ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions events ‘Unlock Compliance’ for Fire Door Safety Week 2019

Fire doors are often the first line of defence in a fire, yet the strict specification, maintenance and management of these doorsets is still not fully understood. This is something that ASSA ABLOY is passionate about changing. To coincide with Fire Door Safety Week 2019 (which runs from 23-29 September), ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK and Ireland will be hosting two dedicated events to help those individuals responsible for fire doors to  unlock compliance to fire door safety.

The two events will take place at the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Conference Suite on 19 September and at UBM’s headquarters in central London on 24 September.

The aim of the events is to educate and inform delegates about the fire door standards that can often be lost in translation. ASSA ABLOY will bring together all of its brands and wide-ranging experience to speak about the common issues surrounding fire door compliance. The business will then offer practical advice on how to overcome these issues by breaking down current and future regulations and their ramifications.

The events will promote fire door safety and compliance to facilities and security managers, building owners, specifiers and contractors. Attendees can expect to gain a greater understanding from ASSA ABLOY staff and guest speakers on the following key topics:

*Safeguarding compliance through the supply chain

*The important role door hardware plays in ensuring building compliance

*The role and performance of fire door seals

*The importance of compartmentalisation in fire safety

The event will end with a discussion panel.

Brian Sofley, managing director at ASSA ABLOY Door Group, commented: “In May 2018, the results of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety led by Dame Judith Hackitt made it clear that even after the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017, fire doors remained a significant area of neglect, often being downgraded and mismanaged throughout their service life. Fire safety can only be properly guaranteed if the standards and checks of equipment such as fire doors are carried out by the book and throughout the lifecycle of both the products and the building.”

Eryl Jones, managing director at the ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware and Access Control Group, added: “Growth and acquisitions give the ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware and Access Control Group the broadest range of fire-compliant door hardware products in the market, backed up by an experienced team of industry professionals. ASSA ABLOY’s fire safety events have been a great success over the last couple of years, and we’re keen to carry on helping industry professionals to understand compliance when it comes to fire door safety standards. We urge industry professionals, specifiers, contractors, property owners and facility managers to join us at this year’s free events.”

*To register your interest in an event and to find out more visit Manchester (19 September) and/or London (24 September)

**Keep up-to-date on all that ASSA ABLOY is doing around Fire Door Safety by visiting

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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