Technical Guidance

Dave Sibert, Fire Brigades Union

Workstream Chair

Dave Sibert, Fire Brigades Union

E-mail:  David.Sibert@fbu.org.uk

The Technical Guidance Workstream intends to maintain and improve standards of fire safety in the built environment by delivering the following objectives:

  • Helping people to comply with existing fire safety regulations, standards and technical guidance by ordering and distilling industry best practice
  • Identifying areas where existing regulations, standards and technical guidance require change and taking steps to make those changes or taking steps to work with the responsible organisation to make those changes
  • Identifying areas where there is a need for new regulations, standards and guidance and working with partners to develop new regulations, standards and guidance

The Fire Sector Federation comprises a wide range of fire sector organisations and ‘end users’ of fire sector products who deliver these objectives as individuals and in collaboration with each other on steering groups and committees.

The Workstream will act as a focal point for industry bodies to discuss their plans for guidance and standard-writing to facilitate co-ordination of similar projects and avoid conflicting information being produced. Although Government is responsible for the content of legislation and regulations, the Workstream will focus the sector’s contribution to such developments thus enhancing outcomes.

Standards will include British and European standards, as well as insurer and third party certification standards, such as LPS standards and their equivalent. These underpinning technical standards will have been developed by well-established and trusted organisations and may be called up by legislation and regulation and by the technical guidance produced by many within the fire sector.

Technical guidance in this context is documentation that is typically published by fire industry organisations themselves. Commonly, technical guidance makes reference to legislation, regulations and standards, but its primary role is to describe what is considered to be ‘sector best practice’ in a focused applications.

Where appropriate, the Technical Guidance Workstream will itself publish technical guidance. However this is expected to be the exception rather than the rule. It is intended that the primary role will be to work with member organisations who are writing their own technical guidance and to act as a coordinating focal point, providing easy access to industry experts who will contribute to the work.

4 August 2015, 10:00 for 10:30 start
BRE, Watford

07-06-14
GGF Consultation Response Form
The Fire Resistant Glazing Group (FRGG) of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has developed a new standard covering the specification and installation of fire-resistant barriers containing glass for protection against fire and the effects of combustion. The FRGG feel that it is important for this standard to achieve the widest possible support from the fire sector itself and from associated industries that are affected by it. It has requested the Fire Sector Federation to circulate the document for comment. Comments must be returned to the Fire Sector Federation on the attached form by 15 August 2014.
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07-06-14
GGF Standard for the Specification, Supply and Installation of Fire-Resistant Barriers containing Glass for Resistance against the passage of Fire and Products of Combustion
The FRGG has brought together the group’s expertise in a new standard covering the specification and installation of fire-resistant barriers containing glass for protection against fire and the effects of combustion. The standard is ideal for the training of installers and glaziers in the specialities of fire-resistant glazing, to develop and maintain professional levels of competency within the glazing and construction industries. This GGF standard for fire-resistant glass and glazing sest core criteria for installers. Others will also find the standard of value in providing guidance. That includes, for example, those who engage installation contractors or who are responsible for fire safety in buildings (not only owners and facilities managers but also risk assessors, fire safety managers and competent persons under the Fire Safety Order). The standard is also a useful reference for those who are charged with overseeing the application and enforcement of regulations and fire safety legislation.
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06-06-14
Fire Safety & Sustainability in Building Design
The purpose of this document is to encourage all those involved in the specification, planning, design and construction of fire safety in buildings to think a little wider than health and safety. This document is intended to help people consider how to make a building sustainable in the face of fire with a low environmental impact.
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