The Diploma in Construction Fire Safety and Fire Risk Management course is aimed at those who undertake the role as Responsible Professionals.
The course runs once a year, with sessions held once a month on the following dates:
- Day 1 – 2nd April 2020
- Day 2 – 7th May 2020
- Day 3 – 4th June 2020
- Day 4 – 2nd July 2020
- Day 5 – 5th August 2020
- Day 6 – 3rd September 2020
- Day 7 – 1st October 2020
- Day 8 – 5th November 2020
- Day 9 – 10th December
- Day 10 – 12th January 2021
On this course you will be involved in various sessions, which include preparing fire safety plans and fire risk assessment. The course will cover the following content:
- The Law- Failing to… Consequences;
- Combustion Processes and Explosion;
- Fire Risk Assessment
- Temporary Accommodation Units
- Human Factors
- Utilising Scaffold as Fire Escapes
- Fire Incident Investigation
- Arson and Site Security
- Access and Arrangements fro Emergency Services
- Technical Presentations from Industry Professionals.
You will be assessed through a written test paper, multiple choice test, a lecture presentation and a written dissertation.
Candidates achieving a satisfactory pass in all modules will be awarded the full parchment and be authorised to use the post nominals DCFsFRM.
Legal Structures and the Requirement for the effective Management of Fire Safety.
First and foremost this module introduces the Diploma structure as a whole, outlining the pathway to achieving full and approved Diploma Status.
This module introduces the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Oder 2005. It explains how utilising available reference guides, British Standards and Approved Codes of Practice, the Fire Safety Manager can work towards satisfying the legal requirements for the protection of relevant individuals within or about the workplace.
Fire Safety and Health and Safety Law, with direct links to CDM 2015, including environment implications, are referenced throughout this module.
The Chemistry of Combustion - Principles of Explosion.
Module 2 covers basic fire science, looking at fire growth patterns, rates and other specific fire phenomena, such as how different burning materials can affect the rate of temperature rise.
This module explores the Principles of Explosion, types of explosion and explosion hazards, including the basic requirement for risk assessments under the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations 2002 (DSEAR).
Finally you will be introduced to subjects covered later on in the diploma, such as; the Requirement for effective Fire Safety Management Systems and Time versus Tenability Process.
Creating, Managing and Maintaining an Effective Means of Escape.
By the end of Module 3 you will be able to:
Understand the requirements for effective pro-active fire safety management withinConstruction Strategic Safety Planning.
Identify and mark on a site plan suitable means of escape, way-finding single, compartment lines, fire points, alarms and emergency lighting.
Explain how travel distances within a MOE are calculated and what may affect them.
Identify the fire safety requirements to be considered and introduced when utilising scaffold as a means of escape.
Explain the characteristics and design of a suitable and sufficient fire door.
Understand how building materials differ when affected by the products of fire and explain how the fire resistance of structural elements can be enhanced.
Outline the test standard requirements to ascertain Fire Spread Classification fo materials and the reasoning behind their importance.
Building Control and Enforcement Lectures - The Storage and Handling of Flammable and Explosive Materials.
By the end of Module 4 you will be able to:
- Explain the requirements and duties made under DSEAR (Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002);
- Create a suitable and sufficient process to install control measures to reduce the risk of Fire and Explosion from Hazmats (Hazardous Materials);
- Explain the dangers and drawback associated with the transport, handling, use and storage of Acetylene Gas;
- Outline the measures required to store gas cylinders safely on site;
- Understand and explain the hazards from the use and storage of DERV, and;
- Identify the requirements to create a Waste Management plan to reduce both the Risk of Fire and Environmental pollution.
Fire Safety in Temporary Accommodation Units (TAU) and Fire Safety in Timber Construction.
By the end of module 5 you will be able to:
- Identify fire risks within TAUs and explain where guidance on Fire Safety within or about TAUs can be sourced;
- Create a suitable and sufficient system of general controls for the management of fire safety within or about TAUs;
- Identify MOE issues and instigate suitable and sufficient levels of active fire prevention;
- Understand and explain the systematic control elements identified within the UKTFA document, 16 steps to fire safety;
- Identify suitable levels of security – dependent upon build type, and;
- Identify, instigate and manage adequate control measures over water supplies and emergency services access to all relevant areas on site – including vehicular access.
Active Fire Safety Systems - Including Fixed Fire Suppression Systems, Fire Alarm Systems and Emergency Lighting.
By the end of Module 6 you will be able to:
- Understand the various Active Fixed Fire Suppression Systems that are available;
- Explain how each system physically and chemically works and how its process contains, controls and extinguishes a conflagration;
- Identify different types of first aid fire extinguishers and explain their uses and limitations;
- Identify the requirement to maintain a suitable and sufficient Fire Detection System throughout the build, doing both temporary and final installation;
- Explain how a Fire Detection System operates and identify how the different point detectors work (including Aspirating Systems), outlining their pros and cons, and;
- Identify the different types of emergency lighting systems available, how to establish a suitable level of Lux in specific areas and how to protect the MOE.
Accident (Fire) Causation and Theory, Accident Investigation Process and Analysis.
By the end of Module 7 you will be able to:
- Explain the basic theory of loss and causality, their quantitative analysis, limitations of their application, and their presentation in numerical and graphical form relating these to the causation of fire;
- Explain the statutory and the internal reporting and recording systems for loss events (injuries, ill-health, dangerous occurrences) and near misses;
- Describe fire and loss investigators, the requirements, benefits, procedure, documentation and the involvement of and communication with relevant staff, agencies and representatives, and;
- Explain the possible uses and limitations of Event and Fault Tree Analysis to support an accident investigation (Loss Prevention).
Presentation Skills, Preparation, Presentation and Fire Load Calculations, Fire Modelling and Building Information Modelling.
As a Fire Safety Manager you will be expected on occasion to conduct competent briefings and Fire Safety presentations to staff, management and others. Module 8 will give you the basic skills to enable you to conduct an effective and useful presentation, but covering the following areas:
- The basis process of Fire Load Calculation and its place in Fire Engineering, Design and Fire Risk Management;
- The basic process of Fire Modelling and its uses within the processes of Fire Safety, and;
- The basic process of Building Information Modelling and its place within Fire Engineering, Design and Fire Risk Management.
Life Safety , Persons at Risk, Human and Organisational Factors, Fire Alarm Psychology and Evaluating Competence.
A robust Fire Safety Management System and associated Evacuation Strategy are dependent upon many human and organisational factors. Module 9 will provide you with sufficient knowledge to enable you to understand the following:
- The concept of Life Safety to relevant persons within or about buildings, link an Escape Plan to the psychology of ASET (Available Safety Evacuation Time) and to be able to identify potential flaws in both concept;
- Where human factors can affect the safety of the workplace and how mismanagement and identification of potential human errors can lead to a fire;
- Basic fundamental theories of human reliability, motivation and behaviour, looking at Rasmussen, Taylor and Maslow, to name a few theorists;
- What makes a person competent in relation to the expectations placed upon them, especially where it comes to Fire Safety and Fire Risk Management, and;
- Factors leading to why people may not react to a fire or fire alarm in the way they may be expected to and to explain the concept of the Fire Warden/Marshall in relation to the above.
Fire Risk Assessment
A Fire Risk Assessment is a legal requirement placed upon the Responsible Person under Article 9 of the Fire Safety Order 20154. It reinforces the requirement for the employer to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of risk to employees and others as required under the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999 section 3.
Due to the ever-changing nature of a construction site, this module is aimed at providing you with sufficient knowledge to carry out a sufficient fire risk assessment. By the end of module 10 you will be able to:
- Identify the 5 steps required for effective Fire Risk Assessment;
- Explain the importance for the protection of Life Safety above all else on a construction site;
- Explain why the FRA process should be a continuing rolling plan of Fire Safety Management that required content review throughout all stages of the build, and;
- Explain how a suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment, as required under the RRFSO 2005 Article 9 can be undertaken.
Module 11 & 12
Presentations, Examinations and Close of Course.
Modules 11 and 12 consist of the consolidation of the course, throughout which you will complete the following:
- Written Examination Paper – 2 hours for 10 questions (5 technical and 5 practical)
- Multiple Choice Examination Paper – 20 questions
- Lecture Presentations
All training is held at our newly refurbished training centre in Chertsey.