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Chubb joins forces with ISS UK for special careers event 11/07/2022

CHUBB – THE provider of fire safety and security solutions – is partnering with one of the world’s largest facility services providers, namely ISS, for a special careers event dedicated to supporting veterans, former Armed Forces personnel and their families with finding new civilian careers.

The JointForces@ISS careers event takes place on Tuesday 19 July at Watchmoor Business Park in Camberley. Starting at 10.00 am and running until 2.30 pm, former Armed Forces personnel and their families will be able to find out more about the range of vacancies and career opportunities on offer with Chubb and ISS UK.

The employability initiative is an award-winning mentoring programme created by ISS UK to help those leaving the Armed Forces transition into civilian life through sustainable employment opportunities.

Since launching back in 2017, the programme has offered advice, guidance and one-to-one support to over 700 individuals, assisting three-quarters of them to secure some form of employment in the form of either permanent roles or temporary contracts at ISS UK.

Raymond Cooksley, programme manager for JointForces@ISS, explained: “The military community has such a wide and varied skill set. It’s one that civilian employers value and need. As a veteran myself, I understand the challenges that individuals from our military communities face when transitioning or relocating to a new area of the country. We’re very proud to be jointly hosting the event with Chubb and opening up even more opportunities for the community.”

Kirsty Brooks, director of employee experience and development at Chubb, responded: “We’re proud to be partnering with ISS UK for the JointForces@ISS careers day. The programme is a fantastic opportunity for Armed Forces leavers and their families to learn about the exciting career opportunities we have on offer at Chubb. Our team will be on hand to explain more about our accelerator sales and technical development scheme, our apprenticeship programme and also current vacancies in a variety of roles.”

*There are limited places at the JointForces@ISS event. Parties should register their interest here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iss-military-families-partners-dependants-career-day-tickets-366807289477

**Further information on Chubb Fire and Security is available online at www.chubbfiresecurity.com/en/uk
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Looking for closure 28/05/2022

FIRE DOORS are arguably the most important – and most effective – form of passive fire protection within a building. Ensuring that they’re in good working order and well maintained can make all the difference between a safe evacuation procedure and not evacuating at all, as Karen Byard explains.

In the event of a fire outbreak, fire doors could literally be the difference between life and death. They are designed to work with other passive fire and active fire protection elements in order to safeguard life and assist in the provision of a safe means of escape. Undoubtedly, fire doors play a vital role in realising both of those scenarios.

When fitted and maintained correctly, fire doors can provide a vital barrier against fire and smoke. Such doors work to compartmentalise rooms or sections of a building such that the fire cannot spread. The overriding intent of their installation is to provide building occupants with enough time to evacuate or otherwise move safely to another part of the premises.

In view of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, property owners are required by law to adequately maintain all of the fire doors installed within their premises.

Life-saving protection

When it comes to everyday use, fire doors should primarily operate as ‘just a door’. Hopefully, most fire doors will only ever work in this way, but since the outbreak of any given fire can never be predicted, those fire doors installed at the premises must be able to protect lives at any given moment.

It’s recommended that fire doors are designed, developed and provided by an accredited third party manufacturer. Third party certification means that the fire doors have been tested appropriately and are produced consistently to a high standard. Approved doors are fitted with a certification label or coloured plugs that indicate the standard to which they’ve been manufactured.

Fire doors must undergo fire resistance testing and meet the required timeline for such resistance, which is usually a period of 30 or 60 minutes.

Any ironmongery employed must comply with the relevant British Standard and be fitted as specified by the fire door’s test procedure evidence. Hinges should not be painted and should be rebated into the door and frame, while screws should be fitted in all of the screw holes.

Fire doors must also be fitted with the appropriate seals. These seals will expand under heat and fill the permitted gaps between the door leaf and the frame. Fire doors that are required to protect against the passage of fire and smoke will be fitted with intumescent and cold smoke seals. A fire door should have one type of seal and not a mixture of seals on door edges because intumescent strips can react at different times, which may serve to force the door open. Care must be taken not to damage the rubber fin or brush part of the seal. If damaged, smoke would be able to penetrate the protected space.

Data sheets

The size of the gap permitted between the door leaf and the frame is extremely important. The acceptable allowance should be documented on the door leaf manufacturer’s data sheets. General guidance here is that the gap should be between 2 mm and 4 mm along the two long edges and across the top of the door leaf. The door frame is just as important as the door and should not be altered in any way.

It stands to reason that a fire door will not provide life-saving protection unless all of the components are fitted correctly and maintained regularly. Sadly, we see (and read in the news) that some doors do fail. A detailed report issued last September by the Fire Door Inspection Scheme revealed that, regrettably, over three-quarters (ie 76%) of fire doors have failed inspections in recent years, with 30% of them being ‘condemned’ due to issues including excessive gaps around the doors themselves. Regular inspections will help to ensure that fire doors remain in safe working order and provide the required level of protection.

In my experience, the risk of fire developing in today’s buildings is relatively low. When completing a risk assessment, other forms of risk may well take precedence, but even in these instances, practical fire safety management – including regular fire door inspections – remains of paramount importance.

Fire safety legislation requires building owners to assume full responsibility for all aspects of fire safety. As part of the risk assessment process, they are required to ensure that the fire safety elements of the building structure meet current legislation. Although fire door maintenance inspections do form part of the fire risk assessment process at present, it’s worth noting here that dedicated inspections of fire doors are not yet mandatory.

Everyday use of any given fire door may well result in slight alterations to the door and its surroundings, which can negatively impact its performance in the event of a fire. This is particularly apparent in a range of business settings where these doors can become damaged by, for example, constant deliveries at the premises, the use of wheelchairs and even bulky pieces of equipment with which they may come into contact. Put simply, the more extensive the damage to the fire door, the less protection that door will provide.

Regular inspections

With that truism very much in mind, regular fire door inspections are so important. Indeed, these inspections should be an integral part of each business’ fire safety strategy, with the process deemed every bit as important as routine and essential testing of the batteries in smoke alarms.

The inspection procedure will identify any damage and recommend remedial work to bring the door(s) back up to the required standard. Missing intumescent and cold smoke seals from the top of a door would not be visible without an inspection and rectification work and would permit the passage of smoke and flames in a fire situation.

A competent individual with a sound knowledge of fire doors should be appointed to conduct any necessary remedial work. A competent person is someone with sufficient training, experience, qualifications and knowledge to implement and then look after fire safety measures in a building.

There have been instances where a competent individual is not used to fit and fix fire doors. This situation can be compared to asking a plumber to fit a fire alarm. The skill set is simply not compatible or appropriate, so the correct competent person needs to be selected to perform remedial work on fire doors. Using the wrong products or not carrying out a repair procedure correctly will almost inevitably affect the fire door’s level of fire resistance.

An unwise choice at this stage could mean that the completed work fails to meet the required standard. In that scenario, the fire doors would then be unable to provide the best possible protection for occupants.

What all of this ably demonstrates is the vital importance of employing the right person to complete any remedial work on fire doors, which then ensures that the host organisation adheres to legislation at all times.

Careful consideration

Sleeping environments such as NHS hospital wards, care homes or hotels present a specific suite of fire risk challenges that demand very careful consideration if the patients/occupants and their families are to benefit from the protection regimes they deserve.

Fire doors are inherently very heavy. This can prove to be particularly challenging in environments which are used by elderly people. The elderly can be frail and may struggle with opening such heavy doors. To address such accessibility issues while at the same time maintaining fire safety, organisations need to carefully consider the type of door and its ironmongery.

For example, in a care setting such as a hospital, there may be many instances where patients like to have the doors open. Therefore, if fire doors do not have a closer and the patient leaves the door open, that door becomes redundant in the event of a fire. Staff would then have to make their way around the ward, duly closing all the doors in the event of an alarm activation, which is not practical.

A solution for this specific issue would be door closers that close on activation of the fire alarm. These closers are interfaced with the fire alarm and allow doors to be open, but the fire doors will close automatically at any point when an alarm is activated.

Businesses often operate on limited budgets. On that basis, if fire doors on the premises should be irreparably damaged, the area or room becomes unavailable until they’re fixed. Installing impact protection to the leaves, frames or hold-backs can serve to safeguard fire doors. Although there’s an initial cost involved here, in the long run it’s such elements that often need replacing, not the entire fire door. In short, limited funding should not be a barrier to adequate passive fire protection.

Best Practice

Ensuring that fire doors are correctly installed, regularly checked and well maintained means that they’re ready to protect individuals within a given building should a fire occur. Regular fire training within an organisation will educate members of staff on Best Practice techniques when it comes to preventing fires and what to do if there’s a fire breakout at the premises.

There are also several tasks that staff can transact to make sure fire doors are always at their most effective. For example, fire doors should never be wedged open. Fires can start without warning and spread rapidly, so if a fire door is wedged open, it’s comparable to not having a fire door at all.

In addition to posing a risk to life, it’s also illegal for a fire door to be propped open. Equally, fire doors should always be easy to open and ready to use at any given moment.

Fire doors need to be clearly identifiable. They should not have any hooks, posters or flyers of any kind ,attached to them. At the end of the day these elements of the passive fire protection regime are vital pieces of fire safety equipment. They’re not notice boards or coat stands.

In addition to their role in holding back fire and smoke, fire doors are also vital escape routes. If access to the fire door is blocked, safe evacuation from the building is going to be severely compromised. Staff should ensure that all passageways and corridors leading to a fire door are kept clear at all times.

Many of us have witnessed first-hand precisely how fire doors have performed and stopped fires from spreading, affording occupants the valuable time they need in order to escape the premises safely. They are the most critical part of any building’s passive fire protection set-up. Therefore, it’s essential that they’re installed, inspected and maintained in the correct fashion.

Karen Byard MSc MIFireE DipFD is Fire Consultancy Technical and Validation Manager at Chubb Fire & Security (www.chubb.co.uk)

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Chubb Fire & Security appointed as SmartCell distributor 07/07/2020

Chubb has been appointed the exclusive UK distributor, installer and service provider of SmartCell, a complete wireless fire detection platform by EMS.

The platform provides customers with smaller commercial sites and properties complete control of their fire safety systems’ performance and strategy. Chubb and EMS are part of Carrier (NYSE: CARR), a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies.

EMS’ new product range, SmartCell, comprises all elements required in a fire safety solution, including an EN-certified control panel, detectors, manual call point, sounder (with visual alarm), a dual input/output device and contact transmitter. Designed with the ability to expand as required, the system can accommodate up to 32 wireless fire and a variety of information devices.

A notable feature of SmartCell, and an innovation in the marketplace, is its built-in communications capability, which not only enables remote diagnostics (to identity and remedy potential issues), but also allows all event notifications to be sent to mobile devices via a dedicated Chubb mobile app. This enables customers to have total visibility of their fire system performance, anytime and anywhere.

It is also Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) ready – enabling potential fire alarms to be remotely monitored by a third party, as well as having the ability not only to monitor fire but also floods and potential issues with heating/cooling systems.

Making maximum use of EMS’ technology, a market-leader in wireless and hybrid fire detection systems, Chubb has limited exclusive access to the SmartCell system for four months.

“With integrated signalling and intelligent cloud-based communications and notifications, the system offers users the ultimate convenience in accessing their fire safety information,” said Richard Drew, FD&A technical and product manager, Chubb. “Compact and with an aesthetically pleasing design, it is quick and simple to install. Its flexibility makes it a user-friendly, commercially-attractive solution for a wide variety of customers and applications.”

Whether as a business owner looking for a complete new system, retrofitting or expanding your existing system, SmartCell offers an easy to install, flexible solution. You can watch a video about the technology at https://bit.ly/2X6I7nV

For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3esG9nV

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Shopping mall installs suppression solution 13/03/2020

Falk Ursinus, country manager Germany, Chubb Fire & Security, explains how the retail sector can benefit from bespoke, intelligent fire solutions.

About 91% of all retail sales last year were still transacted in physical stores and, despite the anticipated rapid growth of online shopping, more than 80% of all retail sales will likely still be done in actual physical stores in the year 2025, according to a Forbes article. The shopping mall’s bricks-and-mortar remains a key format for the traditional retailer and, therefore, commercial building managers need to remain ahead of the curve from a health and safety (and specifically, fire) perspective. The fire risks associated with crowds of people flowing through large-scale spaces can be heightened, underscoring the need to implement improved, effective fire systems to protect tenants, customers and staff alike. 

In addition to safety, the operational and cost efficiency of a shopping mall can be a high priority for developers and investors. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to fire safety solutions and older buildings can present architectural challenges and demand specialized solutions. Therefore, fire safety solutions must not only be tailored and bespoke, but must also be cost-effective, compliant and efficient. 

One way to achieve this is through interfaced systems, which can offer clients a cost-effective solution for fire protection. By combining capabilities in detection and fire suppression systems, there can be faster response times while ensuring the safety of shoppers. As one of the best-known service providers of innovative fire safety and security solutions for business and organisations worldwide, Chubb works with many large retail chains across Europe, protecting customers and premises with essential systems, equipment and services. Its network of more than 20 monitoring centres worldwide provide dedicated 24/7 alarm monitoring services to monitor alarms and the status of systems, and ensure rapid response to any alarm activation.

The changing face of the urban landscape has created the need for creative and innovative solutions, unlike what’s been seen in more traditional structures. One such example of a daring architectural design that proved challenging for fire and security protection is the shopping mall CentrO in Oberhausen, Germany. Its size and abundance of open spaces, combined with the value of the contents of the 250+ shops, resulted in the need for a tailored fire safety solution to protect tenants and customers alike. CentrO’s fire safety requirements vary with the architectural features across the site including the unique, no-roof design in some parts of the mall which can present challenges for the fire safety strategy.

The customer needed rapid detection of any fire-related emergency, with quick activation of the fire suppression solution to protect both retail and leisure customers - and retail workers and assets.  

Chubb developed a bespoke solution to address CentrO’s needs that combined traditional water sprinklers with a high-pressure water mist system to protect the open-top areas of the shopping centre. At CentrO, wall mounted nozzles can discharge high pressure water mist into the entire area. The use of these side wall sprinkler nozzles is paramount to the protection of the open-top areas and cannot be found anywhere else in Europe.

A high pressure water mist systems uses significantly less water than traditional water-based sprinkler systems.  It is also ideal for both new and older buildings, as it complements the visual beauty and structural constraints that buildings like CentrO present. 

As with many retrofit projects, it was important not to disrupt the thousands of customers flowing through the mall throughout the day during the installation process. Therefore, all development work took place outside of opening hours. The unique shape and size of CentrO meant that carrying out this work could have been an arduous task, but by using scissor lifts and scaffolding, Chubb was able to safely install the necessary fire systems while maintaining business continuity. Chubb continues to service CentrO today. 

Retail centres come in all shapes and sizes and the requirements can differ greatly. In the UK, Chubb works with retail giant, Tesco, to service and maintain fire extinguishers and security systems across its United Kingdom stores and Tesco’s head office, as well as the fire extinguishers in the business’ distribution centres. Tesco is the UK’s largest retailer with over 2,600 stores and has worked with Chubb for a number of years. 

In addition to servicing and maintaining all of Tesco’s fire extinguishers and security systems in accordance with their Service Level Agreements (ensuring that service and maintenance of systems and equipment, as well as calls are responded to within specified periods of time), engineers also sign in and out of all site visits electronically, giving Tesco real-time visibility of engineer attendance as well as reassurance that systems are fully maintained. With the number of sites involved, good communication, collaboration and robust organisation are as essential as having a nationwide team of competent technicians to be on the client’s site as needed.

The challenges facing the fire industry are multi-faceted and ever-changing. However, with new fire detection and suppression technology backed by third party certifications and best practice guides for protecting buildings old and new, we now have the tools to protect occupants from fire – all while helping clients maintain their business continuity and keeping their customers, employees, assets and daring architecture safe.


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Families kept safe at Ronald McDonald House 10/12/2019

Chubb Fire & Security is providing the fire and security solutions for the latest Ronald McDonald House, part of a worldwide charity supporting over five million people with home-from-home accommodation for the families of sick children resident in hospital.

The house, which opens on 2 December, is run by Ronald McDonald Kinderfonds België and provides comfortable family accommodation close to local Brussels hospitals. Chubb installed a complete fire detection and security system that includes surveillance cameras and access control for the building to ensure the security and safety of families staying there. To enable ongoing security, Chubb will also carry out essential maintenance and servicing. Chubb is part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. 

“We are providing an essential environment for families with ill children, and an important aspect of this is providing a safe haven free of external distractions. We are thrilled to be working with Chubb Fire & Security, whose Belgium-based engineers worked tirelessly to provide a practical, integrated security solution,” said Katia De Greve, house manager at Ronald McDonald House Brussels.

“We have always admired the services provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities and their employees, providing vital relief from the day-to-day challenges of caring for ill children. Chubb has provided fire safety and security solutions to ensure the families feel safe and secure during these difficult times, and Chubb is proud to be part of this exciting project,” said Gino Ghilardi, managing director at Chubb Fire & Security Belgium.


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Chubb grows apprenticeship scheme 12/03/2019

CHUBB FIRE & Security Limited employed more apprentices last year than in any previous year.

Expanding its apprenticeship programme to 28 new employees across many new disciplines, ranging from finance and IT to monitoring and project management, as part of an investment in the next generation of fire and security employees. Apprenticeships now span both office- and field-based opportunities, which has proven effective for increasing interest in the apprenticeship programme. Chubb is a part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. 

For more than 20 years Chubb has supported the next generation of fire and security engineers and in that time more than 400 employees have completed apprenticeships, with 64 currently in intermediate, advanced and higher-level programmes. 

Apprenticeship opportunities are posted on the Chubb UK job website on the Careers at Chubb page; interested parties can access job details and apply for a range of roles. For more information, visit www.chubb.co.uk.

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Further accreditation for Chubb Systems 08/01/2019

CHUBB SYSTEMS Limited has achieved the ISO 45001, a new global standard for occupational health and safety (H&S), designed to increase safety, prevent work-related injuries and improve employee health and well-being at work.

After an extensive audit conducted by Alcumus Isoquar, which is governed by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, Chubb received official certification. Chubb, a leading provider of security and fire-safety solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

To qualify for the standard, Chubb Systems worked extensively to improve all areas of H&S, including updating its management systems, culture and behaviours, and focusing on the physical health and well-being of its people. 

Graeme Heanan, managing director at Chubb Systems, said employee and customer safety is the business’ number one priority, “We have a world-class health and safety record, and meeting the ISO 45001 demonstrates our company’s commitment to proactive risk prevention, innovation and continual improvement – enabling us to grow as a business.”

This accreditation further recognises Chubb Systems’ ability, as a leading security systems integrator in critical national infrastructure sectors, to safely deliver leading-edge technology solutions in high-risk environments.

Nichola Maher, EH&S manager, Chubb Systems, said implementing ISO 45001 has been challenging, but extremely worthwhile, “We must never become complacent about safety and the environment or lose sight of ensuring our customers safety.”

For more information, visit www.chubbsystems.co.uk

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Chubb's new Blackburn development 13/08/2018

CHUBB FIRE & Security Limited held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a new high-performance workspace in Blackburn.

The new building will house a total of 400 employees from Chubb and affiliates of Otis UK and Carrier Controls UK, and serve as a showcase for the capabilities of all three brands.

The development, which saw the demolition of three existing Chubb buildings on the Shadsworth Business Park, has resulted in a modern building for employees working in information technology, finance, supply chain and customer service. It is also the new home for two specific businesses of Chubb: Chubb Systems – which specialises in the most complex, enterprise-wide installations including critical infrastructure – and Chubb Community Care, including their research, development and engineering teams.


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Chubb Celebrates 200 years 16/08/2018

CHUBB FIRE and Security Limited is celebrating its 200-year anniversary with a renewed commitment to investment in innovation and customer service.

In 1818, two enterprising brothers, Charles and Jeremiah Chubb, invented the first and original secure lock mechanism – an innovation that started the security industry and cemented the brand’s focus on innovation, safety, security and customer peace of mind. Now, Chubb is a globally recognised fire and security service business, building on the legacy of its founding fathers, with advancements that continue to make its technology and service solutions essential in an ever-changing world.

 “We mark this milestone in appreciation of and to honour the legacy of our founders, who pioneered our entire industry. We’re very proud of our history and where we are today,” said Tracy Cordes, managing director, Chubb Fire & Security. “Our success and tremendous longevity is due to the hard work, talent and loyalty of our employees, who embody the spirit established by Charles and Jeremiah Chubb. That culture and customer commitment is just as important today as it was in the beginning of the 19th century.”
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Chubb secures award 13/08/2018

CHUBB FIRE & Security Limited has won the Fire Safety & Security award at the Electrical Review Excellence Awards 2018 for its fire detection system at the Queen’s Hotel in Penzance.

The Awards recognise projects that embrace the latest in electrical engineering and the judges were looking for evidence of how the key objectives were fulfilled.

The Queen’s Hotel turned to Chubb after a series of local fires led them to review their fire safety requirements across the whole estate. Chubb installed more than 400 wireless detectors all networked to the fire detection panel in the hotels’ main reception. It is a fully-zoned, addressable system that gives hotel management immediate visibility on where an alarm has been generated. A wireless system was chosen to minimise the cabling work that would have meant the temporary closure of the hotel. Installation was phased so at no stage was the hotel without fire protection.


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