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September 22, 2016

COFISH – Conference on Fire Safety and Health

Lars Schiøtt Sørensen, Danish Building Research Institute (SBi), Aalborg University is the initiator of the conference. Lars opened the conference, thanking the cooperation team at SBi, Marie Freder...

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Fire Toxicity 2016 conference conclusions

Richard Hull highlighted the value of having all the fire safety professionals working together, from material’s scientists, fire scientists and toxicologists, to emergency medical teams for the pro...

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Building Research Establishment (BRE)

Ciara Holland, UK Building Research Establishment (BRE) fire investigation, described the UK building codes and their relationship to fire safety. Using an example investigation, she explained that n...

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Arup fire safety engineering consultancy

Stuart Winter, Arup fire safety engineering consultancy, outlined the UK’s regulatory framework, which sets out the broad requirements for fire safety, without specific reference to fire toxicity....

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SP Fire Research, Sweden

Björn Sundström, SP Fire Research, Sweden, described the development of the European Construction Products Directive and later Regulations (CPR), including measures for ensuring safety in the case o...

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European Commission DG GROW

Gwenole Cozigou, European Commission DG GROW (Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s) is responsible for the Construction Products Regulations. He asked whether additional regulatory...

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CBE

David Purser, CBE, and visiting professor at UCLan, compared the different methods for assessment of fire effluent toxicity and related the results of each to large-scale fire behaviour. He concluded...

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Effectis

Eric Guillaume, Effectis France, described the development of FTIR spectroscopy for the analysis of fire gases, particularly EN 45545, and explained the detailed calibration and validation requirement...

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Exova Warringtonfire

Beth Dean, Exova Warringtonfire, UK, described development and validation of toxicity test methods for European railways EN 45545-2. Fire safety on trains is obtained through the combination of many c...

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Kent Fire and Rescue Service UK

David Wales, Kent Fire and Rescue Service UK, has studied human behaviour in accidental dwelling fires, collecting detailed information from over 700 of Kent’s fire victims. This shows a uniform ag...

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State University of New York-Albany and Marine and Environmental Research Institute

Susan Shaw, State University of New York-Albany and Marine and Environmental Research Institute, described studies on cancer and firefighters, opening with the statement that cancer is the leading cau...

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US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Doug Daniels, US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), has investigated the overall excess cancer incidence in firefighters, including oesophagal, intestinal, lung and kidney...

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University of Arizona

Jeff Burgess, qualified physician, and specialist in occupational health of firefighters at the University of Arizona, presented the different stages of firefighting operations, highlighting those suc...

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Donald Lucas, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, outlined his work on the formation of toxic products during fires, and especially the inhalation of combustion derived particulates,...

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Danish Fire Fighters’ Cancer Organisation

Tommy Kjaer, firefighter and founder of the Danish Fire Fighters’ Cancer Organisation, explained that fires had become faster growing and more toxic. Coinciding with the day of the Brussels bombings...

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UK Government

Peter Holland CBE, Chief Fire and Rescue Advisor to the UK Government, outlined the changing role of the fire and rescue services from firefighting towards risk management and fire prevention, and hig...

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SP Fire Research, Sweden

Francine Amon, SP Fire Research, Sweden, showed how fire effluent dispersal, into air, water and land, had adverse effects on the built and natural environment. Firefighting strategies had a significa...

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Building Research Establishment

David Crowder, UK Building Research Establishment (BRE), described his role as the fire investigator responsible for reporting the failures in specification or compliance with UK building codes which...

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University of Waterloo in Canada

>Beth Weckman University of Waterloo in Canada, compared sofas which were purpose built, using materials compliant with the UK and former Californian standards to those from jurisdictions without s...

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N-70-07 West Midlands Fire Service

Richard Walker, West Midlands Fire Service, burned eight identical sofas in different ventilation conditions in a three bedroomed house, and compared the tenability at various locations. This data pr...

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University of Central Lancashire

Anna Stec, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), outlined the methods and challenges of quantifying the toxicity of fire effluents: both the acute toxicants and irritants responsible for preventin...

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IBIDB

Ken Dunn, a consultant burns injury surgeon in Manchester, UK, and the medical director of the international burn injury database (IBIDB) described the treatment needed to keep fire victims alive, aid...

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University of Leuven

Mark Sabbe, University of Leuven and a practicing emergency physician at the university hospitals, was responsible for setting up the European Guidelines for the Therapy of Smoke Inhalation Victims. P...

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CBE

David Purser CBE (awarded for services to fire safety in 2015) went on to explain the physiological basis of fire toxicity, focusing on the sequence of effects during fires, the toxicology of CO and H...

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