New blaze qualification starts

16 Jan 2012

Workers could achieve a qualification in the causes of workplace fires, thanks to a newly-launched vocational qualification.

The health, safety and environmental examination board - NEBOSH - is offering the International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management.

Based on good practice and international standards, the qualification uses organisations including the National Fire Protection Association, the International Labour Organisation, the Confederation of Fire Protection Association Europe, and the International Code Council.

Chief executive at NEBOSH, Teresa Budworth, said: "This latest qualification will help raise standards of fire risk management in workplaces across the world.

"Our qualification will provide safety practitioners, managers and others with the know-how and skills to significantly improve fire safety where they work."

About 1% of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is spent on fires every year, the World Fire Statistics Centre said.

A large number of firms never make a recovery after a blaze. The qualification will also involve looking at protection techniques.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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