With many companies moving staff to remote working, the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is highlighting the wide range of online resources it offers to help educate all involved in the built environment. The available material is suitable for installers, designers, specifiers and contractors, as well as building owner occupiers, risk assessors and enforcement agencies.
The ASFP’s online Introduction to Passive Fire Protection is designed to equip new entrants to the sector with a basic knowledge of passive fire protection and its role in the overall fire strategy of a building.
Consisting of 13 short online videos, each around 10-15 minutes in length, the course is designed to provide a broad understanding of the subject of passive fire protection. The learner will gain knowledge of all types of passive fire protection systems; as well as modules on fire safety in buildings; human behaviour in fire; fire testing; contractor responsibilities; and the role of active fire protection.
It includes modules on:
- Fire protection to the structural frame of a building
- Fire resisting walls, floors and ceilings
- Fire stopping and penetration seals, cavity barriers and the building envelope
- Fire resistant ducts and dampers
- Fire resistant doors, shutters and associated hardware
Successful completion of the e-learning course will enable delegates to better understand the role of the various fire safety measures in the built environment, and particularly passive fire protection. However, it does not qualify them to install passive fire protection products or systems.
On completion of an online multiple-choice test, learners receive confirmation of completion and are awarded 3 CPD hours.
The ASFP also offers a range of guidance documents, the majority of which are free to download from the Publications area of the ASFP website. Popular ASFP publications include: Technical Guidance Documents; Advisory Notes; the ASFP Guide to Inspecting Passive Fire Protection for Fire Risk Assessors; the ASFP Guide to Ensuring Best Practice for Passive Fire Protection in Buildings; and the ASFP Colour book series which provides definitive guidance on a range of passive fire protection measures used to protect steelwork, ductwork, partitions, fire stopping and penetrations seals and other components.
The ASFP also offers a free-to-view Video library that covers a range of issues specific to passive fire protection which users in all sectors of construction, from design, to installation and inspection will find beneficial .