The Association of Specialist Fire Protection Ireland is supporting an initiative by one of its members to provide much-needed training for passive fire protection installers and risk assessors in Ireland.

The CPD accredited courses, from Exova Warringtonfire, aim to educate installers, contractors and risk assessors about how passive fire protection works and why it is vital that such measures are installed correctly. The courses will provide welcome assistance to contractors working in the passive protection sector, helping them to confirm that the statutory requirements of the Building Regulations have been met and providing them with a means of demonstrating their competence.

Initially, two courses are to be held in Dublin during April. Both feature a Core Module, which provides an insight into the way products react in a fire situation and explaining the importance of using third party certificated products that have been independently tested by fire laboratories, such as Exova Warringtonfire.

The one day Risk Assessors' course (17th April) will help delegates to familiarise themselves with what to look for when inspecting passive fire protection in a building and be aware of typical problems that may arise when installing such products. It provides an overall understanding of why it is important that passive protection is in place and complete.

Meanwhile, the two-day installers' course (18-19th April) will provide instruction for contractors to understand how to carry out the installation of passive fire protection systems. This initial course will also include modules in Penetration Sealing Systems, Fire Resisting Timber Door sets and Cavity Barriers. Each discipline module will have an 'End Test' to enable participants to demonstrate their competence in the subject.

The new courses are being launched in response to recent confirmation from Minister Phil Hogan that a number of new measures to combat failures of self-regulation in the building regulation system in Ireland are to be advanced by the Department of Environment Community and Local Government. These measures include the introduction of mandatory certificates of compliance by builders and designers of buildings and improved inspection arrangements.

The need for improvements in the construction sector in Ireland were highlighted by the Priory Hall case last year, in which a High Court ruling resulted in the eviction of 249 residents from the Priory Hall Apartment Complex after a litany of fire safety breaches were discovered.

"While the ruling drew attention to failings in the self-regulation system for Building Control introduced in Ireland in 1990, it also highlighted the importance of ensuring that installed fire safety measures are fit for purpose, fitted correctly and maintained regularly," says David O'Reilly chairman of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection Ireland .

"The new courses from Exova Warringtonfire will help provide installers with essential understanding and skills, and enable them to demonstrate that they have the expertise and commitment to undertake the professional installation of passive fire protection products."


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