Comms manufacturer recognised for implementing a challenging radio system that enhanced safety for the world’s largest particle accelerator. 

ICC revises International Fire Code and International Fuel Gas Code to prohibit the unsafe practice that killed six workers in a tragic explosion at the Kleen Energy power generation facility in Middletown, Connecticut.

FM Global’s technology previously patented in the US prevents sprinkler water droplets from impinging heat-sensing elements of nearby sprinklers.

US Chemical Safety Board releases five-minute animation illustrating ‘high temperature hydrogen attack’.

Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection, and Extinguishing Equipment is the most substantial update since 1952.

Modern buildings are fitted with numerous technical installation services for power supply, computer networks and transportation of water and sewage. In many cases these services penetrate fire separations in places that are mostly hidden away above ceilings and in alcoves – so it is especially important that these penetrations are fitted with suitable protection that fulfil the fire safety requirements, writes SP Sweden project manager Stefan van de Wetering.

The challenges of setting up industrial fire brigades in high-risk locations such as Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan: exclusive interview with Kevan Whitehead of Stirling Group.

Crystal maker had failed to inspect or test vessels and to heed earlier warning about risk to the public.

NFPA 56 – Standard for Fire and Explosion Prevention During Cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems – exceeds the requirements of the US Chemical Safety Board recommendation concerning the Kleen Energy accident.

Protecting buildings of special interest, submitted by Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector, Building Technologies Division - preview of the next issue of Industrial Fire Journal.

Problem leads one company to carry out urgent remedial work on 5% of a site’s population of trunnions.

Pool fire

Ignition of pool fire in a test of a water mist system according to IMO 1165. Kristian Hox, SINTEF NBL

Chief Scientist at SINTEF to start research work for an optional extinguishing system to CO2.

Pyranova hit by bullets

Bombardment of a pane of Pyranova secure that was subjected to a fire test for 30 minutes with a 9 mm Luger army pistol. The extremely hot glass laminate from Schott resists three shots fired from a 9 mm caliber gun at a speed of 400 m/s. Picture: Schott.

Schott successfully tests Pyranova and Novolay to fire and bullet attack tests.

Heavy fuel oils to be re-categorised as ‘petroleum products’ rather than ‘dangerous to the environment' – will result in significant changes to qualifying inventories.

A fixed fire fighting system, which has not previously been used for fires in tunnels is to be tested by SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden. 

CSB releases video safety message calling for regulatory coverage of reactive chemicals following the massive ammonium nitrate explosion that killed at least 14 people and devastated the town of West, Texas, on April 17, 2013.

Small data and telecoms centres worldwide have a new technology option when it comes to fire protection – and the good news is that it doesn’t require room integrity. Jose Sanchez talks with Victaulic’s Frank Barstow about the Vortex hybrid system.

Emergency Management Improvement Programme for nuclear management company Sellafield.

US Chemical Safety Board determines OSHA response to seven open CSB recommendations on dust, fuel gas, and process safety management to be “unacceptable;” board votes to designate a combustible dust standard as “most wanted”

By 2014, commercial and industrial property insurer FM Global aims to start carrying out risk service testing and modelling of fires for clients – Hemming Fire speaks with Chief Engineering Technical Specialist (UK) Allan Macpherson about the benefits that the open source fire modelling project will bring to the warehousing industry.

Written by Henry Persson of the SP Institute of Sweden and published by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), the publication is now available for download.

When the fire protection industry became aware of potential damage occurring to hard disk drives during discharges of automated dry extinguishing systems, Siemens decided to find an answer to the problem, writes Switzerland-based Juan Jose Merlo Latorre of Siemens, Infrastructure & Cities Sector, Building Technologies Division.

21 things you need to know about the upcoming EU Directive on Safety of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations.

Marioff receives extended FM approval for its gas-driven pump unit and a new FM approval for its sprinkler pump unit (SPU) which use HI-FOG water mist fire protection system.

Piper 25 – conference presentations and videos available here.

Preliminary findings of the CSB investigation into West fertiliser explosion and fire make for uncomfortable reading.

A new publication from Rockwell Automation looks at the principles and standards relating to safety in process applications and discusses how to implement effective solutions.

The Fifth International Fire Fighting Foam Conference held in March at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton (UK) saw the world’s foremost experts gathered together to discuss the many issues that revolve around the extinguishing media of choice for life/death situations in high-risk environments – foam. 

Kentec’s fire control panels protect the £27m new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard. Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will, architect for the interior; Wilkinson Eyre Architects, architect and design team leader.

Kentec fire control panels are at the heart of a fire system that’s designed to protect the stunning and unique £27m new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard where King Henry VIII’s flagship is now housed.

The Quasar 900 gains third party approval to FM6325 standard and has also successfully been tested to European EN-60079-29-4.

Energey Institute model provides guidance on selecting, implementing and monitoring the continuing performance of installation-specific justified risk reduction measures.

TechXchange will provide training services to fire and mechanical installers, contractors, specifiers and engineers who design and install fire protection and mechanical solutions, throughout the EMEA region.

A unique fire fighting technology that can also be used for cleaning up spillages of hydrocarbons is finding a new application in refineries and tank storage farms. Jose Sanchez speaks with Bioversal’s Technical Director Ioannis Athanasiou.

An agenda packed with thought-provoking presentations combined with an audience full of experienced professionals made the Multi-Tank Fire Fighting Strategy Workshop that took place in September an overwhelming success, reports Jose Sanchez de Muniain.

It is time to get rid of the ‘Fire Risk Assessment’ process and replace it with a system that works, writes Paul Bryant.

Model ESFR-25 can now be used in ceilings up to 48 feet high.

Four additional new Ziegler Z8 Crash Rescue Tenders are turned over to the Airport Authority.

Gent by Honeywell system installed in new flagship production plant in Cardiff.

ASTM oil spill response standard is proposed.

The UK Health and Safety Executive warns operators that fire resistant composite materials, especially FRP deck gratings, used offshore may fail, or lose integrity, after exposure to relatively short duration hydrocarbon pool fires.

Organised by UK company Hawkes Fire, this event took place in September and proved extremely popular, attracting a good mix of municipal and private sector delegates.

Al Thornton, Global Market Manager, DuPont Fire Extinguishants.

Al Thornton, Global Market Manager, DuPont Fire Extinguishants, answers some of the common questions surrounding clean agents. Clean agents have been used since the early 1900s but due to toxicity concerns general acceptance didn’t really occur until the introduction of Halons (mainly Halon 1301 and Halon 1211) in the 1960s. Research into the reasons for depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer in the 1970s and 1980s led to the Montreal Protocol which resulted in the prohibition of Halon in most countries and newer non-ozone depleting alternatives were introduced.

At the Time of 2010 Gulf Blowout, Transocean, BP, industry associations, and Government offshore regulators had not effectively learned critical lessons from 2005 BP Texas City refinery explosion in implementing safety performance indicators.

CSB board members and staff will hear from experts on the importance of using effective safety indicators during two-day public hearing.

Under the six-figure, four-year contract the company will help train 5,000 petrochemical workers in the Sultanate of Oman.

The Passive Fire Protection Federation (PFPF) supports the project that aims to study structural safety in high rise buildings.

Networking solution ideal for control panels in sites spanning over three km.

“Hot work: hidden hazards” shows danger of inadequate gas monitoring safety.

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