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University of Leeds
CPD Unit, Faculty of Engineering
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5 Day course
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Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel, Leeds, LS16 5PS, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom


Each year, fires and explosions claim a greater toll than earthquakes and floods and all other natural disasters combined. Some single incidents cost millions of pounds, such as the WindsorCastle fire. The Sandoz industrial fire devastated 500 miles of the RhineRiver. Explosion initiated fires can cause severe devastation as in the Piper Alpha disaster in the North Sea where 167 lives were lost and the financial loss exceeded a billion pounds. Loss of life in fires is commonplace and can be in large numbers, as in the Bradford football stadium fire and the Kings Cross fire.

In the UK, fire and explosion is an industry with an approximate annual worth of £5 billion. Recent Government reports and EC directives recommend that there is an urgent need to improve the training of personnel involved in fire protection, in order to be able to apply the progressive standards that have emerged through better scientific understanding achieved in recent years.  The knowledge base and legal framework for effective Fire Safety Design, to approved standards, is very fragmented and confusing to a newcomer in the field.

Course Objectives

This course aims to provide, in a structured manner, an organised and comprehensive framework for fire safety and building fire protection design.

On completion of the course the participants should be in a position to make a significant contribution in the design of appropriate fire safety systems for a fairly complex building.

Course Format

During the course the key pieces of legislation along with methods for identification and quantification of hazard and risk as well the strategic approaches to fire safety design will be reviewed. The engineering design of specific fire safety systems such as: means of escape, detection and warning, emergency lighting, smoke control and fire extinguishing will be presented and the main sources of more detailed information and guidance will be identified and reviewed. By necessity the course concentrates mainly on buildings; however, the principles presented are applicable to other systems.

Oral presentations will summarise detailed course notes. A full copy of the Building Regulations, Approved Document B will also be provided to all delegates attending the first day of the course. Participants’ learning will be enhanced through example calculations and design problems, so please bring a calculator with you.

Intended Audience

The course will be of benefit to the following professionals: architects, building technologists, building surveyors, quantity surveyors, building control officers, estate managers, fire officers, loss adjusters, loss assessors and insurers, company fire safety officers, HSE personnel and fire consultants. The course particularly aims to help those (in the above fields) who have recently been given responsibility in fire safety and those who seek structured and comprehensive guidance on the fundamentals of fire safety design methods and approved practices.

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