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RIDDOR Notification changes

From 6th April 2012 the requirement to report ‘over-3-day injuries’ ceases and is replaced with reporting injuries which result in a worker being incapacitated for more than 7 consecutive days as a result of an occupational accident or injury, not counting the day of the accident but including weekends and rest days.  The report must be made within 15 days of the accident.


“Double knock” fire alarm technology

A burning question for local Fire services: how to have 6,000 fewer false alarms and savemoney?

In November Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services wrote to say that 5,802 calls they received annually were “Unwanted”, as a result of false alarms from automatic fire alarm system activation – an astonishing 95% of the 6,108 total.

By October 2013 there will be a dramatic change requiring confirmation there is a fire before providing an emergency response to a call generated by automatic fire alarms.

That confirmation could be by either:
1. A back-up 999 call confirming there is a fire or that physical signs of fire exist, or
2. A signal from an alarm configured to ‘double knock’ technology#.

It looks like Fire Authorities are heading the same way as the Police in reducing automatic false alarm call outs from intruder alarms. Police action resulted in a wholesale change of control panels to accommodate ‘double knock’# technology to maintain Level 1 response after false alarms.

A Merseyside spokesman said each region would deal with cost savings differently but expected their initiative to spread, so dust off your budget!

# A double knock or coincidence sensing feature can also reduce unwanted alarms by ensuring the control panel gathers information from more than one sensor within the same environment, ‘confirming’ a valid activation.