Training on Fire Doors helps you improve your skills, knowledge and competency when inspecting fire doors. By taking part in courses, you’ll be able to:
- Identify the laws, regulations and standards that affect fire doors.
- Recognise the importance and role of fire doors.
- Recall how to find and use certificate data sheets and apply this knowledge in a practical scenario
- Describe what fire doors are made from and explain how they work.
Explain what fire door ratings and configurations are.
- Plan a fire door inspection job.
- Inspect a fire door.
- Describe what to do post-inspection to a client.
How do I know if a fire door is fit for purpose?
As you can see, there are many factors to consider when choosing a fire door. To determine which one is best, the Responsible Person in a business or organisation should carry out a thorough risk assessment. This risk assessment will help the organisation decide what fire doors are needed, where they should be located, and what fire rating they should have.
One way of knowing whether a fire door is fit for purpose is by checking that it’s certified. The door leaf, frame and all components should be certified by an independent third party, such as BWF-Certifire, BM Trada Q-Mark, LPCB, Blue Sky and Kiwa Fire Safety Compliance (Formerly IFC Group).
Third-party certification of fire door assemblies and doorsets means that the product has been tested to British Standard BS 476-22 or European Standard EN 1634-1. And this test must be carried out at a UKAS-accredited test facility.
Fire doors should also carry a label or a plug that points you to a fire door certificate of approval or certificate datasheet. This certificate details all of the compatible components and configurations allowed on a particular door. It will tell you everything you can and can’t do with the door, as well as give information on things like the position of hinges, locks, glazing, the types of seals allowed, and where they can be installed.
It is vitally important that the certificate of approval is followed to the absolute letter. And as an inspector, you must ensure any issues are identified and suitable remedial action is suggested.
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