Leading lights in fire safety have been appointed by the International Fire Safety Standards Coalition [IFSS] to help improve building safety worldwide. A core group of twenty-two leading fire safety experts was appointed to the coalition’s standards setting committee that will work to develop landmark industry standards for fire safety in buildings.
APS Past-president Bobby Chakravarthy – who is a founder member and represents the association on the IFSS - said that in an increasingly globalised construction market there needed to consistent principles so fire safety could be tackled internationally. The standards aim to overcome the risk to public safety that can arise when there is confusion and uncertainty arising from different rules for materials testing and certification, building regulations or codes and standards on how buildings are managed. Chakravarthy said the standards being developed at an international level would provide guidance so professionals could improve safety locally.
Past-President Bobby Chakravarthy said:
“The standard of fire safety needs to be improved at home and overseas. This is why the Association for Project Safety [APS] is part of the International Fire Safety Standards Coalition [IFSS] and why we are working with our partner organisations across the world to develop consistent standards which will take the guess work out of fire safety in construction. The Grenfell Tower disaster was a wake-up call in the UK but far too many people are still killed in building fires worldwide. I believe that the experts who have joined the coalition will play a vital part in making buildings everywhere safer for everyone.”
The International Fire Safety Standards Coalition consists of local and international professional bodies and standard-setting organisations committed to developing and supporting, in the public interest, a shared set of standards for fire safety in buildings. The standards aim to set and reinforce the best practice for professionals to ensure building safety in the event of a fire.
Notes for Editors
The International Fire Safety Standards Coalition [IFSS] was launched at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on 9 July 2018. More information can be found at: www.unece.org/index.php?id=49147
2. Standard Setting Committee experts include:
Dr Paul Stollard
Dr Tony Enright
Professor Sam Allwinkle
Executive Secretary – Alexander Aronsohn
3. Current Coalition Members:
The Association of European Experts in Building and Construction http://aeebc.org/
BCA Building Control Alliance buildingcontrolalliance.org/
BSSIG Building Surveyors Special Interest Group (South Africa)
Commonwealth Association of Surveying & Land Economy www.casle.org/
Consortium of European Building Control bodies www.cebc.eu/
Confederation of Fire Protection Associations – Asia www.cfpaa.com
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers www.cibse.org/
4. The Association for Project Safety [APS] is a professional body dedicated to eliminating deaths, reducing injury and tackling ill-health associated with construction. APS aims to improve, and promote excellence in, professional practice in design and construction health and safety risk management, helping everyone manage risk and implement building regulations effectively and proportionately. The association contributes to the national debate on building and infrastructure safety, regulation and legislation, providing training, education and support and member networking opportunities. APS works with other bodies and partners to improve – through good design and throughout the life-cycle of projects and buildings – health and safety for everyone involved in construction and use.