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SAFE2TORCH – REDUCING FLAT ROOF FIRE RISK

Industry body seeks to reduce ‘torch’ triggered fires at design stage

The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) is running a Safe2Torch campaign developed in partnership with contractor and manufacturer members of the NFRC.

The campaign seeks to significantly reduce the risk of roof fires when using gas torches, either to dry out roofs or when used to install torch-on membranes.

Free Guidance and a Checklist can be downloaded from the NFRC website

Roof fires caused by gas torches pose a serious threat to life, property, industry image and possibly even the long-term future of torch-on as an accepted method of covering a roof. NFRC believe that fires of this nature can be prevented and has therefore launched the Safe2Torch campaign.

What are the main points?

NFRC stress that those who create risks have a responsibility to manage those risks – placing the ownership of potential fire risks in the right place is the main message of Safe2Torch adding

“It is essential to make sure all fire risks are identified at the survey stage and factored in to the specification before it is written. This means that where any fire risk has been identified, or, just as importantly, where it cannot be ruled out, then the relevant parts of that specification must default to torch-free solutions.

If, subsequently, it can be demonstrated that an area is safe (e.g. when uncovering an area on a refurbishment project) then the specification can, if agreed between all parties, revert to torch application.”

The Safe2Torch campaign is designed to support specification writers to comply with the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015, and ties in with the HSE led ‘Helping Great Britain Work Well’ strategy which promotes a safer and healthier working environment.

NFRC stress that ” Put simply, Safe2Torch is a positive message which puts safety first at the design stage.”

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