The importance of 3rd party accreditations for fire safety

Written by Désiré Roberts

Written by Désiré Roberts

6 September 2021

Fire safety has come a long way from where it used to be, making significant strides in the last 50 years. As building safety regulations develop and fire protection technology evolves, our world becomes a safer place, at least from domestic fires. In recent years, domestic fires have seen a dramatic decrease in numbers, with 2018/2019 experiencing 36,283 domestic fires, the lowest on record according to Home Office statistics, compared to the whopping 71,082 experienced in 1999/2000. This is an incredible feat and shows the positive impact that fire protection systems have.

However, no matter how safe the industry makes buildings, fires still happen. Many are accidents, but sometimes, even with accidents, there could have been tighter regulations around other variables that could have made a building fire less fatal. One such fire is Grenfell Towers. The fire started on the fourth floor and spread up the building, using the cladding, exterior insulation and air cavity like a thoroughfare. This is where accreditations and active and passive fire protection app solutions can play a more significant role in building and fire safety. 

Why exactly are accreditations important? 

Accountability is a big deal for a lot of industries, especially building safety and fire protection. When buildings are being designed, fire protection should be considered at the design stage. When buildings are being erected, the materials used should be compliant, regulated and proven to be safe. When buildings are being maintained, fire protection systems should always be kept in working order to ensure that should a fire start, its potential spread is reduced and slowed before it can be properly extinguished. Along each of these steps, someone decided and performed an action. Therefore accreditations are important, since they can ensure that companies keep sufficient records of decisions and actions taken and materials used on every job performed. This accountability makes it harder for companies to cut corners, making it safer for people while providing authorities with transparant information should tragedy strike. 

How does Onetrace active and passive fire protection app handle accreditations? 

Onetrace’s entire workflow is built with accreditations in mind. For us, compliance is not an afterthought, it’s a priority because we know how important it is to ensure that all buildings and their occupants are safe. No one wants a repeat of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and so, we work hard to provide fire protection operatives with the tools they need to get the job done, efficiently, productively, and within accreditation compliance standards. 

While Onetrace does not provide the physical accreditations, the workflows support a business’s compliance when used effectively. Recently, we have written about how Onetrace not only supports compliance workflows but the RIBA Plan of Work, which is a complete game changer for anyone in the industry. The construction industry measures their best practice for projects against the RIBA seven-stage Plan of Work, and Onetrace is right there to support your project at every step of the way. One solution, built to support your business, at every stage. 

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