FPA increases collaboration with global leader in safety science

The Fire Protection Association
FPA increases collaboration with global leader in safety science

The UK’s national fire safety organisation, the Fire Protection Association (FPA), is further developing its collaboration with UL, a global leader in safety science, to support fire testing in the UK by expanding testing and laboratory capacities at the FPA’s test laboratory in Blockley, Gloucestershire. UL is investing in the installation of fire resistance test furnaces at the FPA’s test laboratory. As part of the collaboration, tests for fire resistance, which form the basis of UK Regulations and support third party product certification, will be processed quickly and effectively. Negotiations and construction planning for the new laboratory facility have commenced, with the new lab due to open in summer 2022. FPA Managing Director, Jonathan O’Neill OBE said: “The FPA is delighted to be part of this developing collaboration with UL which will further enhance our capacity and capability at our Blockley site. UL certificates are universally recognised as an important demonstration of code compliance for construction projects and products across the globe. As a result of this agreement therefore, manufacturers and system providers will not only have access to the tests and certifications required by UK Regulations but will also be able to satisfy the requirements of regulators around the world.” UL Regional Business Manager, Chris Miles said: “This agreement between UL and the FPA is the next step in a continued cooperation and will provide the UK with much needed extra capacity for fire resistance testing. The location in Central England, the excellent fire safety knowledge that the two parties bring and, of course, the synergies that come from cooperating with the FPA will ensure the success of this venture.”

About the Fire Protection Association (FPA)

The FPA is the UK’s national fire safety organisation. We work to identify the dangers of fire and the means by which potential for loss is kept to a minimum. Since 1946 we have attained an unrivalled reputation for quality of work and expertise in all aspects of fire including research, consultancy, training, membership, publications, risk surveying and auditing. Our products and services are designed to assist fire, security and safety professionals achieve and maintain the very highest standards of fire safety management. Our engineers, scientists and consultants have a vast knowledge of fire and risk prevention as well an in depth understanding of fire behaviour and the consequences of poor risk management. They work with research companies, government bodies, industry and the insurance community on projects of varying scale and complexity.

About UL

As the global safety science leader, UL provides the expertise, insights and services necessary to solve critical business challenges. We help our customers achieve their safety, security and sustainability goals, meet quality and performance expectations, manage risk and achieve regulatory compliance. In the course of our work we meet extraordinary people whose companies are having an extraordinary impact on the world and creating the future. UL’s rigorous scientific processes, experience and solutions empower our customers to innovate fearlessly and drive positive change.

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