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Hotels and Passive Fire Protection

Being in the hotel sector, you will be acutely aware of the challenges of managing all the elements of fire safety in often complex buildings, but how sure are you that your fire doors are compliant and are you fulfilling all your Passive Fire Protection requirements? Two catastrophic hotel blazes in the last month, at …

As Fire Door Awareness Grows, Ignorance to Responsibility Remains

For obvious reasons, there has been a massive amount of coverage of fire safety matters in the press and social media over the last few months. So much has been said about product testing and certification: Who is responsible for what? Where’s the money going to come from? etc. Most of this is related, of …

Hotels and Fire Safety

If you are in the hotel sector, you will be acutely aware of the challenges of managing all the elements of fire safety in often complex buildings, where people are sleeping in unfamiliar surroundings – but how sure are you that your fire doors are compliant and that you, your staff and your guests are …

Introducing Steven MacDonald

Introducing Steven MacDonald, the latest member of the Worksmart Team to qualify as an FDIS Certified Fire Door Inspector! Steven is a valued and long-term member of the Worksmart family and brings a lifetime of relevant experience to the role. He is an accomplished tradesman and site supervisor and is looking forward to using his …

MHCLG Test Certificate Scheme for fire doors

MHCLG Test Certificate Scheme for fire doors? Never heard of it? That’s because I made it up – but it’s something that occurred to me as I was writing this blog. I’m sure someone else will have thought it too and I’d be interested in your thoughts on the idea. It is a commonly understood …

Firedoor inspection

In the course of my recent travels I have inspected about 120 fire doors for compliance with the regulations. I have been shocked, but not surprised (I doubt anybody who works in the fire safety sector would be too surprised) by the results. Of those 120 doors, only 17 were compliant with the regulations. Many …

Taking Action in 2019

Like everyone else, I watched in horror on the 14th Of June 2017 as Grenfell Tower burned – knowing that people were dying. Knowing also, because we have become used to the pattern, that the subsequent investigation would reveal ignorance, incompetence, cost and neglect as major factors in the tragedy. I was overwhelmed by grief …

Worksmart Fire Door Inspection

Protecting Lives, Protecting Loss What’s to lose? Since starting my Fire Door Inspection journey, I have been alarmed by the proportion of fire resistant doors that have failed an inspection – at least half of them. Many of these failings are not immediately apparent, for example automatic hold open devices that don’t release the doors …

Worksmart Fire Door Inspection

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 …