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Insurance Europe endorse Guideline

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In April Insurance Europe endorsed CFPA E’s Guideline No. 1:2012 “Protection against flood”. This is the first Guideline they endorse but they will continue with endorsement and have already decided how this work will be done.

“Endorsement from Insurance Europe is very important for all users of our Guidelines and of course it shows that our work is on a high level and that we are on the right track”, said Tommy Arvidsson, Director of CFPA E. “We have also discussions about endorsement with some other organizations and soon we can inform about their first endorsed Guideline.”

Today CFPA E has ratified more than 50 Guidelines. Most of these are about fire safety but there are ten Security Guidelines and six about Natural Hazards.

To download the Guideline click here

Half a century of prevention!

50 years marked by the consequences of the tragedy of the department store “A l’Innovation” in Brussels,

50 years of commitment for ANPI,

50 years of collaboration between the fire brigades of Brussels (today called SIAMU).

Nowadays, by its actions, ANPI asbl is the reference in Belgium that brings together all the actors of  fire prevention (Federal Public Services, representatives of industries, insurance companies, engineering offices, prevention officers).

ANPI is became a source of inspiration in Europe and all over the world.

To celebrate its  50th anniversary, all the ANPI team invites you to join us on Monday 22 May 2017 in Brussels.

Please confirm your attendance before May 15, 2017 through   http://kalahari-registration.be/anpi/  and find enclosed program of the day and roadmap.

Invitation NL  |  Invitation FR

Market surveillance for the smoke alarm devices: Summary of the results

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60 different references of smoke alarm devices have been tested in the frame of market surveillance processes from several countries. The samples have been tested at ANPI according to EN14604 for 6 requirements: battery removal indication, marking and data, directional dependence, initial sensitivity, fire sensitivity, and sound output.

The results have been statistically analysed along 2 axes: requirements and claimed certification scheme. The results provide the occurrence of noncompliances to the requirements. It appears that 33% of the sampled products are not compliant for at least 1 requirement, that 19% of the products have a problem with fire detection, that products which claim at least one voluntary mark certification yield significant better results by a factor 2 to 4 than these claiming CE only.

Complete Article in English

Complete Article in French

Complete Article in Dutch

Big interest for CFPA E

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Tommy Arvidsson, CFPA E and Frank Euler, VdS in the booth at FeuerTRUTZ exhibition in Nuremberg

22-23 February there was a Trade Fair, FeuerTRUTZ Exhibition, in Nuremberg in Germany. CFPA E got a possibility to borrow a corner of VdS (CFPA E’s member in Germany) booth to inform about our organisation and business. Between 400-500 people stoped to get information about us and approximately 60 persons sign for subscription of the Newsletter. ”I had two very busy days but it was great to meet all these people who showed interest of our work”, said Director Tommy Arvidsson. ”I hope we can expose our business in the same way in all countries where we have members”.

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New Guideline on Protection of Business Intelligence

It is human nature to assume that those we meet business are genuine, have integrity and are well-intentioned.  Sadly, in an age of intense business competition this may turn out to be fatally naive.  The readiness of unprincipled individuals and businesses to commit industrial espionage, sabotage and vandalism appears to be on the increase globally.  This impacts the victim organisation through damage to competitiveness, market advantage, reputation and staff morale.  Therefore CFPA Europe has published the Guidelines “Protection of Business Intelligence” (no. 10:2016/S). These valuable guidelines will assist the organisation identify their vulnerabilities, detect the warning signals and take proactive action to implement those countermeasures and controls essential to secure the organisation’s operational and intellectual property.

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New Guideline on Recommendations for the control of metal theft

At times of high market demand for metal as a result of worldwide economic developments, and the correspondingly high prices available for scrap metal, the theft of metal materials, particularly attached to or outside buildings, such as cable, roofing, raw materials and finished products, causes significant disruption to business and community assets and can even result in injury and death.  The problem can be mitigated partly by rigourous controls on scrap metal trading but these should be supported by the type of security options discussed in the new guide published by CFPA Europe: “Recommendation for the control of metal theft” (no. 9:2016/S).

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New Guideline on “Security in Schools”

The managers of our community schools bear a heavy responsibility for the wellbeing, safety and security of pupils whilst in their care. Young minds are especially vulnerable if their experience of school life is characterised by a perception that their school lacks control over property and personal crime and a generally threatening environment.

Furthermore it goes without saying that the financial costs of inadequate risk management of criminal behaviour and natural hazards is particularly significant for the educational sector which, in most countries, experiences continuous budgetary pressure.  Assaults on pupils and teachers, whilst thankfully uncommon, are on the increase and the assailant is usually legitimately on the premises rather than an outsider.  The contents of schools – computers, musical instruments, video equipment etc, unavoidably invites petty theft and catastrophic loss through arson is an ever present risk.

Security risks are therefore wide ranging. The new CFPA-Guidelines “Security in Schools” (no. 8:2016/S) describe how they are manifested in schools and the sensible, practical and cost effective protection strategies and measures available to management.

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New Guideline on Developing Evacuation and Salvage Plans for Works of Art and Heritage Buildings

Those responsible for the safe preservation of our cultural heritage bear a heavy responsibility, particularly as the buildings and objects in their custody, or under their control, are usually irreplaceable.  Responsible custodians and conservators are generally conscious of the need to keep property safe from accident, mishandling, negligence and natural hazards and can be expected to recognise the importance of fire and security risk management but it is all too easy to overlook the need to have in readiness a current and rehearsed plan for the minimisation of loss or damage in the event of a catastrophic event such as a fire or flood.  Prompt and effective action in such a crisis greatly increases the chance of valuable property being rescued or salvaged.

The CFPA-guideline “Developing Evacuation and Salvage Plans for Works of Art and Heritage Buildings” (no. 7:2016/S) will help establishments entrusted with art and heritage property such as museums, libraries, archives, and churches plan for the safe preservation of exhibits in the event of a catastrophic event such as a fire or flood, when timely action is critical.  Adoption of the guidance will also have the incidental effect of mitigating risks to the building itself.  Others with custody of art property such as warehouses, forwarding companies, galleries and trade exhibition centres will also find the document highly relevant.

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Save the date: 4th international VdS conference “Fire Protection Systems” in April 2017 in Poland

On April 27th, 2017, the fourth international VdS-conference on fire protection systems will take place in Warsaw (Poland). International experts from insurance sector, industry and fire protection organisations will make presentations on the following topics:

  • Legal and quality marks for fire protection products and systems
  • Fire protection installation from the insurers’ point of view
  • Sprinkler system design for storage facilities
  • Water mist system technology, VdS 3188
  • Fire Detection Systems in Power Stations
  • Gas extinguishing systems – Guidelines and practical experiences
  • Reliable fire protection by spark extinguishing systems
  • Experiences from Fire tests with Lithium-ion-batteries

In addition there will be an exhibition over two days at the conferences site. At the evening of June 26th a get-together with possibilities to visit the exhibition will be held.

“This is already the 4th conference in Warsaw, and we will offer also in 2017 an exciting information forum for planners, installers and operators of fire protection systems, as well as for fire protection engineers, fire safety officers from all industries and loss prevention experts from the insurance industry”, Tomasz Afeltowicz-Schultz, Head of VdS offices Poland and Director of the event says. “And the conference exhibition with renowned specialist companies offers also this time the optimal opportunity for the professional exchange of fire protection experts.”

Conference languages are Polish and English with simultaneous translation.

The participants of the VdS-conference have also the possibility to visit the conference of the European Fire Sprinkler Network (EFSN) on April26th, 2017, at the same place at a reduced price.

You will find more information by visiting the conference-web site at www.vds.de/conference-pl

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Typical fire hazards in industry and business enterprises: 4 films on one DVD on the topic of loss prevention

Publications of the German Insurers (GDV) for property loss prevention

The films visualize typical fire hazards in industrial and business enterprises. They explain recurring situations at risk inspections by fire insurers and illustrate complex fire protection issues. Effects of fires and appropriate measures to prevent damage are shown in the films.

The films can be used as an aid in advising policyholders in fire protection. They are also suitable for the training of staff and as a teaching tool in fire protection training.

Contents:

4 films on one DVD on the topic of loss prevention in both German and English.

Film 1: Storage of combustible material close to buildings

Fire hazards through for example wooden pallets  by an outside wall, fire spread in the building, effectiveness of a sprinkler system

Film 2: Fire loads in production and storage areas

Risks through combustible packaging and storage materials, benefits and impact of automatic fire extinguishing systems

Film 3: Machinery fire hazards

Machinery fires, flammable liquid fires, spray fire, effect of  local protection systems (object extinguishing systems)

Film 4: Electrical devices

Fire hazards through battery chargers, testing and thermography of electrical devices

Language: German/English

Picture format: 16:9 PAL

Running time: approx. 32 minutes

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For further information please have a look at https://shop.vds.de/en/product/vds-3401/ or contact verlag@vds.de