cockney mould

But I am winding down now for retirement, so you have missed your chance. Good luck with the campaign though 
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Fire Safety / Fire consultants/fire risk assessors required
« Last post by colin todd on September 04, 2020, 11:50:59 PM »
We are anxious to recruit additional consultants to our existing very successful team. We are particularly interested in Scotland, NW England and Home Counties areas, but, for someone with excellent skills the skills are more important than the geography.

Salary commensurate with experience and a company car is provided.

Feel free to contact me to discuss, but otherwise applications, including a detailed cv should be sent to recruitment@cstodd.co.uk

If anyone knows of friends or colleagues who might be interested, please do pass this on.
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