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Fire Prevention and Protection

Accredited health, safety and firefighting training needed

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2011 South Africa needs broad-based first aid and fire-fighting training, in schools and in the corporate sector, to improve the successful management of emergencies, says health and safety training and equipment provider Action Training Academy (ATA) director Alastair Farish. 

More fire prevention responsibility falls on management

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2011 Senior management is becoming increasingly responsible for the implementation of fire-prevention and protection measures on company premises. 

Grants for thermal imaging technology increase

15th April 2011 Governmental grants and private funding have increased and enabled many departments in public and private entities to buy thermal imaging equipment over the past few years, says safety equipment manufacturer MSA Africa thermal imaging technologies product manager Robbie Taitz. 

Fire stop installers consulted to improve safety

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2011 Construction industry supplier Hilti South Africa is aiming to improve the product and installation quality in the fire compartmentalisation industry by consulting with fire-containment system installers and fire-protection inspection authorities. 

New aspirating smoke detectors made available

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2011 Aspirating smoke detectors (ASDs), which continuously sample the air in a building for smoke, have been developed for use in industrial applications, says early warning safety company Xtralis regional sales manager Lauren Sher. 

Building refurbishment offers new potential opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2011 The refurbishment of old buildings is a significant potential market for the fire containment, prevention and protection industries, says construction industry supply specialist Hilti South Africa fire stop product engineer Sidney Zeeman. 

Fire and CO detector improves protection of human life

15th April 2011 A new generation of Sinteso detectors, made by global electronics and electrical engineering company Siemens, not only detect fires reliably but also set off an alarm when dangerous concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO) are reached. 

Gas detection, 
telemetric monitoring for early warnings

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2010 Gas detection and telemetric monitoring systems in fire fighters’ equipment enable commanders to track the movement of fire fighters inside a building, to give an early warning of gas levels and to determine how much air is left inside an oxygen tank. 

Online university expands its reach

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2010 Safety solutions company DuPont Protective Technologies will make its on-line worker safety university available to trainers and selected end-users of DuPont safety equipment. This remote university currently makes safety practices in chemical and thermal occupational safety available to DuPont... 

Increasing awareness to fireproof operations

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2010 Abrasion, corrosion and insulation specialist company Uretech sees a much bigger drive among heavy industry companies to fireproof the parts of their operations where fires can start or where equipment can be damaged by fire, says Uretech operational director Robert Martin. 

Specialist says systems must be fit-for-purpose

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2010 Fireproofing systems must be designed to be effective in the specific application it is installed in, as there are no one-size-fits-all solutions that can be used, says fireproofing specialist BICS Fireproofing MD Jim Kerr. 

Fire safety rules, emergency response plan critical

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2010 Companies in South Africa must enforce fire safety rules and must have an emergency response plan. This includes training staff on how to act in the event of an emergency, keeping records of fire and safety drills and checking fire protection equipment, says fire safety organisation South African... 

National standard revision under way

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2010 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is in the final stages of revising the national standard that governs portable fire extinguishers to align with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard, says fire protection equipment manufacturer Centa group chairperson Duncan Boyes. 

Fire suppression system used in paper mill

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2010 The Watermist fire suppression system, in use in packaging manufacturer Nampak’s paper mill, in Rosslyn, Pretoria, uses a fine mist to suppress fires, resulting in little to no water damage to equipment. 

Business needs to consider occupational safety - Safma

By: Fatima Gabru     17th April 2009 A constant challenge faced by accredited fire and first-aid training provider South African Fire and Medical Academy (Safma) is that there are too many businesses that place production above fire and occupational risk to employees, says Safma director Mark Ackers 

Building regulations undergo final review 

By: Fatima Gabru     17th April 2009 Public comments on the draft revision of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) 0400, which is the Code of Practice for the application of the National Building Regulations, are currently under the last phases of review by SABS draft committee.  

Fire engineering services witness growing demand

By: Fatima Gabru     17th April 2009 A growing demand for the services of the fire engineering division of multidisciplinary engineering group WSP Consulting Engineers SA has been bolstered by the employment of fire technician Steve Newman 

Fireproofing contractor launches UK-line smoke curtains

17th April 2009 South African passive fireproofing contractor Bics Fireproofing has announced the launch of the Coopers range of automatic fire and smoke curtains in the country. 

Quality not a compromise for the safety conscious

By: Fatima Gabru     17th April 2009 While cheap imports do, from time to time, affect the business of global safety product manufacturer and supplier, MSA Africa, clients in the petrochemical industry, who value occupational safety, have not compromised on quality over price, MSA product manager Dharmesh Lakmidas comments. 

Heat management company to launch new fire prevention products

17th April 2009 Heat management solutions company Insulcon South Africa is set to launch KeraFire fire-prevention bricks, panels and spray on the local market. 

Gas company prides itself on occupational risk hazard

By: Fatima Gabru     17th April 2009 Industrial gas manufacturing and supply company Air Products has conducted over three and a half years of incident free work time at its Kempton Park repackaging plant, the company's for industrial packaged gases production manager, Hein Brink, tells Engineering News. 

New high-mobility Unimog makes its mark

17th April 2009 A new high-mobility Unimog U 4000 and U 5000 model range is set to find use in South Africa's fire-fighting, disaster aid, energy and transport sectors. 

New standards to govern sprinkler installation systems 

By: Loni Prinsloo     4th April 2008 The Automatic Sprinkler Inspection Bureau (ASIB) is currently rewriting the rules that govern sprinkler installations for fire prevention and protection. This will be the eleventh edition of rules published by the ASIB.  

Association kindles fire prevention, protection standard improvement

By: Loni Prinsloo     4th April 2008 The Fire Detection Installers Association’s (FDIA’s) goal of uplifting standards in the fire prevention and protection industry is being hampered, owing to a lack of government legislation and laws regarding fire prevention and protection, the association tells Engineering News. 

Valve specialist expand fire protection valve range

By: Loni Prinsloo     4th April 2008 Industrial valves, control valves, control systems and instrumentation supplier Inbal South Africa has extended its range of fire protection valves. 

Fire detection technology supplied to Maponya mall

4th April 2008 The wholly owned subsidiary of the General Electric Company, GE Security’s fire detection technology is making Soweto’s flagship mall a safe place to shop. 

Engineering consultancy provides fire services to high-profile projects

By: Loni Prinsloo     4th April 2008 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP's fire engineering department is currently providing fire services to a number of high-profile construction projects in the country. 

Ventilation fans meet international standards

4th April 2008 entilation company Donkin Fans has launched the Fumax fan, the first approved South African manufactured smoke ventilation fan to meet BSEN 12101 requirements. 

Voice evacuation systems could improve protection efficiency

By: Loni Prinsloo     4th April 2008 Components manufacturer Bosch South Africa is recommending voice evacuation systems to be included in the fire-safety requirements for the development of the 2010 FIFA stadiums in South Africa. 

Increasing opportunities encourage fire division expansion

By: Neal Goldwyer     6th April 2007 The South African office of WSP Consulting Engineers is planning to expand its fire division to meet industry demand for professionally qualified fire technicians. A number of high-profile local and international projects are nearing completion and the division hopes to take advantage of the... 

Association urges new paraffin appliance standards

By: Neal Goldwyer     6th April 2007 Manufacturers, retailers and distributors of paraffin appliances met with government, NGOs and regulatory body representatives in Pretoria at the beginning of March to learn that it is now illegal to distribute noncompliant non-pressurised paraffin appliances. 

No gains to be had from hampering accreditation�

By: Neal Goldwyer     6th April 2007 The training standards and quality management authority responsible for accrediting training providers in the areas under local government jurisdiction, such as fire prevention and protection training, has been accused of placing undue obstacles in the path of accreditation. 

Landmark developments water-protected against fire

By: Neal Goldwyer     6th April 2007 Fixed fire protection engineering firm Hamon SA is currently engaged on two large system installations for two conspicuous commercial architectural developments in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs. Hamon specialises in automatic sprinkler systems and special risk assessments for industry and... 

Fire suppression system boasts improved efficiency, reduced harmful emissions

By: Clement Deane     3rd November 2006 Gas manufacturer Afrox in 2005 became involved with an Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL)-listed fire-suppression system called Afrox FS 125. 

‘Uphold the law – or you may get burnt’

By: Matthew Hill     7th April 2006 Chubb Fire national accounts operations manager John Knighton tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview that it is a legal requirement for property and business owners to have their fire-protection equipment serviced, and that the service provider is approved. 

New premises for fire protection company

By: Matthew Hill     7th April 2006 In December last year Security and Fire Projects (SFP) moved into its new, purpose-built premises in Ormonde, which at 2 000 m2 is some 1 200 m2 larger than its previous premisis. 

New confederation for fire-protection industry

By: Matthew Hill     7th April 2006 The fire-protection industry has been fragmented in the past, Fire Protection Association of Southern Africa (FPASA) MD Peter Davey reports in an exclusive interview with Engineering News. “Every company was focused on its own particular products, and did not communicate well with other... 

New temperature-monitoring system arrives in South Africa

By: Matthew Hill     7th April 2006 In November last year Bartec, of Germany, launched RedGuard, a new all-in-one temperature-monitoring system for industrial applications. Bartec South Africa heating manager Neil Syrett reports to Engineering News that RedGuard Temperature Monitoring System is ideally suited to applications such... 

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