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Clarity for GDPR compliance in 20 minutes: With the free VdS-Quick-Check

On May 25th, every company and every authority in the EU must have implemented the extensive “General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)”. VdS now supports those institutions with a free Web-Quick-Check for the fast determination of their GDPR compliance level – including, where necessary, practical implementation assistance.

Despite its far-reaching requirements, the EU´s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) must be fully implemented until May 25th by every company processing personal data and every public authority in the EU member states (and, at current negotiation status, also the UK).
Therefore VdS has now supplemented its range of data protection services for the practical management of these EU requirements with a free Internet-Quick-Check. On the basis of 26 questions, specifically small and medium-sized businesses as well as smaller authorities can quickly determine their individual level of GDPR compliance. The convenient VdS-traffic-light-system immediately shows any need for action. Included in the evaluation is also precise assistance for any subsequent improvements that may be necessary.
Markus Edel, head of VdS Cyber-Security, explains: “In the new Web-Quick-Check, we have compressed our core support functions for the necessary GDPR implementation – allowing a fast self-analysis of the compliance level in all relevant fields of action.”
The new tool is provided free of charge on vds-quick-check.de/en.

[NEW GUIDELINE] Photovoltaic systems: Recommendations on loss prevention

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PV modules mounted on buildings are on the one hand exposed to the weather, such as wind, snow, hail and temperature fluctuations, and on the other hand joined with adjacent building constructions, which may be thereby affected with regard to their protective functions, e. g rain or fire protection.

This guideline does a run-through the main system hazards and makes some recommendations on prevention measures to be considered during the phases of design, installation and operation.

This guideline is available for free download here

[NEW GUIDELINE] Demountable / Mobile flood protection systems

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According to loss experience losses caused by flooding can be significantly limited by preventive measures. In this context especially stationary protective measures have proved successful. Mobile protection systems can complement or replace stationary protection systems because of operational or areal constraints.

To establish appropriate protection measures the existing hazards must be identified and analyzed as well as the associated risks assessed. The relevant objectives, e. g. the height of protecting wall, are to be defined object-related and depending on the legal requirements and risk assessment.

The guideline “Demountable / Mobile flood protection systems” shows the available systems in the market and their features, and does a run-through the functional characteristics to be considered when choosing a system for mobile flood protection. Some advice for the selection of the type of system is given, based on previous operational experiences. Quality assurance measures required to the systems are also included in the guideline.

This guideline is available for free download here

 

CFPA Europe at SICUR

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President Tore Eriksson from CTIF and Donald Bliss from NFPA is here visiting CFPA E’s exhibition corner. To the right Mirna Rodriguez and Tommy Arvidsson.

SICUR 2018 was held 20 – 23 February in Madrid. SICUR is the International Security, Safety and Fire Exhibition and it was organised by IFEMA. Cepreven, who is the Spanish member of CFPA Europe, had a big showcase and in one part of that booth also CFPA E could inform about our activities and work. There was also a conference and the Director for CFPA E Tommy Arvidsson and the Chair of our Marketing and Information Commission Mirna Rodriguez had a presentation with the title “Fire Prevention in Europe”.

This year version of the exhibition exceeded SICUR 2016 and the exhibition area was 24% bigger and it was much more visitors. “We got many visitors to our corner, and some people stopped for half an hour because they were very interested and impressed about the work that we are doing in CFPA Europe”, said Tommy Arvidsson as a reflection after the days in Madrid.

Swiss TS, Swissi and IWT are becoming Swiss Safety Center AG

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Wallisellen, 3 January 2018 – Swiss TS Technical Services AG, IWT AG (Materials Technology Institute) and Swissi AG (formerly the “Safety Institute”) are merging. As of 1 January 2018, these companies are being combined to form the new Swiss Safety Center AG, which is owned in full by the SVTI Group. For customers and business partners, this means that in future they will have access to an even wider range of services in the areas of technical safety and risk management from a single source, such as

  • certifications of management systems, products and people,
  • systems safety, assembly conformity, functional safety 4.0,
  • safety-related calculations, simulations and model calculations,
  • fire protection, occupational health and safety, operational environmental protection,
  • integral risk management,
  • materials technology, stationary and mobile,
  • destructive and non-destructive testing and damage analyses.

The existing, extensive training offering will also be expanded.

As of 1 January 2018, all rights and obligations of Swiss TS, Swissi and IWT are transferred to Swiss Safety Center AG. The CEO of Swiss Safety Center AG is Dr Raffael Schubiger.

Contact address: Franco Brunner, Marketing/Communications, Swiss Safety Center AG, 8304 Wallisellen franco.brunner@safetycenter.ch, tel. +41 44 877 61 39

Award to Brandforsk at the Swedish FPA

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CFPA E’s member in Sweden, the Swedish Fire Protection Association, has a research organisation that they have responsibility for. The organisation is called Brandforsk, the Swedish Fire Research Board. In October Brandforsk got an Award of knowledge from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).

The Award ceremony was held in Montreal, Canada, on 11th October, and the award was received by CFPA E’s director Tommy Arvidsson, who also is the chair of Brandforsk.

CFPA E has invited to a meeting

In January CFPA E will arrange a meeting with CTIF (International Association of Fire and Rescue Service), FEU (Federation of the European Union Fire Officer Associations) and Insurance Europe. The meeting is a kick off for closer cooperation and also a possibility to agree on important fire safety problems that we together would like to bring to European Commission for discussion.

Fire Safety: Technical Cycle

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For all of those who wish to have a comprehensive knowledge of fire safety, CFPA-Europe has the “Fire Safety – Technical Cycle” course, which has a minimum duration of 15 days, corresponding to 100h of training, and is currently available in Belgium (ANPI), Denmark (DBI), Finland (SPEK), France (CNPP), Germany (VDS), Italy (AIAS), Portugal (APSEI), Spain (CEPREVEN), Sweden (BRANDKYDDSFORENONGEN), Switzerland (SWISSI) and UK (FPA).

Besides the national fire safety regulations, in the course are treated several matters that are fundamental to the understanding of fire safety in buildings, including nature and behaviour of fire, behaviour of elements of structure and materials under fire conditions, control of fire and smoke spread, first-aid fire-fighting equipment, fire detection, design, control and maintenance of fire protection systems (sprinklers and aqueous and non-aqueous systems). In the CFPA-e Fire Safety – Technical Cycle course are also addressed issues as behaviour of people, risk assessment in industrial and commercial premises and fire protection management.

With the completion of the course, are acquired skills in terms of risks identification, control of fire causes and minimization of their consequences, use and application of prevention and protection systems and techniques and the relevant regulations and standards.

We highlight the fact that the course integrates a module on practical firefighting training, in which the trainees have the opportunity to learn to use first-aid fire-fighting equipment, namely fire extinguishers, blankets and hose reels.

The course gives access to the CFPA -Europe Diploma “Fire Safety – Technical Cycle”. In order to access this diploma, trainees need to get approval in a written examination plus a case study management report presented in writing or orally. This case study is based on a simulation of a fire safety audit in an industrial or commercial premise.

The course can be attended by all those involved in fire prevention that wish to deepen their knowledge, namely safety managers, advisers, consultants, experts, consultants in fire prevention, authority staff, inspectors and insurance professionals.

The campaign “K-EINBRUCH“ – punning with an abbreviation of “kein Einbruch” – no intrusion

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Why such a public campaign?

In view of the high figures of intrusion the item protection against intrusion is a special focus in the work of the police criminal prevention. Aim is to sensitize people to see for a self-dependent, effective intrusion protection. With co-operation partners from the insurance associations, the industry and installer companies the police therefore initiated in the year 2012 the nationwide public campaign “K-Einbruch”. The Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr. Thomas de Maizière had the courtesy to act as patron. Ms. Kristina Vogel, as cyclist twice Olympic winner and federal police officer is ambassador of the campaign. The figures of the last years showing steadily raise of intrusion attempts substantiate that prevention measures and prevention by appropriate behavior and the proper security techniques are effective measures. This may definitely be explained by ameliorations in security measures against intrusion in private households. The campaign, therefore, tries to attract also those circles for which intrusion wasn’t subject yet.

Core of the campaign is the web presence www.k-einbruch.de. This offers besides others product neutral information of the police on intrusion protection, an interactive house with clues how to protect ones home as well as information on government aid of intrusion protection. In the category “Partner” website visitors may find the K-EINBRUCH network which is steadily amended. Associations being listed with their logo and links on co-operation partners and companies support the initiative and advise on their own websites the campaign. Vice-verse, this network leads to the websites of the co-operation partners.

The day of the intrusion protection

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A further essential element of the campaign is the „Day of the intrusion protection“. Themed on “One hour more for more security”, this yearly event takes place the day as central European summertime ends and clocks are reset to wintertime. Citizens should benefit from the hour such way gained to read up on intrusion protection and to reflect on how to realize security recommendations in their own course of life. Local police stations as well as the partners of the campaign point to the high figures of home intrusion with a variety of activities and information performances.

 

The „K-EINBRUCH“ Media

In order to give the campaign a corporate identity and to reach recognition a logo with close resemblance to the police seal was developed. For the advertisement of K-EINBRUCH posters, postcards, stickers, information leaflet, announcements and link banners were produced which all partners may use. Partners highlight the day of the intrusion protection with an eye catcher, a striking graphic teaser. The motive of the campaign – a room being obsessed by a burglar, where the open patio door was sprayed with the note “door was tilted” – underlines the experience of the police that burglars often seize the favorable occasion. The note “door was tilted” here is a pointer on careless behavior of citizens and is aimed to create more consciousness to one’s individual responsibility and to engage oneself with the issue intrusion protection.

[QUICK CHECK] Cyber-Security – A Solution for Small and Medium Sized Companies

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A huge number of small and medium size enterprises are highly successful in their branch. The one major condition to gain success is the deliverance of excellent products and service. A second necessity for an effective market presence, especially nowadays, is the use of a high grade and dependable IT infrastructure. And this second mainstay for every company is threatened by specialised criminals. Criminals aiming on data, know how or the mere disturbing of company operation modes to bring harm as an end in itself.

To fight this thread large companies often rely on international standards as ISO 27000. However, this is unconvertible for many smaller market participants. The goal is, to reach the best effect with an affordable method. The so called IT Quick Check, VdS Schadenverhütung (German provider of security tests and certifications) has developed, is offering a solution that is customised for SMEs.

The Quick Check is an internet tool everyone is invited to use totally free of charge. The interested company or person is asked to answer 39 questions related to the company’s internet environment and security. The results of the questionnaire are presented in a pdf the user may download. Every question is rated – is the given solution already good, acceptable or should it be enhanced – and amended with useful hints and explanations. Of course the data used for the Check is treated strictly confidentially.

➡  Start Quick-Check for Cyber-Security

The Fire Sector Summit 2017

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Join FPA at the leading industry conference for key decision makers and influencers in the fire sector on 10-11 October at Aviva Headquarters, London. This year’s event will feature three streams of workshops: Heritage, FRS Interest and Social Housing.

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