Mark McQuade CertFDI
PROTECTING LIVES, PREVENTING LOSS
One of my objectives since joining the Worksmart Contracts team only 6 months ago was to establish our new Fire Door Inspection Service to help our clients, new and existing, to fulfil their legal and moral obligations and bring them peace of mind. It makes sense to us to offer this service – with over 16 years’ experience in installing and repairing fire doors and screens, we are industry experts. We think it makes sense to our clients to take advantage of our experience and expertise too. I am delighted to announce that we have achieved that objective with the launch this week of WORKSMART FIRE DOOR INSPECTIONS!
Worksmart Fire Door Inspection are committed to improving fire safety throughout Scotland and beyond and are proud supporters of the FIRE DOOR INSPECTION SCHEME (FDIS) – Europe’s first fire door inspection scheme. It was launched in 2012 as a joint venture between the BWF-Certifire Scheme and the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) and aims to transform people’s knowledge about how and why fire doors work and the potential dangers of getting it wrong. It does this through education programs (such as the diploma and certification programs I have recently completed), awareness campaigns like the Fire Door Safety Week campaign, sharing important changes and updates to legislation and regulations (as well as best practice and new developments) and maintaining a database of FDIS Certified Inspectors (http://www.fdis.co.uk/inspector).
There is an ever increasing challenge to keep abreast of, and comply with, the regulations that apply to public or commercial buildings. Foremost of these, following recent developments in the UK, are those concerned with fire safety – which define the standards for passive fire protection, including the installation and maintenance of fire doors. Fire doors are complex, engineered products and, like any engineered product, need regular maintenance. Evidence shows us that fire doors are one of the most common areas of non-compliance, often due to poor installation and/or maintenance. Any failing could lead to prosecution and would mean that they will not perform to the required standard in the one and only case that they may be called upon to do so.
Amazingly, Scotland is desperately under-represented on the FDIS Certified Fire Door Inspector database, a situation we, at Worksmart Fire Door Inspection, are well positioned to rectify. With an extensive reach throughout Scotland, offices in Edinburgh and Kilmarnock and active projects from Aberdeen to Ayr we have a track record of delivering first class service all over the country. Our aim is to be the first choice for fire door inspection services in Scotland!
I can’t wait to start introducing the service to our existing clients and spreading the word to a wider audience! Our service will not stop at producing a ‘one off’ inspection report using the latest auditing software, however. If required we can create and manage an inspection program in line with legal requirements and produce detailed, historical reports, recommendations, confirmation of remedial actions and more. In short, we can tailor the service to individual requirements in order to strengthen existing fire safety management plans.
Call me to find out why your fire doors should be inspected, what it entails, when you should do it and how we can manage it all for you.
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