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James Moore is the Editor of IFSEC Global, the leading resource for security and fire news in the industry. James was previously Editor of Professional Heating & Plumbing Installer magazine.
February 11, 2020

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DHF set to host Fire Door Safety seminar

Taking place on the 17th March at the Door & Hardware Federation’s (DHF) head office and training facility in Tamworth, the morning seminar is aimed at those with a responsibility for fire safety, asset management, compliance and procurement within local authorities and housing association in the West Midlands, UK. The seminar is set to be offered elsewhere later in the year.

One seminar has already taken place on 11th February, and both will include lunch and two presentations, starting at 09:30AM.

The first presentation is entitled: ‘Fire Safety, some comments on doors and hardware after Grenfell’, and focuses on the outcomes of the initial inquiry, in addition to how the doors and hardware performed. Michael Skelding, DHF General Manager & Secretary will host it.

This will be followed by a second presentation delivered by Gerda’s Head of Communications, Fiona Critchley, who is also the Chair of DHF’s Timber Doorset Group.  This will focus on the guidance document ‘A Guide for Selecting Flat Entrance Doorsets’ and will highlight the criteria to take into account when specifying a flat entrance doorset, in addition to building regulations and industry standards, referring to the most recent recommendations from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Report Overview.

Widely considered as a ‘go to’ expert for technical advice, training and raising industry standards, and actively involved in the technical committees of the Industry Response Group, formed in response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Report: ‘Building a Safer Future’, DHF is well placed to offer these seminars in collaboration with Gerda.  The federation also works on BSI Standards Committees, with compliance authorities HSE and Trading Standards as well as fire safety organisations in the UK and Europe.

“We are delighted to be offering these free half-day fire door safety seminars for local authorities and housing associations in the West Midlands,” said DHF’s Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens. “Uptake on both dates is already high, but DHF has every intention of rolling these out beyond the region as the year progresses.  Gerda, which is based in Suffolk, will also play host to the seminars later in the year, but in the meantime, we look forward to welcoming people to Tamworth, from the wider community.”

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