The Fire Toxicity Conference

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Fire toxicity – is it time for a rethink? 

Building product fire toxicity is a primary selection factor when choosing materials within the transport sector. The London Underground adopted a leading fire toxicity strategy when it was constructed - a strategy which is recognised globally. Now, the UK government is investigating whether there is a need for such measures to be implemented in the building regulations.  

In a recent article, Dr James Glockling - technical director of the FPA - wrote: 

‘Whether you are sitting on a train on the London Underground, flying on a plane or travelling by boat, the likelihood is that the materials surrounding you have been specifically selected to ensure that when there is a fire, the toxicity of the products resulting from their involvement will have a lower chance of impeding your escape In the home or workplace. The traditional view is that the contents of the room present the only relevant toxic challenge, but as buildings become more complex, taller and multifunctional with greater occupant variety, perhaps now is the time to review this.’

To assist the government in its research, we are bringing together global experts in fire toxicity to combine their expertise at a one day conference. Our international line up of renowned experts, and the topics they will cover, include: 

Brian Martin, technical policy division, MHCLG

- Introduction

Richard Hull, professor of chemistry and fire science, UCLAN

- Acute fire toxicity challenges

Jeff Burgess, associate dean for research, University of Arizona

- Latest research into long-term fire fighter health  

Anna Stec, professor in fire chemistry, UCLAN

- Environmental contamination

Hideki Yoshioka, senior researcher, National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management (NILIM), Japan

-Regulating for building product toxicity in Japan

Per Blomqvist, senior research scientist, Research Institutes of Sweden

- Appropriateness of toxicity evaluation test methods

Peter Woodburn, associate director, Arup 

- Challenges of working with a reduced materials palette

This change could impact you and the building you work in, whether you work in social housing; the fire and rescue service; the education sector; product manufacturing; facilities management; construction and design; fire engineering; healthcare; or local government. To find out more about this event and how this change may impact the future of property protection, click here