Raising standards in passive fire protection - PFPNet

Published:  24 June, 2015

Why MMI Engineering intends to establish an industry group for users of passive fire protection.

A spokesperson for MMI Engineering explained that while conferences and seminars informed on industry events, and manufacturers could provide information on the latest system developments, there was no organised body dedicated to raising standards in the use of passive fire protection.

“PFP has been used extensively within the hydrocarbon industry for many decades to mitigate the effects of fire, saving lives and assets. But despite this track record it is often the case that the users of PFP do not fully understand key aspects of this important subject, and the hydrocarbon industries have not always taken on board the lessons learned from the past. This becomes a real problem as more and more manufacturers enter the market with new and improved products with new features and apparent benefits whilst many of the original materials are still in service.”

Such occurrences are commonly encountered by MMI’s engineers when called to review a PFP application, as MMI’s president Simon Thurlbeck, explained: “MMI Engineering have developed a specialty in consulting related to PFP, and have seen at first hand the results of the misuse and misunderstanding of the systems. To rectify this we are proposing to develop an independent, subscription-funded body, dedicated to raising standards in the use of PFP in industries where hydrocarbons are present.”

The Hydrocarbon Passive Protection Network - or PFPNet – will focused on serving the needs of the users of hydrocarbon fireproofing materials and systems, through a focus on education, training, capturing and retaining existing knowledge, researching key topics, clarifying points of confusion and disseminating this to the membership, and to the industry at large with the aim of improving quality.

To ensure that PFPNet works purely in the interests of the users, it will be managed through an independent steering committee led by John Dunk, who recently retired as director of fire and insulation products at International Paint.

“PFPNet is a unique opportunity for those involved in passive fire protection, be they owners, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and other organisations, to participate in an independent global group dedicated to raising understanding and standards of this important subject. We intend to bring together experts across a broad spectrum of PFP issues to the benefit of members and provide a forum for learning and best practice,” concluded Simon Thurlbeck.

The group is expected to up and running by January 2016. Interested parties should email: info@pfpnet.global.

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