Author: Georgina Butters

Our doors pass the second of three tests…

For the last few months, Global has been hard at work putting together the plans for the re-launch of our Composite Fire Doors manufacturing programme. With this, we hope to be able to provide our clients with a complete approach to their fire door requirements, being able to both supply and fit fully compliant and secure doors on their projects.

Global understand the importance of the integrity of fire doors, which is why we continue to strive to develop our skills around fabrication and installation, with help from industry leaders such as Winkhaus and Element.

This February, in the run-up to our Composite Door re-launch this May, Global visited the experts at Warrington Fire in High Wycombe to put our fire doors through their Smoke Leakage Test. A branch of Element Materials Technology, Warrington Fire and their technicians were able to carry out exhaustive Smoke Leakage Testing to ensure Global Fire Doors would be able to maintain the integrity of a compartment in the event of a fire. This means that the doors would be able to delay the spread of deadly smoke and fumes throughout a building, reducing the risk to occupants.

Global Doors Pass Smoke Leakage Test
Global Doors Pass Smoke Leakage Test

Important Partnerships

The doors were installed for testing by the wonderful technicians from Winkhaus, who have been supporting us through the process of our relaunch. They have aided us in all testing, including the Security Test conducted by Element Materials Technology in January at their Wednesbury testing facilities, and the further Burn Testing we will be undergoing in March. With their help, the doors we fabricate will have a BM Trada Triple Q Mark, being certified in Smoke, Security and Fire to ensure the highest levels of safety and sustainability for our clients.

We are thrilled to have a strong pass on this test, meaning that all doors manufactured by Global will be created under the smoke leakage certificate EN1634 part 3, attesting to its security against smoke in the event of a fire. With the final assessment, we will be tested to certificate EN1643-1 from the Burn Test, securing our triple Q Mark in Security, Smoke and Fire.

Written by Georgina Butters for and on behalf of Global Group.

Our doors pass the first of three tests…

After the Grenfell Tower Fire shook the industry and the nation, Global took a step back from manufacturing our fire doors whilst new legislation appeared, so that we had time to fully understand the new rules around fire protection and safety. This January, we took another step closer to the re-launch of our door fabricating division, by conducting the PAS 24 Physical Security test with Element Materials Technology on our composite fire doors.

Our new composite doors went under their first of three physical tests to measure their security. The doors were fabricated in our unit by our team, then made their journey to Element Materials Technology in Wednesbury for their Physical Security Testing. In order to conduct the test, the technicians at Element used various different tools in order to test whether the door could withstand the efforts of an ‘opportunistic burglar.’

Triple Safety

At the same time as we develop and test our Global doors, we are working to develop and test ourselves. Whilst we are already BM Trada Q Mark accredited on Fire Door Installation and Fire Door Maintenance, we are working closely with BM Trada to gain our Q Mark in Fire Door Manufacturing with expected completion in Spring, so that the doors we provide can be as compliant as possible.

We’ve been working with Winkhaus to extend our skills and knowledge in fire door fabrication, making use of their expertise to ensure we are creating the safest possible solutions to our clients’ fire door requirements. The doors are triple Q Marked on Smoke, Security and Fire, meaning that as well as testing them to PAS 24, before launch, we will be testing them to EN1634, so we are confident that each and every door is as fire-safe as possible and in line with legislative requirements, and EN1634 part 3, attesting to is security against smoke in the event of a fire.

We were very grateful to Element Materials Technology for conducting the test so efficiently and professionally, and even happier to pass with flying colours! This is just another of many great steps we are consciously taking to ensure that every fire door we produce, install and maintain is as safe as it can possibly be. Fire Safety is at the core of everything we do, and ensuring our clients and their building’s occupants are protected is vital to our mission as a company.

Written by Georgina Butters for and on behalf of Global Group.

Over the last few weeks, Global are thrilled to have been partnering up with the team at Winkhaus to develop our skills and knowledge of composite fire doors. Winkhaus’ extensive expertise in their BM Trada Q Marked fire doors has been incredibly valuable to us, setting out the first steps in our journey with them.

At Global, we set our sights on the manufacturing and fabrication of our own composite fire doors, looking to supply higher quality and safer doors to our projects from our own warehouse. With the help of Winkhaus, we have been able to sit down with some key contacts to learn more about their composite fire doorset solutions, and the features that make them so compliant.

Our team recently had the pleasure of visiting Winkhaus in their Kettering office, sitting down with Technical Director Chris Flaherty and Project Coordinator Simon Eshelby to dive deeper into the formation of their doorsets. We were also lucky enough to have some of Winkhaus’ team visit us in our own warehouse, showing us the specific detailing and components of the doors, and taking us step by step through their meticulous processes.

Why Winkhaus’s doors?

One of the aspects of Winkhaus’ doorsets that have attracted us is the levels of safety they are upheld to, as their passion for fire safety and compliance matches ours here at Global. These doors are not only Q Marked on Fire, but on Security too, following in line with our values of safety. We will be joining the BM Trada Q Mark Fire Door Manufacturer Scheme in order to ensure our doors will be continually meeting the standard of fire door fabrication and upholding the levels of compliance expected from a safe, tested and properly installed fire door.

As a company, we are also concerned with the environmental aspects of everything we manufacture and install. It is important to us that we are actively doing the best we can to ensure our carbon footprint is reduced, as well as our impact on the environment and climate. This is why the design of the doorsets, being made from recycled material, has been a critical aspect of our relationship with Winkhaus, as we are thrilled to share a passion for environmental change and protection.

As well as all of these wonderful aspects, these doorsets enable us to offer our clients more attractive solutions to their projects. They will be able to choose from ranges of colours, door leaf patterns and fire-rated window positions, enabling them to tailor each project even further.

We are delighted to continue this journey with Winkhaus and develop our own knowledge and expertise with their guidance and support and look forward to being able to manufacture and supply even more compliant and safe solutions to our clients.

You can visit Winkhaus’ website here to learn more about what they do!

Written by Georgina Butters for and on behalf of Global Group.

Global HSE are delighted to announce we have achieved UKAS accredited IFC certification. Following successful office and site audits, we have been accepted onto the scheme for the installation and maintenance of Fire Rated Timber Doors.

IFC Certification is a UKAS accredited and internationally recognised provider of high quality, independent third party certification. This accreditation is in line with our company values at Global. It ensures that certified products are installed in line with tested details by our skilled and competent operatives. This gives confidence to our clients, building users, owners and enforcement bodies.

What is IFC Certification?

The IFC Certification Scheme is a voluntary scheme that provides third party certification for contractors who provide a service to the industry of installation of fire protection products, fire suppression and/or smoke control. The scheme is operated in accordance with the requirements of BS EN ISO/IEC 17065:2012.

The scheme covers the installation of a variety of fire protection, fire suppression and smoke control products, systems and assemblies. The certification gives confidence to purchasers, specifiers, main contractors, building owners and operators and regular authorities in the performance and installation techniques of the products. They have piece of mind that installations are completed as per manufacturers details and will perform in the event of a fire.

Timber Doors

Global have a vast amount of experience in the installation and maintenance of timber door sets. Our experienced and qualified team complete works to a high standard of workmanship. This certification adds to our current list of accreditations, giving our clients a range of choice for third party certification.

Compliant fire doors are massively important within the various property types we work on. Due to the nature of the properties we are working in, we need to give clients and building users confidence in the works we complete. This certification gives clients extra confidence in the work we provide. Something which is vitally important within this industry.

Our team have worked hard to achieve this certification and we hope to gain accreditation in further disciplines in the near future.

If you require any fire safety solutions, get in touch with us today.

This week, Global HSE are supporting Fire Door Safety Week. A campaign created to engage and educate building owners and building users on the importance of a fully compliant and functioning fire door.

This blog will help give a better understanding of what is a fire door, the components that make one up and how to maintain and inspect them.

What is a fire door?

Fire doors are a legal requirement in almost all commercial buildings and residential properties – including blocks of flats, sheltered accommodation and multiple occupancy premises.

The doorsets are specifically designed to maintain compartmentation and delay the spread of fire from one area of the building to another. The two most important functions that fire doors have are:

  • When closed, to form a barrier to prevent the spread of fire
  • When opened, to provide a means of escape

They are constructed of materials designed to resist fire for a certain amount of time. The most common fire door categories are FD30 and FD60, which offer 30 and 60 minutes protection. Standard doors will withstand an advanced building fire for only a few minutes and allow the fire and smoke to spread rapidly through a building. This means, in the event of a fire, a normal door is about as protective as no door – and likewise for an open or incorrectly installed fire door.

Regulations and requirements

There are strict regulations and guidelines that property owners must follow to ensure fire doors are fully functional and compliant. Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO), landlords are responsible for ensuring their properties and tenants are safe. The ‘responsible person’ has a legal responsibility under the FSO and can be criminally prosecuted if they do not fulfil their duties.

Fire doors should always be fitted by a competent installer with the correct certification for the products used to make up the door assembly. There is a legal requirement for manufacturers of fire doors to demonstrate the ability of their products to resist the passage and spread of fire. However, these fire resisting capabilities can be compromised if the doors are not properly installed.

Global HSE are accredited to the BM TRADA Q-Mark Installation scheme. This scheme is based on training individuals to ensure doorsets are installed correctly and in accordance with the manufacturers guidelines. Visit our accreditations page to see more of the certifications we hold.

Fire door maintenance

It is essential fire doors are regularly inspected and maintained. Periodic checks should be carried out at least once every six months to inspect the fire door for damage. Any damages may prevent it from performing in the event of a fire. If issues do arise, they should be fixed as soon as possible using compatible, correct fire rated components.

Read our recent blog post to find out how to carry out checks to a fire door.

If you have any queries relating to the installation and maintenance of doors, contact our team through this enquiry form.

Global support Fire Door Safety Week to raise awareness of the importance of fire doors in protecting homes and saving lives.

The Fire Door Safety Week campaign focuses on the critical role of fire doors, drawing attention to specific issues that are often overlooked. Through combined efforts across the industry, we can create awareness of the importance of effective fire door installation and maintenance.

British Woodworking Federation launched the Fire Door Safety Week campaign in 2013. Partners supporting the campaign include the Home Office’s National Fire Safety campaign and London Fire Brigade.

Around 3 million new fire doors are installed across the UK, every year. Fire doors are often the first line of defence in the event of a fire. This can mean the correct specification, maintenance and management can be the difference between life and death for building occupants. Despite this, fire doors still remain a significant area of neglect, often mismanaged, downgraded on specification, damaged and badly maintained.

Campaign Objectives

Fire Door Safety Week has the following objectives:

  • Raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors, drawing attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance.
  • Encourage building owners and users to check the operation and condition of their fire doors and to report those that aren’t satisfactory.
  • Link together the initiatives of many organisations with common interests in the fire door and passive fire protection industries.
  • Engage and educate people, helping the whole building industry and every property owner to understand the correct specification, supply, installation, operation, inspection and maintenance.

Play your Part

Regardless of your position within the industry, the effectiveness of fire doors can affect anyone. Therefore, it is essential we work together to engage and educate the building industry and property owners to understand the correct specification, installation and maintenance of fire doors.

Keep up to date with this campaign on social media by following #FireDoorSafetyWeek. Alternatively click here for advice on building types and read our blog for all things Fire Safety.

Due to the recent government guidelines and changing environment of the current coronavirus situation, we would like to notify our clients and partners on various issues which may arise, and assure you we are doing our part in prioritising the wellbeing of both our employees and clients alike.

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Due to business expansion, we have a exciting Fire Safety Assessor Vacancy available. Global HSE Solutions are looking to hire a Fire Safety Consultant to join our team. We’re looking for someone who can complete fire risk assessments on a range of properties throughout the UK.

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