Madrid, 28 April 2022 - The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, and the Spanish Association of Fire Protection Societies, TECNIFUEGO, presented the report at an event today
Standardisation in Fire Safety systems, with the aim of promoting safety and quality in the manufacture and use of products in various fields: fire detection systems, fire safety signage, fire fighting materials and systems, and fire reaction testing for different materials.
UNE now has over 600 technical standards in force related to fire safety, of which 80% are cited in regulations such as the Technical Building Code (TBC) and the Regulation on Fire Protection Facilities (RIPCI). According to TECNIFUEGO, approximately 920 companies in the fire protection sector employ more than 20 workers, totalling 18,000 people.
"The relationship between standards and legislation is a successful public-private collaboration, which is key for the single European market. The development of UNE standards is based on the principles of transparency, consensus and collaboration, which are guarantees of the operation of the standardisation system", says Paloma García, UNE Director of Standardisation Programmes and Interest Groups. In Spain, an average of 47 fires occur daily in homes, according to the latest report by the MAPFRE Foundation and the APTB. In addition, early fire detection and subsequent fire extinguishing actions are one of the main measures to prevent forest fires, which destroyed more than 75,000 hectares between January and September 2021.
According to Antonio Tortosa, Vice President of TECNIFUEGO, "the standardisation of fire protection management systems has proved to be an effective ally. It promotes competitiveness between companies and the development fire protection management systems based on standards that build trust among consumers. In addition, technical standards and legislation are closely connected, as the citation of standards in regulations contributes to guaranteeing appropriate levels of safety, functionality and durability."
The event was inaugurated by Paloma García, Director of Standardization Programmes and Stakeholder Engagement at UNE; Antonio Tortosa, Vice President of TECNIFUEGO; and José Rodríguez, chairman of the UNE Committee on Fire Protection Systems. Elena Gayo, Head of the UNE Fire Protection sector, outlined the structure and content of the report and introduced Jorge Jimeno, Area Manager at the General Sub-Directorate of Quality and Industrial Safety of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism; and Francisco Herranz, Technical Director at TECNIFUEGO.
A meeting was also held on the new fire protection regulations, with the participation of Carlos Pérez, from the engineering department at Johnson Controls; Daniel Alvear, Managing Director of the Department of Industry of the Community of Cantabria; Santos Bendicho, Head of the Smoke Control Projects Department at SODECA; and Manuel Martínez, Major Accounts Sales Director at Chubb Iberia. The event was closed by Raquel Martínez, Head of the Construction business area at UNE.