Dubai, Uae (PressExposure) December 01, 2012 -- International Safety Experts to Discuss Topics Vital to Region
The recent rash of catastrophic fires in high-value properties has brought the issues of fire codes, regulations and standards into sharp focus around the Middle East. The tremendous amount of damage to people and property caused by fires has led to greater emphasis being placed by local authorities on stringent implementation of fire safety codes and standards.
Regional governments, including the UAE, are currently working on further strengthening preventive measures, including enhanced inspections and stricter regulation of materials used in construction. The Fire Safety Standards and Regulations Forum, running from the 15th to 17th January, 2013 will feature leading experts from the field of fire engineering. The forum will discuss the UAE Fire and Life Safety Code with a specific focus on external fire spread in high rise buildings.
The use of flammable materials in exterior cladding of buildings has been summarily banned by federal authorities in UAE, where the Fire and Life Safety Code has been recently amended. The code bans the use of non fire-rated panels in buildings over 15 metres in height, as Civil Defence teams go into overdrive to ensure that all future construction sites adhere to the new norms. The Code also mandates that all cladding and associated material must be tested and certified 'safe' before use.
"The fire performance of all external cladding systems used on high rise buildings should be tested and approved to ensure they do not present a risk to life, property loss, and disruption to people's lives and businesses," said Dr. Sarah Colwell, Head of Suppression at BRE Global Ltd., UK, who will be speaking on External Fire Spread in High Rise Buildings at the forum. "Ensuring that the systems are correctly tested, approved and installed will help to prevent future conflagrations from taking place," she added.
Michael James Kelly, Director of Fire Safety Engineering at Emaar Malls Group from Dubai, will be sharing his insight on the importance of managing fire safety in malls and other high risk buildings.
In light of the proposed new legislation on the legal responsibilities of building owners and tenants, managers and staff will need to ensure that their business meets its fire safety requirements as set out by the new legislation.
The Fire Safety, Standards and Regulations Forum is being held on the opening day of Intersec 2013, the region's foremost safety, security and policing trade platform. Expected to attract keen interest from fire and rescue professionals, engineers, building contractors, project managers, site officers, operation managers, architects and designers, the forum is designed to promote interaction among the delegates and speakers as well as provide fresh insight into enhancing standards of safety and security in the region.
Intersec 2013 will run from January 15 to 17, 2013 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The trade fair and conference traditionally brings together the cross-section of the regional security, safety and fire protection industries. Intersec serves as an invaluable business and networking platform that has facilitated some of the key safety and security developments in the region.
Intersec is part of Messe Frankfurt's global network of security trade fairs which also include Secutech India, Secutech Taiwan, Secutech Thailand, Intersec Buenos Aires, Secutech Vietnam and Seguriexpo Buenos Aires.