FIRE DAMPER DROP TESTS
Playing with fire
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into effect in October 2006 and establishes a general duty to ensure the safety of both employees and non- employees in the event of fire. The Main duty holder is the ‘responsible person’ who may be the employer, owner or other person who has control of the premises. The responsible person has to ensure that a ‘suitable and sufficient’ fire risk assessment is carried out, that suitable general fire precautions are provided and maintained.
Ventilation ductwork is a key area of potential fire risk and too many systems have failed to meet fire safety guidelines in the past .Fire and smoke dampers have particularly suffered in this regard despite the key role they play in reducing injury and property damage in a fire. Test standards for dampers have been in place for many years,
With dampers, late problems are big problems The dampers should also be tested in ‘real’ conditions to show how they perform in different types of wall or ceiling installations and when subjected to different pressures through the ventilation system. Insurance companies are taking greater interest in this area and will see lack of co-ordination in the project chain as compromising fire safety – they may choose to withhold cover as a result or dispute liability after a fire.
Carry out Fire Damper Drop Tests & maintenance programmes ,including developing asset registers along with any remedial works required.