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Firefighting

We all hope not to use them, but it is important to have them

Fire regulations are an integral part of safety regulations, and knowing them is critical for your business: for the obligations the law imposes, but more importantly for the day-to-day protection of yourself, your workers and your company.

Current regulations classify the fire risk level of enterprises according to their size and characteristics.

Activities are differentiated on three risk classes:

HIGH FIRE RISK ACTIVITIES

The following activities fall into this bracket (non-exhaustive list):

MEDIUM FIRE RISK ACTIVITIES

Activities not included in the previous list and subject to Presidential Decree 151/2011, i.e. (non-exhaustive list), fall into this bracket:

LOW FIRE RISK ACTIVITIES

Activities not included in the previous lists, i.e., all those places where low-flammable substances are present, where operating conditions offer little possibility of outbreak development, and where there is no likelihood of flame spread, fall within this range

Fire-fighting course: what is it, what is it for, and who has to take it?

A key part of fire safety regulations is the training of company personnel and safety officers, especially if working in environments classified with the medium and high risk.

According to Legislative Decree 81/08, the employer must designate one or more workers to be responsible for implementing fire prevention and emergency management measures, and by law must ensure that employees designated to serve in this role receive fire prevention training.

The total duration of the education and training course varies according to the level of risk:

The Fire Fighting Course teaches how to handle emergencies in the company, activate proper evacuation procedures, intervene in the event of a fire start with fire extinguishers, and learn about fire extinguishing systems such as hose reels and hydrants.

In all cases, workers must pass a final test that will enable the company to receive the fire officer certificate.

Fire prevention certificate: what is it and when is it mandatory?

The fire prevention certificate, abbreviated to the acronym CPI, is a certificate stating that the company in question complies with the provisions of the regulations il on fire prevention, and is therefore in possession of prescribed fire safety requirements.

The ICC is issued by the provincial fire brigade command following a verification inspection designed to verify:

Compliance with the requirements of fire prevention regulations
The existence of fire safety requirements in hazardous premises, activities, warehouses, facilities and industries identified in relation to the possession and use of flammable, ignitable or explosive products.

The CPI is only required for some companies and remains valid for 5 years after which you must proceed to send application for periodic renewal of fire compliance.

When is it mandatory?

Not for all enterprises the ICC is mandatory, specifically the list of subject activities is given inAnnex 1 of Presidential Decree 151/2011, which consists of a list of the 80 activities considered to be at greatest risk in case of fire.

Activities are in turn divided into 3 categories according to:

Depending on these criteria, companies may then belong to Category A, low hazard, Category B medium hazard and Category C, high hazard.

Category A

It is not mandatory to ask the Fire Department for project evaluation. Inspections by the Fire Department are carried out on a random basis; if the inspection is carried out, the business owner may request the issuance of the technical inspection report. These are regulated activities, i.e., having a "technical rule," and with a limited level of complexity

Category B

it is mandatory to ask the Fire Department for project evaluation. Inspections by the Fire Department are always carried out on a random basis; if the inspection is carried out, the business owner may request the issuance of the technical inspection report. These are either activities present in category A (having a "technical rule") but with a higher level of complexity or activities without a technical rule but with a lower level of complexity than in the next category C;

Category C

it is mandatory to ask the Fire Department for project evaluation. Inspections by the Fire Department are carried out on a mandatory basis, after which a Fire Prevention Certificate is issued. These are activities with a high level of complexity, regardless of the presence of a "technical rule."

Procedures for applying for cpi

Theobligation to apply for a CPI in subject activities falls on the owner, who must arrange to apply to the Fire Department before starting the work activity, requesting fire prevention control by submitting the following documentation:

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