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Gent by Honeywell - CPD Seminar Information

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Gent by Honeywell have 14 CPD seminars that are recognised as the fire industry’s principal education forum.

All seminars listed below are CPD Certified and include certificates of completion for attendees. The training courses cover all aspects of the Fire Detection Industry including; Legislation, Building Regulations, Standards, Voice Alarm and Emergency Lighting.

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False Alarms Be-gone - Duration: 90 minutes
This is a guide to understanding how and why false alarms occur and what can be done to reduce them.

Who Should Attend: Designers, installers and maintainers of fire detection and alarm systems

External Approval: CPD Service

We describe common everyday problems and provide solutions to reduce and/or potentially avoid future false alarms.

Whilst it may be impossible to eliminate them completely, we investigate available systems and technologies along with good management and maintenance of systems to reduce them to a manageable level.

Comply, Stay Alive! - Duration: 1 hour
Gain knowledge of how the latest standards & fire technology is being implemented to prevent tragedies

Who Should Attend: Designers, installers and maintainers of fire detection and alarm systems

External Approval: CPD Service

This CPD investigates a tragic fire incident that occurred at a care home in Scotland. It follows a video developed by the Scottish Fire Brigade that highlights, in detail, what went wrong and how lives could have been saved.

Certificates of completion are awarded to attendees completing the course.

EN54-23 Made Easy - Duration: 1 hour
An overview of the new EN54-23 regulations for selecting and designing visual alarms devices (VADs)

Who Should Attend: Risk Assessors, building management, designers, installers and maintainers of fire detection and alarm systems

External Approval: CPD Service

During the session you will gain an understanding of the key drivers of this new standard and what has changed since its introduction. You will also see some standard examples of when Visual Alarm Devices (VADs) should be used and selecting the right devices depending on the environment.

You will also gain knowledge of how the standard has been incorporated into BS5839 pt 1 and what tools are available to make life easier for designers.

Striking the Balance - Duration: 1 hour
A guideline for reducing false alarms without compromising the detection of real fires quickly

Who Should Attend: M&E Consultants, Building Owners, Facility Managers and anyone else involved in the design and provision or maintenance of an automatic fire detection system

External Approval: CPD Service

This presentation contains guidelines for improving fire detection and alarm system design. It shows how it is possible to strike a balance between detecting real fires quickly whilst minimising the risk of false alarms. This is not a new issue but has become more sensitive in light of new fire legislation in the whole of the UK which has seen some Fire Authorities reducing the level of their response depending upon the number of false alarms from problem sites.

This CPD examines some of the common causes of false alarms, and how to reduce these through improved design practice and innovative technology available in the market. Equally it looks at the methods to improve accurate fire detection and highlights the importance of predicting the types of fires likely in certain environments and matching this risk with the best possible fire detection solution.

Playing with Fire - Duration: 1 hour
A look at the provision of a new fire alarm system and why many do not comply to the latest standards

Who Should Attend: M&E Consultants, End Users, Architects or anyone involved in the process of providing or maintaining an automatic fire detection system

External Approval: CIBSE, CPD Service, IEI

This presentation concentrates on the process in the provision of a new fire alarm system and examines the reasons why over 90% of systems installed today do not comply to the current British Standard. In reality 90% of current Fire Certificates are not worth the paper they are written on.

This is a potentially contentious presentation that raises some alarming issues within the current practice of supplying a fire alarm system.

It is a good starting point for anyone who is planning to provide a fire detection system to ensure the mistakes of the past are not repeated.

It discusses the benefits of the two Quality Assurance schemes that exist today and how an individual and/or organisation can attain third party accreditation as a supplier of a new fire system for the protection of life and property from fire.

Protect your Investment - Duration: 1 hour
Why it is important under current legislation that your fire detection systems are properly maintained

Who Should Attend: Building owners and building occupiers, Facility Managers, M&E Consultants, and anyone else involved in the maintenance of the fire detection and alarm system

External Approval: CPD Service

This CPD reminds all building owners/occupiers why it is important, under current legislation, that your building’s fire detection system is properly maintained. It reviews the responsibilities of the owner/occupier and of the service provider towards protecting employees, visitors, property and importantly, your investment.

The presentation describes in detail what the building owner should expect from a qualified service provider, what the code of practice BS 5839-1: 2002 recommends for tests and service, and identifies the documentation that should be maintained by the responsible building owner/occupier.

Open, Closed... Confused? - Duration: 1 hour
A CPD guide to the Protocol argument within the fire alarm industry

Who Should Attend: Those involved in designing, installing, commissioning, maintaining and servicing Fire systems, within the fire industry. Also Specifiers and Consultants, or anyone interested in the debate of protocol in the market place.

External Approval: CPD Service

This Seminar helps to clarify mixed messages within the industry with regard to Fire Alarm Protocols, in particular Open and Closed.

It will identify what advantages and disadvantages both of these have, as well as explaining what impact it has on the fire alarm industry when choosing and purchasing manufacturers and their equipment.

Shut that Door - Duration: 1 hour
A guideline to the monitoring and activation of door release mechanisms controlled by a Fire alarm system

Who Should Attend: Designers, Installers & Service providers

External Approval: CPD Service

This seminar highlights the recommendations for design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of the electrical control arrangements for the activation of mechanisms that unlock, release or open doors.

The main part of the seminar looks at how correctly operating door release mechanisms can restrict the spread of a fire within a building and where electronically activated mechanisms may need to be updated in order to meet the recommendations of BS7273 part 4.

There is focus on the Risk Assessment stage and the correct fitting of devices according to the agreed ‘fire plan’ for the buildings. The seminar also looks at automatic fail-safe triggers for any faults on the equipment, wiring or power supplies and how it applies to all aspects of the interface between these devices and the fire detection control panel.

Lastly, the Seminar looks at the importance of verifying the fire panel’s compliance with the requirements on systems, which includes ensuring knowledge of commissioning and periodical tests for maintenance especially for complex fire plans and FDA systems.

Raising The Standards - Duration: 2 hours
Overview of BS 5839-1: 2000, the Code of Practice for fire detection system design/installation in the UK

Who Should Attend: M&E Consultants, End Users, Architects or anyone involved in the process of providing or maintaining an automatic fire detection system

External Approval: CIBSE, CPD Service, IEI

This presentation is an overview of the revised British Standard BS 5839-1:2002, which is the Code of Practice for system design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems within the UK and Northern Ireland. It is aimed at advising any professional party involved in providing a system, with advice on what is required in each step of the process, as well as explaining to the end user and their service provider what their ongoing responsibilities are during the life of the system.

The presentation details the tasks and skills required by designers, installers, commissioning engineers, service providers and end users and highlights the certificates they are expected to sign after completion of their work. It also briefly mentions the two Quality Assurance schemes currently available within the industry, which, if followed, will guarantee the system continues to comply with the requirements of the standard.

Watching the Detectors - Duration: 1½ hours
A guideline for the selection, spacing and siting of particular detectors in all types of buildings

Who Should Attend: M&E Consultants, End Users, Architects or those involved in the process of providing or maintaining an automatic fire detection system

External Approval: CIBSE, CPD Service, IEI

This presentation looks at why the correct choice of fire detector is important in protecting life and property from fire. It concentrates on the types and selection of particular detectors as well as the spacing and siting of them within all types of building. It looks specifically at Sections 21 & 22 of the revised British Standard BS 5839-1: 2002 and is therefore suitable for anyone involved with the design of a system as well as the ongoing servicing.

It provides some practical advice on where detectors should be sited and gives some examples of where this has gone wrong in the past. Finally it reminds the designer of their responsibilities and whom they should consult before completing the design process.

Don't Be Alarmed - Duration: approx 1 hour
A guideline for designers on the use of VA–PA systems incorporating requirements of BS5839 part 8: 2008

Who Should Attend: M&E Consultants, End Users, Architects or anyone involved in the process of providing or maintaining an advanced fire detection system used in conjunction with VA–PA

External Approval: CPD Service

This presentation is aimed at providing an awareness of the requirements of the latest British Standard with regards to designing a voice alarm system, and identifying various product solutions available on the market today.

It provides some background research and explains the benefit of having voice alarm messages, as opposed to simple sounders. It will highlight some of the main difficulties in system design particularly paying attention to intelligibility, which is the key differentiator between good and bad design. It certainly provides any ‘would be’ designer with the basic background to VA, the system types as defined in the Standard and offers some additional advice on how someone could advance their knowledge on the subject.

It will provide details of the most common product solutions including speech sounders, central rack and distributed amplifier systems that incorporate Public Address and Fireman’s microphones.

Comply Don't Fry - Duration: 1 hour
A presentation relating to what is actually required under current and forthcoming legislation/standards

Who Should Attend: This seminar will be particular useful to End Users or people responsible for life safety within properties they own or manage

External Approval: CPD Service

This presentation starts by looking at current legislation and provides an overview of forthcoming new legislation, paying particular attention to The Fire & Rescue Services Act 2004, and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order implemented in October 2006. As most of the new legislation is based on a risk assessment rather than a prescriptive approach, we have included a guideline on what a Fire Risk assessment entails and how the government guidelines give further help in meeting this new requirement.

Another Act which affects the provision of the fire detection system is The Equality Act 2010 (formerly The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 part III), which requires additional consideration to the provision of a fire detection system. Other documents, whilst not legislative requirements in their own right, do provide the detail of what you should provide for the system – the Building Regulations approved documents B & M and the British Standard for fire systems BS 5839-1: 2002.

Finally the third party quality assurance or third party accreditation schemes, which will be required by the Fire Services and Insurers as this new legislation becomes effective, are reviewed.

Fire! What Fire? - Duration: 1 hour
Guideline for designers on the use of sounders/how they are used within an advanced fire detection system

Who Should Attend: Fire system designers, installers, maintenance engineers

External Approval: CPD Service

The seminar will look at why we need sounders and what we need to achieve in order to comply with the requirements of the British Standard. In addition, a review of the types of sounders commonly used and how they can be combined into single devices which will help installation costs.

The main part of the seminar looks at how to make simple calculations in order to be able to ensure that when a fire detection and alarm system is installed it meets the requirements of BS5839 Part 1 2002.

In addition the seminar covers the requirements of The Equality Act 2010 (formerly The Disability Discrimination Act 1995), and the different methods and strategies for evacuating a building and some rules around this area.

Finally the seminar will cover testing and certification along with 3rd party accreditation schemes in the industry

Breaking the code - Fire Safety in the NHS - Duration: 1½ hours
The impact on the requirements of the provision of a fire detection system within NHS healthcare premises

Who Should Attend: Health Estates Fire Officers, Fire system designers, consultants and contractors involved in NHS fire designs and specifications

External Approval: CPD Service

This seminar details the effect on the requirements of the provision of a Fire detection system within NHS healthcare premises, in light of current Legislation, British Standards and Codes of Practice.

This seminar provides guidance on the design and installation of new fire detection and alarm systems for NHS healthcare premises. It highlights the requirements that are detailed in the NHS Firecode HTM 05-02 in addition to those required by BS 5839-1 2002.

The seminar considers the means by which the new Firecode requirements for measures to reduce unwanted fire alarms, a site-wide fire safety strategy and specific evacuation procedures can be applied.

Finally the seminar will cover the importance of 3rd party accreditation schemes in the industry for products and services.

What? No Wires! - Duration: 1 hour
What considerations need to be made when using ‘wire free’ technology to install a fire detection system

Who Should Attend: Designers, installers and maintainers of wireless fire detection and alarm systems

External Approval: CPD Service

This presentation contains guidelines on the considerations that need to be made when using ‘wire free’ technology to install a fire detection system. Elements that will be covered in the seminar are as follows:

  • Considerations when selecting a radio linked fire alarm system
  • Applications where radio systems may be appropriate
  • Recommendations and differences between BS5839-1:2002+A2:2008 and the requirements within BS EN54-25:2008
  • A designers guide to some of today’s solutions: Comparison between Wired and Radio systems / Whole life cycle costs / Comparison between some common radio based solutions / Detection and alarm devices & battery life expectancy

Central Battery Systems - Duration: 1 hour
A CPD guide to the Design and Application of Emergency Lighting Central Power Systems

Who Should Attend: Designers, installers and maintainers of central power supply systems

External Approval: CPD Service

The CPD examines the applications that central supply systems can be used for along with information on the components, wiring and testing requirements that should be carried out in order to ensure it complies with the relevant standard.

Aspirating Smoke Detection - Duration: 1 hour
A CPD guide to Aspirating Smoke Detection Systems in accordance with BSEN54-20

Who Should Attend: Designers, installers and maintainers of fire detection and alarm systems

External Approval: CPD Service

The Aspirating Smoke Detection CPD is a guide to understanding how Aspirating Smoke Detectors (also known as Air Sampling Smoke detectors) work and also what environments are best suited for this type of fire detection. The CPD course also covers what the key considerations should be when designing and installing aspirating systems.

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